Dangerous Liaisons

Synopsis: In 18th century France, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont play a dangerous game of seduction. Valmont is someone who measures success by the number of his conquests and Merteuil challenges him to seduce the soon to be married Cecile de Volanges and provide proof in writing of his success. His reward for doing so will be to spend the night with Merteuil. He has little difficulty seducing Cecile but what he really wants is to seduce Madame de Tourvel. When Merteuil learns that he has actually fallen in love with her, she refuses to let him claim his reward for seducing Cecile. Death soon follows.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Frears
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

and the sanctity of marriage...

...and still not be able to stop herself.

I want the excitement of watching her...

...betray everything that's

most important to her.

Surely you understand that.

I thought "betrayal"

was your favourite word.

No, no...

..."cruelty. "

I always think that has a nobler ring to it.

- How is Belleroche?

- I'm very pleased with him.

And is he your only lover?


I think you should take another.

I think it most unhealthy, this exclusivity.

You're not jealous, are you?

Of course I am.

Belleroche is completely undeserving.

I thought he was one

of your closest friends.

Exactly, so I know what I'm talking about.


I think you should organise an infidelity.

With me, for example.

You refuse me a simple favour...

...then you expect to be indulged?

It's only because it is so simple.

It wouldn't feel like a conquest.

I have to follow my destiny.

I have to be true...

...to my profession.

All right then.

Come back when you've succeeded

with Madame de Tourvel.


And I will offer you...

...a reward.

My love.

But I shall require proof.


Written proof.

Not negotiable.

I don't suppose there's

any possibility of an advance?

Goodnight, Vicomte.

Where have you been?

Time has no logic when I'm not with you.

An hour is like a century.

I've told you before,

we shall get on a great deal better...

...if you make a concerted effort

not to sound like the latest novel.

It's such a beautiful day,

I believe we'll walk.

You didn't take the sacrament today.


May I ask why?

I have this appalling reputation,

as you may know.

Yes, I have been warned about you.

You have? By whom?

A friend.

The fact is I've spent my life

surrounded by immoral people.

I've allowed myself

to be influenced by them...

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Christopher Hampton

Christopher James Hampton, CBE, FRSL (born 26 January 1946) is a British playwright, screenwriter, translator and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement. more…

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