In 18th century France, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont play a dangerous game of seduction. Valmont is someone who measures success by the number of his conquests and Merteuil challenges him to seduce the soon to be married Cecile de Volanges and provide proof in writing of his success. His reward for doing so will be to spend the night with Merteuil. He has little difficulty seducing Cecile but what he really wants is to seduce Madame de Tourvel. When Merteuil learns that he has actually fallen in love with her, she refuses to let him claim his reward for seducing Cecile. Death soon follows.Written by
Alan Rickman made the role of Valmont famous in London and on Broadway. However, filmmakers wanted to cast an established actor in the role, so Rickman wasn't even considered. Rickman ended up making his Hollywood debut as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) instead. See more »
In Madame de Rosemonde's garden, Valmont sits behind Madame de Tourvel and asks "Why are you so angry with me?" The camera then cuts to a close-up of Tourvel's face, and Valmont is sitting much closer behind her. See more »
I think is strange no one has mentioned this before. Valmont tells Cecile that he slept with her mother before she was born. Madame de Volange did not sleep in the same room as her soon to be husband, and could therefor visit Valmont in his room that night. She became pregnant that night, and since she did not want Valmont as her husband, she therefor told the other man that he was the father, and they had to get married. Later in the movie, Cecile becomes pregnant with Valmont, but has a miscarriage. That is because the baby was a result of father and daughter incest. Read the book, and watch the movie closely, there are more clues..
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