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The game of conquest is underway. Anything goes when a predatory, wealthy widow (Glenn Close) challenges a notorious rake (John Malkovich) to seduce a beautiful, young newlywed (Michelle Pfeiffer). But this time, a cardinal rule will be broken: two players will fall in love – with tragic results. This acclaimed winner of three Academy Awards®* boasts grand 18th-century sets and costumes. But its characters could step into the 20th century without missing a beat. Directed by Stephen Frears from a scandalous 1782 novel and Christopher Hampton's compelling 1986 play, Dangerous Liaisons is "nasty, decadent fun; the surprise is how much anguished emotion seeps through its cool marble heart" (David Ansen, Newsweek).
© 1988 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
June 21, 2017
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- Release Date:December 21, 1988
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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