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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Christopher Hampton (play), Choderlos de Laclos (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Marquise de Merteuil
John Malkovich ... Vicomte de Valmont
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Madame de Tourvel
Swoosie Kurtz ... Madame de Volanges
Keanu Reeves ... Chevalier Danceny
Mildred Natwick ... Madame de Rosemonde
Uma Thurman ... Cécile de Volanges
Peter Capaldi ... Azolan
Joe Sheridan ... Georges
Valerie Gogan Valerie Gogan ... Julie
Laura Benson ... Emilie
Joanna Pavlis Joanna Pavlis ... Adèle
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Major-domo
Paulo Abel Do Nascimento Paulo Abel Do Nascimento ... Castrato
François Lalande François Lalande ... Curé
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lust. Seduction. Revenge. The Game As You've Never Seen It Played Before.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Relaciones peligrosas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,700,000, 31 December 1989
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only film that year nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and not in any Best Motion Picture category at the Golden Globes. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Marquise de Merteuil: Tell us we should think of the opera.
Chevalier Danceny: Oh, it's sublime, don't you find?
Marquise de Merteuil: Monsieur Danceny is one of those rare eccentrics who come here to listen to the music.
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Connections

Version of Wi-heom-han gyan-gye (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Organ Concerto No. 13 in F.
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Leslie Pearson
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In the game of seduction there is one rule - Never fell in love
24 February 2000 | by Blueboy-9See all my reviews

Glenn Close, John Malcovich and Michelle Phieffer head an all star cast in this lavish tale of Sex, Deception and delicious wickedness. Beneath the heaving corsets of 18th century France there lies a world of lust and deportuary which this film reveals.

Glenn Close instructs her deviously seductive lover, John Malcovich to seduce the innocent Madame de Tourvelle (Michelle Pheiffer) a women renound for her religious beliefs, if he succeeds then she shall give him her body in one night of lust, but, one obstacle arises that she did not count on, the pair fall in love - thus beginning a battle of witts and seduction.

This is a must see movie for everyone as is its counterpart - Cruel Intentions, a modern reworking of Dangerous Liaisons


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