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Valmont (1989)

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France before 1789: When a widow hears that her lover is to marry her cousin's daughter, she asks the playboy Valmont to take the girl's virginity. But first she bets him, with her body as prize, to seduce a virtuous, young, married woman.

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Milos Forman
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Valmont
Annette Bening ... Merteuil
Meg Tilly ... Madame de Tourvel
Fairuza Balk ... Cecile
Siân Phillips ... Madame de Volanges (as Sian Phillips)
Jeffrey Jones ... Gercourt
Henry Thomas ... Danceny
Fabia Drake ... Madame de Rosemonde
T.P. McKenna ... Baron
Isla Blair ... Baroness
Ian McNeice ... Azolan
Aleta Mitchell Aleta Mitchell ... Victoire
Ronald Lacey ... José
Vincent Schiavelli ... Jean
Sandrine Dumas ... Martine
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Storyline

Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. However, in the process of seducing the married woman, Valmont falls in love. Based on the same novel as "Dangerous Liaisons." Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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As unpredictable as love itself.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ha-Peetooim Ha-Assurim Shel Velmont See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,008, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$1,132,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,132,112
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Valen screen tested for the role of Madame de Tourvel, but lost to Meg Tilly. See more »

Goofs

After the scene at the pond, Valmont enters his room soaked, with his white shirt almost translucent. As he and Madame de Merteuil order Valmont's servant in and out of the room, Valmont's shirt rapidly dries out. When Valmont finally begins to remove his clothes, they are sopping wet again. See more »

Quotes

Madame de Volanges: Did I show you the cabinet I gave Cecile? It's an exquisite piece. Well, I told her: "You can lock all your secrets in there." Do you know what she said? "Maman, you know it will never be locked." Isn't that the sweetest thing a daughter can say to her mother?
Mertuil: Oh! Yes, yes.
Madame de Volanges: Well, it's locked.
Mertuil: Oh.
Madame de Volanges: I have a duplicate key of course.
Mertuil: Of course.
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Connections

References Amadeus (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet from Quartet in F, Opus 50, Number 5
Franz Joseph Haydn
Performed by the orchestra of the The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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Annette Bening is fantastic
22 September 2004 | by MinneapolisJaneSee all my reviews

Annette Bening has proved again what a versatile actress she is. She positively emanates cruelty and perverseness in this film, but she is the epitome of sweetness in "American President" and fragility in "American Beauty." The pleasure her character takes in causing others' pain makes one easily imagine her reincarnated as a Gestapo torturer. Colin Firth is, as usual, handsome, charming, and believable. Fairuza Balk completely captures the confusion, excitement, and naiveté one would expect of a girl reentering the world after years in a convent. Meg Tilly shows a depth that I hadn't expected and Fabia Drake is wonderful as the hard-of-hearing, elderly, but wise, matron. The costumes and sets were exquisite and evoked the period completely. I highly recommend this for the performances and the ambiance.


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