• Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons

Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: October 29th, 1997

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) display the petty jealousies and jaded insouciance of life in France's royal court in the 18th century, casually ruining the lives of de Merteuil's young romantic rival (Uma Thurman), the music teacher (Keanu Reeves) for whom she secretly pines and the upstanding Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer). But when actual romantic feelings begin to surface, their games take on a more treacherous air.

Cast: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, Mildred Natwick, Uma Thurman, Peter Capaldi

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Keywords: Quest , Passionate , Forbidden love , Deception , France , Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    If there is anything lacking in the movie, it may be a certain gusto. The director, Stephen Frears, is so happy to make this a tragicomedy of manners that he sometimes turns away from obvious payoffs. show more

  • 75
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    The distanced result, screen-adapted by playwright Christopher Hampton, never quite overwhelms you. [21 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    In "Fatal Attraction" [Close] was a woman out of control. Here she's in control of her emotions, too much in control. When Merteuil finally lets loose and gives way to complete animal despair, Close is horrifying. [13 Jan 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]

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Awards

Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Original Film Score
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Art Direction