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Cruel Intentions (1999)


Coming Out at 5 March 1999 in theaters

Drama, Romance

Cruel Intentions is teen romantic drama film written and directed by Roger Kumble and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos in 1782, but set among wealthy teenagers attending high school in New York City instead of 18th-century France.

The film started as a smaller budget independent film, but was picked up by Columbia Pictures and released on March 5, 1999. Despite mixed critical reviews, the performances of Gellar, Philippe, and Witherspoon were praised. Cruel Intentions was a box office success, earning $76 million, with two direct-to-video films.

In an upscale New York City mansion, wealthy and popular teenager Kathryn Merteuil discusses her prep school with Mrs. Caldwell and her daughter, Cecile. Kathryn promises Mrs. Caldwell that she will look out for the naive Cecile. When Kathryn’s stepbrother Sebastian Valmont enters the room, Mrs. Caldwell reacts to him coldly and leaves with Cecile.

Kathryn tells Sebastian that she intends to use Cecile to take revenge on her ex-lover Court Reynolds, who dumped her for Cecile. Kathryn asks Sebastian to seduce Cecile, thereby spoiling her in Court’s eyes. Sebastian refuses because he is planning to seduce Annette Hargrove, the headmaster’s virgin daughter, who has published an essay in support of chastity until marriage.

Director: Roger Kumble

Writers: Choderlos de Laclos (novel), Roger Kumble

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius


Sarah Michelle GellarKathryn Merteuil
Ryan PhillippeSebastian Valmont
Reese WitherspoonAnnette Hargrove
Selma BlairCecile Caldwell
Louise FletcherHelen Rosemond
Joshua JacksonBlaine Tuttle
Eric MabiusGreg McConnell
Sean Patrick ThomasRonald Clifford
Swoosie KurtzDr. Greenbaum
Christine BaranskiBunny Caldwell
Alaina Reed-HallNurse
Deborah OffnerMrs. Michalak
Tara ReidMarci Greenbaum
Herta WareMrs. Sugarman
Hiep Thi LeMai-Lee
Charlie O’ConnellCourt Reynolds
Fred NorrisMeter Maid
Ginger WilliamsClorissa
Drew SnyderHeadmaster Hargrove
Phil HawnSubway Pedestrian
Jim JenkinsMr. Caldwell
Guy KochlaniStudent

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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