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The third adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' classic novel Les Liasons Dangereuses, Milos Forman's Valmont was released one year after Stephen Frears' more famous version of the de Laclos original, Dangerous Liaisons. The plot remains the same: two debauched, depraved 18th century French aristocrats, the Vicomte de Valmont (Colin Firth) and the Marquise de Merteuil (Annette Bening), conspire to destroy several innocent lives, just for the fun of it. But whereas Stephen Frears concentrated on the machinations of the marquise, Forman, per his film's title, devotes most of his screen space to Valmont (played in the Frears version by John Malkovich). In fact, Forman's film concludes with Valmont's conscience-stricken renunciation of his past sins, and his duel to the death, rather than de Meurteil's well-deserved comeuppance. Forman has chosen to set the story back some 50 years, de-emphasizing the opulence that was vital to Frears' vision; he has also utilized a younger cast. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 17, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Theodor Pistek Best Costumes 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theodor Pistek Best Costume Design 1989 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Pierre Guffroy Best Production Design 1989 Winner

Cast

Colin Firth
as Vicomte de Valmont
Annette Bening
as Marquise de Merteuil
Meg Tilly
as Mme. de Tourvel
Fairuza Balk
as Cecile de Volanges
Sian Phillips
as Mme. De Volanges
Fabia Drake
as Mme. de Rosemonde
Jeffrey Jones
as Mons. Gercourt
Henry Thomas
as Chevalier Danceny
T.P. McKenna
as Baron
Isla Blair
as Baroness
Ian McNeice
as Azolan
Aleta Mitchell
as Victoire
Ronald Lacey
as Jose
Vincent Schiavelli
as Jean
Sandrine Dumas
as Martine
Daniel Laloux
as Thug
Christian Bouillette
as Thug
Alain Frerot
as 1st Thug
Nils Tavernier
as Knight of the Maltese Order
Murray Gronwall
as Flea Market Salesman
Yvette Petit
as Mother Superior
Sebastien Floche
as Priest
Ivan Palec
as Servant
John Arnold
as Knight of the Maltese Order
Antony Carrick
as President de Tourvel

Crew

Milos Forman
Director
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriter
Miroslav Ondrícek
Cinematographer
Christopher Palmer
Composer (Music Score)
Neville Marriner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Nena Danevic
Editor
Alan Heim
Editor
Pierre Guffroy
Production Designer
Loula Morin
Art Director
Albert Rajau
Art Director
Michael Hausman
Co-producer
Paul Rassam
Co-producer
Theodor Pistek
Costume Designer
Michel Norman
Special Effects
Garth Inns
Special Effects
Xavier Castano
Production Manager
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