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A chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's wealthiest and most influential women.


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Georges Duroy is a penniless soldier returning from war. He travels to Paris in a search for ways to improve his social and financial status. He uses his wit and powers of seduction to charm wealthy women. Written by Anonymous

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Temptation. Seduction. Obsession. See more »


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Rated R for some strong sexuality, nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bel Ami, historia de un seductor  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$38,018 (USA) (8 June 2012)


$119,919 (USA) (27 July 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Holliday Grainger and Robert Pattinson also starred together in the made for TV movie The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007). See more »


[from trailer]
Georges Duroy: [to Clotilde] What do you enjoy?
Clotilde de Marelle: Everything.
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9 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The storyline and setting for the book is well known, but this film focuses on the main character's development into a ruthless and determined man who will stop at nothing to ensure he does not return to his previous life of poverty and hardship. Robert Pattinson's interpretation is entirely rational and believable.

At the start of the film we see Georges hungry living in conditions that would lead anyone to become desperate. He sees the rich squandering their wealth and when a turn of fate allows him to enter this world he grabs it and initially cannot believe his good luck. However the men who made him decide they no longer want to support him leading him to take his revenge. He has learnt that everyone in these circles is flawed and are willing to take risks in order to get what they want, so he feels that he can do the same.

Robert Pattinson demonstrates that he has grown as an actor and is building on his previous roles.

Go and see this film you will not be disappointed.

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