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Talk about too little, too late. A year after Stephen Frears's marvelous Dangerous Liaisons, Milos Forman released this film, based on the same material: the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Shot at the same time but held so as not to compete, it suffered by comparison. The story--about a pair of aristocrats, former lovers, who wager that the man cannot seduce a particularly chaste woman--is still awash in lust and intrigue. But, while Forman's craft was exceptional, his cast couldn't match the power of its predecessor. In particular, Colin Firth, as the game-playing title character, lacked the snaky charm of John Malkovich, and Meg Tilly couldn't compare to the tragic beauty of Michelle Pfeiffer. Annette Bening, though born to play a vixen, seemed callow and insubstantial next to the sinister depths of Glenn Close. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Colin FirthValmont
Annette BeningMerteuil
Meg TillyMadame de Tourvel
Fairuza BalkCecile
Siân PhillipsMadame de Volanges
Jeffrey JonesGercourt
Henry ThomasDanceny
Ian McNeiceAzolan
Vincent SchiavelliJean

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Milos Forman
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 137 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 17, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 17, 2002
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