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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine McCormack ... Veronica Franco
Rufus Sewell ... Marco Venier
Oliver Platt ... Maffio Venier
Fred Ward ... Domenico Venier
Naomi Watts ... Giulia De Lezze
Moira Kelly ... Beatrice Venier
Jacqueline Bisset ... Paola Franco
Jeroen Krabbé ... Pietro Venier
Joanna Cassidy ... Laura Venier
Melina Kanakaredes ... Livia
Daniel Lapaine ... Serafino Franco
Justine Miceli ... Elena Franco
Jake Weber ... King Henry
Simon Dutton ... Minister Ramberti
Grant Russell Grant Russell ... Francesco Martenengo
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In 16th century Venice, courtesans enjoy unique privileges: dressed richly in red, they read, compose poetry and music, and discuss affairs of state with the men who govern the Republic. When Veronica Franco comes of age, she cannot marry Marco Venier, whom she loves, because she is well born but penniless. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. She's a heroine when she helps convince France to aid Venice in war with Turks, but when plague descends, the Church charges her with witchcraft. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A life without compromise. See more »


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

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Courtesan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,989, 22 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,530,929, 5 July 1998
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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During King Henry's visit, a monk is forcibly detained in an attempt to give Henry a paper. In reality, King Henry III was killed exactly so: a monk, under the subterfuge of giving Henry a private message, fatally stabbed him while whispering in his ear. See more »

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Marco's hand in Veronica's hair when kissing in the niche in the street. See more »

Quotes

Veronica Franco: What do you yearn for, King Henry?
King Henry: [He holds a dagger at her throat] You've heard the rumors, Veronica?
Veronica Franco: Yes, sire.
King Henry: The king's a pervert.
Veronica Franco: What do you really yearn for, King Henry?
King Henry: Tears.
Veronica Franco: Tears for whom?
King Henry: Your tears.
Veronica Franco: You yearn for my tears? I don't think so.
King Henry: Then what do I yearn for?
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Libro quarto d'intavolotura di Chitatone
Composed by Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
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Brilliant - Bravo! Last 10 minutes is superb.
28 April 2000 | by nz manSee all my reviews

Four of us (aged 40 - 50) saw this on video and thoroughly enjoyed it. The speeches at the end provide us with the finest acting and script that is available.

The film is a bit slow in the beginning, but don't give up because this is one incredible piece of dramatic art.


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