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Cruel Intentions -- Sarah Michelle Geller, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon star in this steamy, stylish look at Manhattan's posh youth and their wanton games of sexual manipulation.
Cruel Intentions -- Kathryn makes a bet that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to bed Annette (a virgin, who wants to wait until love). If he loses, Kathryn gets his Jaguar, if he wins, he gets Kathryn.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Choderlos de Laclos (novel)
Roger Kumble (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 March 1999 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In the game of seduction, There is only one rule: Never fall in love See more »
Plot:
Two wealthy step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to de-flower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fantastic update about the rules of seduction See more (747 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Kathryn Merteuil

Ryan Phillippe ... Sebastian Valmont

Reese Witherspoon ... Annette Hargrove

Selma Blair ... Cecile Caldwell

Louise Fletcher ... Helen Rosemond

Joshua Jackson ... Blaine Tuttle

Eric Mabius ... Greg McConnell

Sean Patrick Thomas ... Ronald Clifford

Swoosie Kurtz ... Dr. Greenbaum

Christine Baranski ... Bunny Caldwell

Alaina Reed-Hall ... Nurse

Deborah Offner ... Mrs. Michalak

Tara Reid ... Marci Greenbaum
Herta Ware ... Mrs. Sugarman
Hiep Thi Le ... Mai-Lee

Charlie O'Connell ... Court Reynolds

Fred Norris ... Meter Maid

Ginger Williams ... Clorissa

Drew Snyder ... Headmaster Hargrove
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gina Diaz ... Student (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Subway Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jim Jenkins ... Mr. Caldwell (uncredited)

Elizabeth M. Kelly ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Guy Kochlani ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Kumble 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Choderlos de Laclos (novel "Les liaisons dangereuses")

Roger Kumble (screenplay)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... co-executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Michael Fottrell .... executive producer
Heather Lieberman .... co-producer (as Heather Zeegen)
Bruce Mellon .... co-executive producer
Neal H. Moritz .... producer
William Tyrer .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Shearmur  (as Edward Shearmur)
 
Cinematography by
Theo van de Sande 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Freeman 
 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele 
 
Art Direction by
David Lazan 
 
Set Decoration by
Tessa Posnansky 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Wingate 
 
Makeup Department
Brenda Blatt .... hair stylist
Karen Blynder .... makeup artist
Rose Chatterton .... hair stylist: New York
Dugg Kirkpatrick .... key hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... key makeup artist (as Bradley Wilder)
 
Production Management
Jenifer Chatfield .... post-production supervisor
Diana Schmidt .... production manager: New York
Sara E. White .... unit production manager
Ron Martin .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael A. Allowitz .... assistant director: additional photography
Michael A. Allowitz .... first assistant director
Sam Hill .... first assistant director
Melissa Cummins Lorenz .... second second assistant director
Aida Rodgers .... second second assistant director: New York
Amanda Slater .... second assistant director: New York
Alicia Valdez .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bob Arietta .... on-set scenic: New York
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... assistant property master: New York (as Joseph Badalucco)
Sharleen Bright .... scenic artist
Nathalie Cassegrain .... art department assistant: New York (as Nathalie Leslie-Cassergrain)
Clovis Chamberet .... leadman
Robert Currie .... on-set dresser: New York
Chris DeTitta .... leadman: New York (as Christopher De Titta)
Andrew Dimeo .... property master: New York
Josh Ian Elliott .... on-set dresser
Susan E. Lomino .... assistant art director (as Susan Lomino)
Jim Ondrejko .... construction coordinator (as James Ondrejko)
Lynda Reiss .... property master
Timothy P. Tundel .... art department assistant
Ron von Blomberg .... set decorator: New York (as Ronnie von Blomberg)
Angela M. Whiting .... assistant property master (as Angela Whiting)
Jason Bartolone .... propmaker (uncredited)
Scott Duthie .... visual development (uncredited)
Steven Ladish .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brydon Baker III .... boom operator (as Brydon Baker)
Michael J. Benavente .... dialogue editor (as Michael Benavente)
Susan Dudeck .... adr editor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor (as Allison Fisher)
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Doug Hemphill .... re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Rosa Howell-Thornhill .... sound mixer: New York
Paul Massey .... re-recording mixer
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Bob Newlan .... supervising sound editor
Kim H. Ornitz .... production sound mixer
Hamilton Sterling .... foley editor
John Joseph Thomas .... sound effects editor (as John Thomas)
Ron Vignone .... assistant sound editor
Joe White .... boom operator: New York
Dick Hansen .... cable person (uncredited)
Hanson Hsu .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Anna D. Wilborn .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Matthew Pope .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Erik Liles .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Colin Strause .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Greg Strause .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Edson Williams .... senior digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Al Cerullo .... stunts
Shane Dixon .... stunt coordinator
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Dustin Meier .... stunts (as Dustin J. Meier)
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts (uncredited)
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Benson .... second assistant camera
Levon Besnelian .... dolly grip
A. Anthony Cappello .... first assistant camera
Jack Chouchanian .... key grip
Doug Dalisera .... assistant chief lighting technician: New York (as Douglas Dalisera)
Andrea Dorman .... first assistant camera: New York
Russell Engels .... gaffer: New York
Bill Gerardo .... additional first assistant camera: New York (as Billy Gerardo)
Robert Gray .... camera operator
Richard Guinness Jr. .... dolly grip: New York (as Richard Guiness Jr.)
Billy Kerwick .... best boy grip: New York (as William Kerwick)
Greg Kittelson .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Kevin McKenna .... video assist: New York
Melissa Moseley .... still photographer
George Pattison .... camera operator: New York
James Pollard .... key grip: New York
Frank Rinato .... additional first assistant camera: New York
Jamie Silverstein .... camera operator: "b" camera, New York
Jennifer Koestler .... film loader (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
R. Bruce Prochal .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Suzanne Anaya .... extras casting
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: New York
Carrie Campbell .... casting associate (uncredited)
Rachael Erwin .... casting intern (uncredited)
Freddy Luis .... casting associate (uncredited)
Alan Joseph Ortanez .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Collier .... wardrobe supervisor
Charles C. Crutchfield .... costume supervisor: New York
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan .... costume supervisor: New York (as Deidra Elizabeth Govan)
Kathleen Mussehl .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Debra Goldfield .... assistant editor
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Michael Rafferty .... first assistant editor (as Michael J. Rafferty)
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Michael Thau .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Amanda Goodpaster .... music editor
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
P.J. Bloom .... soundtrack coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Fogel .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Zigmund Gron .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Antunez .... transportation captain
Michael Brum .... transportation captain (as Michael C. Brum Sr.)
Louis Volpe .... transportation captain: New York
Ralph Volpe .... transportation co-captain: New York
David Oppenheim .... driver: production van (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herbert W. Ankrom .... assistant production coordinator
Gerard Averill .... assistant location manager
Brian Bays .... production assistant
Linda Brown .... unit publicist
Jacqueline Butryn .... location manager
Carrie Cook .... assistant: Mr. Moritz
Alan Day .... production assistant
Oliver Decker .... location production assistant: New York
Matthew Docter .... production assistant
Gwen Everman .... production accountant
James Gallagher .... production assistant: New York
Kelsey J. Geisler .... production assistant: New York (as Kelsey Geisler)
Erik Hagestad .... production assistant
Moe Jelline .... assistant: Mr. Moritz
Lonnie Kandel .... production coordinator: New York
Suk Yi Mar .... assistant location manager: New York
Jacqueline Martinez .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Karon May .... script supervisor
Catherine S. McComb .... production coordinator
Timothy R. Price .... production assistant (as Tim Price)
Reid Reilich .... craft service
Nancy Roth .... location manager: New York
Timothy J. Toner .... assistant: Mr. Kumble
Whitney J. Willard .... post-production accountant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Elizabeth A. Bergman .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Elizabeth A. Bergman .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Kevin A. Canamar .... set medic (uncredited)
Adam Francis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Terry Goldman .... assistant: Mr. Ottman (uncredited)
Paul Kruhm .... location services: EastWest Locations (uncredited)
Christopher Lee .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Vernon Rodriquez .... assistant parking coordinator (uncredited)
William Skeen .... cello coach (uncredited)
Kevin Vasconcellos .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Seduction Games" - Israel (English title)
"Sexual Provocation" - Belgium (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use
Runtime:
97 min
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:16 | Belgium:KNT | Brazil:18 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-14 | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:U | Germany:16 | Germany:12 (cut TV version) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 | Malaysia:18SX | Mexico:C | Mexico:B (re-rating) | Netherlands:12 (new rating) | Netherlands:16 (old rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) (cut) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36155)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tara Reid and Joshua Jackson appeared together in Urban Legend the previous year.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The first time the inside of Sebastian's journal is shown, "The Bet" page is opposite the page with Kathryn's picture and the phrase "I'm a bitch". At the end of the movie, Kathryn receives a copy of the journal and opens to "The Bet" page which is now opposite Cecile's page.See more »
Quotes:
Bunny Caldwell:How do you do it? Where do you get your strength?
Kathryn:[Pulling out her cross that she hides her coke in] I know this will sound corny, but, whenever I feel the temptation of peer pressure, I turn to God and he helps me through the problem.
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Soundtrack:
Praise YouSee more »

FAQ

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52 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic update about the rules of seduction, 14 August 2001
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

Cruel Intentions was my favorite movie when I was 14, to me it was everything I just wanted to be as a teen, despite how cruel and manipulative Katheryn was, I thought she was the coolest and strongest female character I'd ever seen on film. Now a couple years afterwards I read the book and saw the original Dangerous Liasons with John Malkovich and Glenn Close, I still very much enjoy Cruel Intentions. Like I said, this was just a terrific updated version of the ultimate story of love and betrayal, it was a little Dawson's Creek at times, but from what angle they went at, it was understandable. It had the biggest stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, Reese Withersppon, Tara Reid, Joshua Jackson, and Selma Blair. May I say they gave extremely impressive performances, but the best without a doubt goes to Sarah Michelle Gellar, she was just ultimately brilliant as Kathryn Muertiel, the cruelist girl in school who's goal isn't to be the most popular, but to dominate everyone's innocence.

Kathryn and Sebastion are step brother and sister, they have a partnership together to work the school into a total wave of turning the most innocent into the most corrupted. They also have a love for each other, but Kathryn is the only girl Sebastian can't have, it kills him and she teases him constantly over it. Kathryn asks Sebastian if he could help her corrupt the girl that took her boyfriend, Cecil, a naive young girl who is under Kathryn's wing, but isn't aware of her intentions. But the plot thickens when Kathryn finds out that Cecil is in love with her black music teacher which her mother wouldn't like very much. Then Sebastian finds a girl, Annette, who believes that people shouldn't experience the act of love until they are in love. He and Kathryn make a bet while he seduces Cecil, that if he can corrupt Annette, he gets to bed Kathryn. But there's one problem, he might be in over his head when he starts to fall in love with Annette.

Cruel Intentions is a great movie with good, strong performances. For what might have been a typical teen movie, this was just a good idea on where the director made decisions on how to make the story real. It's very romantic, heart breaking, and even has it's dark comedic moments for a little breath of air. I will always recommend this film to anyone, it's a great story. I would also highly recommend to watch Dangerous Liasons along with Cruel Intentions, so you have a little bit of a different variety. You'll find yourself a bit seduced with these movies.

9/10

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