Dangerous Liaisons Poster

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

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • 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]

  • 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

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Awards

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