Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

Stephen Frears (1988)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This classically mounted, richly textured production of the scandalous 18th-century "sex as power play" novel is a handsome homage to the idea that women lose out in a man's world even when they at first appear to be in control. The extraordinary performances of Glenn Close, as the vindictive Marquise de Merteuil, and Michelle Pfeiffer, as the pure wife despoiled by the slimy Valmont (John Malkovich) on a wager, help make director Stephen Frears's chilling depiction of an era's corruption heart-wincingly believable. Malkovich, though, seems ill-cast, with all the sleaze but none of the necessary seduction in his portrayal. Despite that, this is a treat for eye and mind.


A philandering aristocrat in 18th-century France schemes with his manipulative former lover to seduce a virtuous young woman. As their conspiracy becomes ever more tangled, events take an unexpected turn. Stephen Frears' Oscar-winning drama of sexual politics, based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' novel, starring John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves.

Cast & Crew

Marquise de Merteuil Glenn Close
Vicomte de Valmont John Malkovich
Madame de Tourvel Michelle Pfeiffer
Madame de Volanges Swoosie Kurtz
Chevalier Dancény Keanu Reeves
Madame de Rosemonde Mildred Natwick
Cécile de Volanges Uma Thurman
Azolan Peter Capaldi
Georges Joe Sheridan
Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains violence, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video and DVD