"Cruel Intentions" is a drama film released in 1999 that explores the manipulative games of two wealthy step-siblings, Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont. Set in the elite social circles of Manhattan, the film delves into themes of seduction, betrayal, and moral corruption.
Sebastian, a notorious womanizer, accepts a bet from Kathryn to seduce Annette Hargrove, the daughter of their school's new headmaster, who has publicly vowed to remain a virgin until marriage.
The stakes are high, and the consequences are devastating as the characters navigate a world where manipulation is the rule rather than the exception.
Release Date: March 5, 1999
Duration: 97 minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Cast & Crew
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil
- Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont
- Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove
- Selma Blair as Cecile Caldwell
Director: Roger Kumble
Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Bruce Mellon
Writers: Roger Kumble (Screenplay), Choderlos de Laclos (Original Novel)
Where to Watch
United States (US)
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United Kingdom (GB)
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Production Company: Columbia Pictures, Original Film
Filming Locations: New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California
Budget: $10.5 million
Box Office Collection: $76.3 million
Awards & Nominations
List of Awards Won
- MTV Movie + TV Awards: Best Kiss (Sarah Michelle Gellar & Selma Blair)
List of Nominations
- Teen Choice Awards: Choice Drama Movie
- Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama (Reese Witherspoon)
Reviews & Reception
"Cruel Intentions" received mixed reviews from critics. While some praised the film for its edgy take on the classic French novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses," others criticized it for its lack of depth and moral ambiguity.
Sarah Michelle Gellar's performance as Kathryn was widely acclaimed, earning her several award nominations. The film holds a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 70 reviews.
The film became a cult classic, especially among teenagers and young adults, who found its themes of manipulation and betrayal relatable.
It was particularly praised for its dialogue, soundtrack, and the chemistry between the lead actors. The film performed well at the box office, grossing over $76 million worldwide against a budget of $10.5 million.
Box Office Performance
Despite its modest budget, "Cruel Intentions" was a commercial success. It opened at No. 2 at the U.S. box office, earning $13 million in its opening weekend. The film went on to gross $38.3 million domestically and $38 million internationally, totaling $76.3 million worldwide.