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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

The film's release in territories such as UK was deliberately delayed to allow time to pass following the release of Dangerous Liaisons (1988). According to Christopher Hampton, the screenwriter of "Dangerous Liaisons," Milos Forman attended several performances of his play, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," in London, and decided to film his own version of the Choderlos de Laclos novel. The competing production prompted Lorimar Films to rush "Dangerous Liaisons" into production, in order to beat "Valmont" into theaters. It worked, and "Dangerous Liaisons" was a critical and moderate box office success, while "Valmont" received mixed reviews and was a box office failure. See more »

Goofs

In the bathtub, talking with Valmont, Madame's negligee makes dramatic shifts on and off the legs from one shot to the next. See more »

Quotes

Madame de Volanges: Cecile! Martine!
Martine: Yes, Madame?
Madame de Volanges: Where is Cecile?
Martine: [nervously] Cecile? She's... she... she has...
Madame de Volanges: Where is she?
[Martine can't form an answer; Volanges, unable to find Cecile, rings for José]
Madame de Volanges: José, have you been at your post all night?
José: Yes, madame.
Madame de Volanges: Has anyone come in?
José: No, Madame.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 28 April 2017 (2017) See more »

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Tom Jones
Ouverture and Finale
François-André Danican Philidor
Performed by the orchestra of the The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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The Man Who Could Not Love
11 July 2000 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

Valmont is a very entertaining romance set in the upper classes of 17th century France. Valmont, the title character, is a rogue and womanizer. He is very likable, but has a terrible flaw; he can't love, and that is his ultimate undoing.

Milos Forman and his crew expertly recreate the world of baroque France. The actors are excellent especially Colin Firth as Valmont. The pacing is lively, as Valmont's world unravels, or at least gets away from him. Lots could be written on the psychology of Valmont, and its relationship to that of the modern Western man. And the movie works on that intellectual level, but it also works as a period-piece costume romance. I recommend it.


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