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Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American teen romantic drama film written and directed by Roger Kumble and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is a modern retelling of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, set in New York City among rich high schoolers.Initially a smaller-budget independent film, it was picked up by Columbia Pictures and widely released on March 5, 1999. Despite mixed critical reviews, the performances of Gellar, Philippe, and Witherspoon were praised and the film grossed $76 million worldwide. Its box office success spawned a prequel in 2000 and sequel in 2004, as well as a jukebox musical in 2015. Since its release the film has become regarded as a cult classic. Plot In an upscale New York City mansion, wealthy, popular and intelligent teenager Kathryn Merteuil discusses her private school with Mrs. Caldwell and her daughter, Cecile, who will be starting as a freshman at the school soon. Kathryn promises Mrs. Caldwell that she will look out for the sheltered, naïve Cecile. When Kathryn's stepbrother Sebastian Valmont enters the room, Mrs. Caldwell reacts to him coldly and leaves with Cecile. Kathryn tells Sebastian that she intends to use Cecile to take revenge on her ex-boyfriend Court Reynolds, who dumped her for Cecile. Kathryn enlists Sebastian, a notorious womanizer, to seduce Cecile, thereby ruining her in Court's eyes. Sebastian refuses because he is planning to seduce Annette Hargrove, the virgin daughter of the new headmaster at their school, who has written an essay which was published by Seventeen in support of chastity until marriage. After some negotiation, they agree on a wager: if Sebastian fails to seduce Annette, Kathryn gets Sebastian's vintage Jaguar XK140; if he succeeds, Kathryn will have sex with him. Sebastian's first attempt to seduce Annette fails, as she is apparently already aware of his reputation. Sebastian initially suspects Greg, Annette's friend from Kansas who is a popular football player and closeted homosexual. Sebastian convinces Greg to put in a good word about him to Annette, blackmailing him with a photo of him and Sebastian's openly gay friend in bed. Sebastian also finds out that Mrs. Caldwell was the one who warned Annette about Sebastian. Sebastian finally agrees to corrupt Cecile as revenge. Meanwhile, Cecile confides in Kathryn about her romance with her music teacher, Ronald Clifford. Kathryn reveals this to Mrs. Caldwell, who orders Cecile to end the relationship, but only because Ronald is black. Sebastian lures Cecile to his house by claiming he has a letter to her from Ronald. He then gets Cecile drunk and blackmails her into allowing him to perform oral sex on her. The next day, Cecile confides in Kathryn, who advises her to be as promiscuous as possible to learn how to please Ronald. Sebastian begins to truly fall in love with Annette, who returns his feelings but is still hesitant. Sebastian calls her a hypocrite for resisting the chance for true love despite claiming that she was waiting for it. Annette finally relents, but Sebastian, confused about his own feelings, now refuses her. Annette flees to the estate of her friend's parents. Sebastian finds her, professes his feelings, and they make love. Kathryn offers herself to Sebastian after he wins the bet, but he rejects her, now only wanting Annette. Sebastian informs Kathryn that he was planning to tell Annette the truth, but a jealous and enraged Kathryn warns him that doing so will destroy both his and Annette's reputations. Sebastian lies to Annette, claiming that she was just a conquest and that he has no real feelings for her. Devastated, Annette tells him to leave. Sebastian informs Kathryn that he has broken up with Annette and now wants his reward for winning the bet. Kathryn reveals that he, not Annette, was the true target of her scheme and that she manipulated him into abandoning Annette for her own amusement. She then dismisses him, telling him that she doesn't sleep with "losers". Sebastian tries to contact Annette to confess the truth and beg for a second chance, but she refuses to see him. He gives her his journal, in which he has detailed Kathryn's manipulative schemes, their bet, and his true feelings for Annette. Seeking revenge, Kathryn calls Ronald, claiming that Sebastian hurt her and slept with Cecile. Ronald violently confronts Sebastian, and the ensuing fight migrates to the middle of the street. Annette tries to intervene but is thrown into traffic. Sebastian pushes her to safety but ends up getting hit by a taxi. Sebastian and Annette confess their love for each other before he dies. At Sebastian's funeral, Kathryn delivers a eulogy, but people start leaving midway through. Kathryn rushes outside to find Cecile handing out copies of Sebastian's journal. As the details of her manipulations and drug abuse are made public, Kathryn's reputation is finally destroyed. It is implied that the disapproving headmaster will expel her from the school, especially after finding cocaine hidden in the cross of her rosary. In the final scene, Annette drives away in Sebastian's car with his journal at her side, recalling their fondest moments together. Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil, based on the Marquise de Merteuil Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont, based on the Vicomte de Valmont Reese Witherspoon as Annette Hargrove, based on Madame de Tourvel Selma Blair as Cecile Caldwell, based on Cécile Volanges Louise Fletcher as Helen Rosemond, based on Madame de Rosemonde Joshua Jackson as Blaine Tuttle Eric Mabius as Greg McConnell Sean Patrick Thomas as Ronald Clifford, based on the Chevalier Danceny Swoosie Kurtz as Dr. Regina Greenbaum (Kurtz portrayed Madame de Volanges in the 1988 film version of Dangerous Liaisons) Christine Baranski as Bunny Caldwell, based on Madame de Volanges Alaina Reed Hall as Nurse Deborah Offner as Mrs. Michalak Tara Reid as Marci Greenbaum Hiep Thi Le as Mai-Lee Herta Ware as Mrs. Sugarman Drew Snyder as Headmaster Hargrove Charlie O'Connell as Court Reynolds, based on the Comte de Gercourt Fred Norris as Meter MaidProduction One of the filming locations was Old Westbury Gardens in Nassau County, New York, as well as the Harry F. Sinclair House in New York City. In a 2016 interview, Sarah Michelle Gellar revealed that the original title of the movie was to be "Cruel Inventions". Reception Cruel Intentions received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval score of 54% based on reviews from 114 critics, with an average rating of 5.20/10. The site's consensus states: "This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions". Metacritic gave the film an average score of 56 out of 100 based on reviews from 24 critics.Charles Taylor of Salon.com described the film as "the dirtiest-.... Discover the Annette Blair popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Annette Blair books.

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    Butterfly Garden

    Annette Blair

    Amishwoman Sara Lapp, all but shunned for studying with the English doctor to become a midwife, is shocked that, after months of waiting, her first call to tend a birth comes from ...

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    Eating Bees in Bed

    Annette Blair

    McKenna Greylock is in desperate need of a jackofalltrades to help turn her Victorian home into a bedandbreakfast. She has a tight budget and ninety days to meet the building inspe...

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    Kein Friede seiner Asche

    Carolyn Haines & Dietmar Schmidt

    Spannend und humorvoll ein neuer Fall für Sarah Booth DelaneyLawrence Ambrose war einst ein bekannter Schriftsteller. Nun plant er ein Comeback und zwar mit einem Buch über Zinnia...

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    Unmistakable Rogue

    Annette Blair

    “An Unmistakable Rogue brings to mind the best of Teresa Medeiros or Loretta Chase. Funny ... Passionate ... exquisitely lyrical....” Eloisa James UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE, Book Three Th...

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    The Scoundrels Box Set

    Annette Blair

    Books in the set:  SEA SCOUNDREL, Book One  PROPER SCOUNDREL, Book Two  CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, Book Three HOLY SCOUNDREL, Book Four  The Scoundrels Boxed Set: ...

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    The Rogues Club Boxed Set

    Annette Blair

    Books in the set: UNDENIABLE ROGUE, Book One UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, Book Two UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE, Book Three UNTAMABLE ROGUE, Book Four Irresistible rogues, bold brides, and marriages...

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    Rogues and Scoundrels Boxed Set

    Annette Blair

    From a New York Times Bestselling Author, two fourbook sets of Gothic Regency Historicals, each a sexy, fulllength awardwinning novel. Two groups of gallant but hellraising, titled...

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    Untamable Rogue

    Annette Blair

    This book was formerly published under the title "A Christmas Baby."  UNTAMABLE ROGUE, Rogues Club, Book Four Ashford Blackburne, Fifth Earl of Blackburne, does not care whe...

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    Sea Scoundrel

    Annette Blair

    Lady Patience Kendall crossed the sea to marry, but her intended died before she arrived in America. Penniless and stranded, she found a risky way to get home: Charge several rich...

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    Holy Scoundrel

    Annette Blair

    Lacey Ashton returns home to face the ghosts she left behind, among them Vicar Gabriel Kendrick, who now despises her as much as he once loved her.  Five years before, unmarri...

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    Unforgettable Rogue

    Annette Blair

    UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, The Rogues Club, Book Two Beauty and the beast trade places. After being reported dead, handsome as sin Bryceson Wakefield, Duke of Hawksworth, returns home sc...

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    Everlasting

    Annette Blair

    What kind of guardian angel gets knocked back to earth? The kind who falls in love with his ward. Chance Godricson is Kenya Kilmartin’s guardian, and when he's hired to help her th...

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    Unselig sind die Friedfertigen

    Carolyn Haines & Dietmar Schmidt

    Sarah Booth Delaney und ein neuer Fall, der es in sich hatDie junge Quentin McGee wurde brutal in einem Baumwollfeld ermordet. Die Liste der Verdächtigen ist lang, denn kurz vor ih...

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    Proper Scoundrel

    Annette Blair

    PROPER SCOUNDREL (Formerly: Scoundrel in Disguise) Knave of Hearts, Two of Four Lust muddies a highstakes battle only one can win. Marcus adores Jade the minute he sees her; she de...

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    Captive Scoundrel

    Annette Blair

    CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, (Lady Faith, the uncut version) Knave of Hearts, Three of Four A carriage sent over a cliff, a greedy brother and an unfaithful wife leave Justin Devereux, Duke ...