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Dangerous Liaisons Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les Liasons Dangeureuses was the basis for this Academy Award-winning Stephen Frears film. The plot is motivated by a cruel wager between the beautiful but debauched Marquise de Merteuil ([[Performer~P13725~Glenn Close~glennclose]]) and her misogynistic former lover, the Vicomte de Valmont ([[Performer~P44846~John Malkovitch~johnmalkovich]]). The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce the virginal Cecile de Volanges ([[Performer~P70905~Uma Thurman~umathurman]]) before the girl can be wed. Valmont offers a more difficult counter-challenge: He bets the Marquise that he will be able to bed the very moral and very married Madame de Tourvel ([[Performer~P56469~Michelle Pfeiffer~michellepfeiffer]]). In the course of carrying out his plan, Valmont is stricken with a sudden case of honor and remorse, while the Marquise becomes all the more vicious. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norma Heyman Best Picture 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stuart Craig Best Art Direction 1988 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stuart Craig Best Production Design 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Glenn Close Best Actress 1988 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Glenn Close Best Actress 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michelle Pfeiffer Best Supporting Actress 1988 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michelle Pfeiffer Best Supporting Actress 1989 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Stephen Frears Best Foreign Film 1989 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stephen Frears Best Director 1989 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Philippe Rousselot Best Cinematography 1988 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Philippe Rousselot Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Acheson Best Costume Design 1988 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Acheson Best Costume Design 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christopher Hampton Best Adapted Screenplay 1988 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Christopher Hampton Best Adapted Screenplay 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Fenton Best Score 1988 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts George Fenton Best Original Film Score 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gerard James Best Art Direction 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hank Moonjean Best Picture 1988 Nominee

Cast

Glenn Close
as Marquise De Merteuil
John Malkovich
as Vicomte De Valmont
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Madame De Tourvel
Swoosie Kurtz
as Madame De Volanges
Keanu Reeves
as Chevalier Danceny
Uma Thurman
as Cecile De Volanges
Mildred Natwick
as Madame De Rosemonde
Nicholas Hawtrey
as Major Domo
Peter Capaldi
as Azolan
Harry Jones
as Armand
Francois Lalande
as Cure
Francois Montagut
as Belleroche
Joe Sheridan
as Georges
Laura Benson
as Emilie

Crew

Stephen Frears
Director
Norma Heyman
Producer
Christopher Hampton
Screenwriter
Christopher Hampton
Play Author
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Mick Audsley
Editor
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
Gavin Bocquet
Production Designer
Gavin Bocquet
Art Director
Gerard Viard
Art Director
Norman Heyman
Co-producer
Hank Moonjean
Co-producer
Christopher Hampton
Co-producer
Gerard James
Set Designer
James Acheson
Costume Designer
Peter Handford
Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Seitz
First Assistant Director
Howard Feuer
Casting
Juliet Taylor
Casting
Dominique Plez
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