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Veronica (Catherine McCormack) is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier (Rufus Sewell), cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family. So Veronica's mother, Paola (Jacqueline Bisset), teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the exotic companions favored by the richest and most powerful Venetian men. Veronica courageously uses her charms to change destiny -- and to give herself a chance at true love.

Cast & Crew

Catherine McCormack
Veronica Franco
Rufus Sewell
Marco Venier
Oliver Platt
Maffio Venier
Moira Kelly
Beatrice Venier
Fred Ward
Domenico Venier
Naomi Watts
Guila De Lezze
Jeroen Krabbé
Pietro Venier
Joanna Cassidy
Laura Venier
Daniel Lapaine
Serafino Franco
Paolo Lucidi
Co-Producer
Michael Nathanson
Executive Producer
Debra Petro
Associate Producer
Stephen Randall
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Dangerous Beauty

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  • Jan 10, 2013
    It's so morally WRONG... and yet strangely I found myself cheering for the courtesan... a sexually promiscuous girl who was refused the offer of marriage by the one she loved so she went into prostitution to spite her lover. Honestly, I don't know why I watched the whole thing. It had an interesting ending and I was surprised that it was based on truth.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2011
    A period drama with no real feeling.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2010
    I'd like to forewarn you at the very outset that my rating is biased. Besides, there might be an indirect SPOILER, though I've tried my best not to convey it or give anything away. But I'm not sure whether I've succeeded in it or not. Now here's a movie which has nothing new to offer. A mediocre for most of the part. Almost just another historical love story. If it weren't for the occasional interesting sequences in the middle of this love story, I don't know if I'd have made it till the end. Well, not at least in one sitting. So, you may be wondering why the heck four stars for such a movie? Well, I'd like to admit that my rating is based genuinely on the effect the ending of the movie had on me. I was expecting just the usual ending that one is supposed to expect from this kind of movies (okay, I didn't know the factual story on which this movie was based), but I was blown away by what it was. I can't remember having watched this kind of ending for a movie of this type. For a movie that proceeds in a mediocre way, this surely was a great achievement. And I'm glad that I made it till the very end. The confession speech could have been penned more fiery, though. While it was poetic, it wasn't fiery enough. (Strange coincidence that the last movie I watched was great all the way, but for its conventional ending. And here, it's the ending that made this movie so great for me!!!) The performances weren't quite up to the mark here, except for Oliver Platt (playing the role of Maffio Venier). Both the protagonists, Catherine McCormack & Rufus Sewell, were quite unimpressive. Naomi Watts seemed to be sleepwalking in her short role. Oliver Platt was incredibly great & made a mark in each frame he appeared. Despite of having liked the ending so much, I won't recommend it to anyone on the strength of its ending alone. Because let's face it, after all, it was nothing in the veins of 'The Sixth Sense' or 'The Others' that most of the people would appreciate. While I found the ending quite genuine, it might as well be just another ending for others.
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  • Feb 04, 2010
    Very interesting "true story". Rufus Sewell is fast becoming one of my newest favorites. He's yummy!
    Barbara A Super Reviewer

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