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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marquise de Merteuil
... Vicomte de Valmont
... Madame de Tourvel
... Madame de Volanges
... Chevalier Danceny
... Madame de Rosemonde
... Cécile de Volanges
... Azolan
... Georges
Valerie Gogan ... Julie
... Emilie
Joanna Pavlis ... Adèle
Nicholas Hawtrey ... Major-domo
Paulo Abel Do Nascimento ... Castrato
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

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Taglines:

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

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relaciones peligrosas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$34,700,000, 31 December 1989
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Annette Bening was considered for the role of the Marquise de Merteuil and ended up playing that role in the film Valmont (1989). 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

Vicomte de Valmont: Be careful of the Marquise de Merteuil.
Chevalier Danceny: You must permit me to treat with skepticism anything you have to say about her.
Vicomte de Valmont: Nevertheless, I must tell you in this affair, we are both her creatures, as I believe her letters to me will prove. When you have read them, you may decide to circulate them.
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Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: John Malkovich/T.I. (2008) See more »

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Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Great fun to be a playa like Malkovich
11 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie had an extraordinary cast (the incomprehensibly bad Keanu Reeves definitely excluded) which created a movie that still looks great 15 years later. I watched "Cruel Intentions" before "Dangerous Liaisons" and I like both of them, but in a different way. "Cruel Intentions" is a very cool movie mostly intended for the younger generations, simplifying the plot but still maintaining the very essence while "Dangerous Liaisons" puts more importance to the actors performance. Malkovich is amazing, so is Glenn Close and I especially liked the 17 year old Uma Thurman! 8/10


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