Cruel Intentions

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 plot adapts the 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, modernized among wealthy high school teenagers in New York City.[3]

Cruel Intentions
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Kumble
Screenplay byRoger Kumble
Based onLes Liaisons dangereuses
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Edited by
  • Ryan Mikel
  • Jeff Freeman
Music byEdward Shearmur
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • March 5, 1999 (1999-03-05)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • French
Budget$10.5 million[1][2]
Box office$75.9 million[1]

Initially a smaller-budget independent film, it was picked up by Columbia Pictures and widely released March 5, 1999. Despite mixed critical reviews, the performances of Gellar, Philippe, and Witherspoon were praised and Cruel Intentions has since grossed $76 million worldwide. The 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.[4][5]

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