- Original title
- Running time
- 120 min.
- United Kingdom
Christopher Hampton (Novel: Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)
Warner Bros. / Lorimar Television / NFH Limited
Drama | Costume Drama. 18th Century. Revenge
- Movie Groups
Choderlos de Laclos Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Based on the infamous novel LES LIASONS DANGEREUSES by Choderlos de Laclos and the subsequent Christopher Hampton play, set in pre-revolutionary France, a cunning Marquise (Glenn Close) and a seductive Vicomte (John Malkovich) mastermind a cruel and complicated game of romantic manipulation. Set against the backdrop of high--society baroque boudoirs, filled with deceitful lovers and cunning sexual gamesmanship the Marquise and the Vicomte agree to a competition involving a virginal young bride (Uma Thurman) and a faithful wife (Michele Pfieffer). When the Vicomte successfully seduces the virtous and faithful wife they unexpectantly fall in love, breaking the rules of the inhuman Marquises clever parlor game with vengeful results.
: 3 Academy Awards: Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design. 7 Nom.
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
: BAFTA Awards: Best Supp. Actress (Pfeiffer) & Adapted Screenplay. 10 Nominations
: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
1988: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 2 Nom., incl. Best Actress (Glenn Close)
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"A first-rate piece of work by a director who's daring and agile (...) It's heaven – alive in a way that movies rarely are."
Pauline Kael: The New Yorker
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