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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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Writers (WGA):
Choderlos de Laclos (novel)
Roger Kumble (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 March 1999 (USA) See more »
In the game of seduction, There is only one rule: Never fall in love See more »
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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Clever, witty and very sensual See more (747 total) »


  (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
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)
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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Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The Valmount townhouse interiors were built and shot on sound stages in Los Angeles while the exterior scenes were filmed in New York City.See more »
Continuity: When Sebastian goes to see Annette you can see her bra above her top but in the next shot you can't see it anymore.See more »
Annette:I'm impressed.
Sebastian:Well, I'm in love.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »
Bittersweet SymphonySee more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Clever, witty and very sensual, 2 May 2010
Author: BernardoPinto from Portugal

In this film wealthy prep school student Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) bets her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) that he can't deflower the virginal Annette (Reese Witherspoon) before the school year begins. If he fails to accomplish this task, Kathryn gets his Jaguar Roadster; if he succeeds, he gets an evening of pleasure with Kathryn.

I just finished watching Cruel Intentions and what a pleasant surprise this film turned out to be. I guess the best way to describe it is as a sexy and seductive thriller. The film is very clever and bold but above all, extremely engaging and entertaining. Dealing with this kind of subject...making this kind of's definitely not easy. Usually these kind of films come off somewhat "fake" and lame; corny, whatever you want to call it. Thankfully, Cruel Intentions went the other way, probably thanks to the witty and sharp dialogue and a very good direction.

Ryan Phillippe delivered a terrific performance and so did Reese Witherspoon. I was actually a bit disappointed with Sarah Michelle Gellar, her acting was not very convincing at times to say the least but honestly, the story is so engaging that I was able to overlook that flaw. Another aspect that really took me by surprise was the musical score. Cruel Intentions has one of the best soundtracks I have ever seen in films. There's some great well known songs like Skunk Anansie's "secretly" and Placebo's "every me and every you", but there's also some fast paced instrumental tracks throughout the film that really compliment the scenes. Overall, a great watch and so much more then a teen film.


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