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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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

When the novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses" by Choderlos de Laclos was first published in 1782, it was considered so scandalous, that when Queen Marie Antoinette commissioned a copy for her personal library, she had to have it bound in a blank cover, so that no-one would recognize the author's name or title. 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: My victory wasn't over her.
Vicomte de Valmont: Of Course it was. What are you talking about?
Marquise de Merteuil: It was over you.
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Connections

Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Betrayed (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ombra mai fu
(from opera "Serse")
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Paulo Abel Do Nascimento sopranista
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Brilliant and darkly cold
26 November 1999 | by ArkaanSee all my reviews

I believe this is the best of the four adaptations of the play/novel Dangerous Liaisons.

Glenn Close plays Mertuil, who, with Malkovich's Valmont, manipulate and seduce others for entertainment. In comes Michelle Pfieffer's beautiful Madame de Tourvel, whose husband is off at a trial (or something to that extent). Valmont realizes what a capture it would be if he were to succeed in seducing her, and making her forget all her vows of fidelity. Uma Thurman also has a smaller part, one of those who was seduced by Valmont.

Uma Thurman is great, Michelle Pfieffer is exquisite, but it's Close and Malkovich who dominate the screen. Close's mercilessly cunning character has most of the great lines. When asked if betrayal is her favourite word, she replies, "No. Cruelty is. It's much more nobler, don't you think". Malkovich plays a Machiavellian character you lies and cheats to get what he wants

The climax is thrilling, and the finale is incredible. Glenn Close's performance was certainly worthy of the Oscar nomination, and maybe the award. It is her best performance.


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