Valmont (1989)



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In 18th-century France, a pair of debauched aristocrats participate in a depraved game of seduction that seems destined to ruin several innocent lives. This adaptation of the classic novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses shifts the attention to the male aristocrat, the Vicomte de Valmont.
Drama , Romance
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Colin Firth
as Valmont
Annette Bening
as Merteuil
Meg Tilly
as Madame de Tourvel
Fairuza Balk
as Cecile
Sian Phillips
as Mme. De Volanges
Jeffrey Jones
as Mons. Gercourt
Henry Thomas
as Chevalier Danceny
Fabia Drake
as Mme. de Rosemonde
Isla Blair
as Baroness
Ian McNeice
as Azolan
Aleta Mitchell
as Victoire
Sandrine Dumas
as Martine
Antony Carrick
as President de Tourvel
Murray Gronwell
as Flea Market Salesman
Yvette Petit
as Mother Superior
Murray Gronwall
as Flea Market Salesman
Richard de Burnchurch
as Volanges' Majordomo
Jose Licenziato
as Blind Guitar Player
Ivan Palec
as Servant
Nils Tavernier
as Knight of the Maltese Order
Alain Frerot
as Thug #1
Daniel Laloux
as Thug #2
John Arnold
as Knight of the Maltese Order #1
Niels Tavernier
as Knight of the Maltese Order #2
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Colin Firth's Valmont is pleasant, a dreadful thing to say about one of literature's most magnetic seducers.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Valmont is a superb piece of craftsmanship, impeccable in every detail from lighting to costuming, but as a work of art it remains tentative and blurred.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Chicago Tribune
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Milos Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere, while fiddling with the plot of this deliciously nasty tale, have studiously embalmed its spirit.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
TIME Magazine
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The results are too pretty and well acted to be a total washout, but the fascination with evil and power that gives the novel intensity is virtually absent; what remains is mainly petty malice and mild cynicism.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Because there are no characters animating his panorama, all this serves to prove is that though Forman's movie is broader than Frears', it is also shallower.

Full Review… | February 9, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What keeps the film interesting, if not riveting, is the generally on target casting and resulting topnotch interpretations.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Valmont


As in his mighty "Amadeus", Milos Forman again narrates a picaresque drama within aristocratic circles in this adaptation of "Les Liasons Dangereuses". Less energetic and lush than the one directed by Stephen Frears, even with a younger and fresher, cast. Forman bets for a subtler, classier approach and decides to concentrate solely on the tribulations of the character that names the film, finishing it before other characters' fate come to full circle. In my view, a controversial decision that gives the upper hand to Frears' previously released take on the same story.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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It is interesting how wealthy 18th century aristocrats spend their time and efforts. It is funny; whenever I see a film from this era, instead of enjoying the stories of the aristocrats, I wonder about the lives of the common people who play the instruments or prepare the meals or wait on those rich.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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I thought this was the better of the two 80's versions. Subtler.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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