Dame Harriet Mary Walter is an English stage and screen actress. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility, The Governess, Villa des Roses and Man Up. On television she starred as Natalie Chandler in the ITV drama series Law & Order: UK, as Lady Prudence Shackleton in four episodes of Downton Abbey, as Clementine Churchill in The Crown, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for services to drama. Walter began her career in 1974 and made her Broadway debut in 1983. For her work in various Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including Twelfth Night and Three Sisters, she won the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival, her other notable work for the RSC includes leading roles in Antony and Cleopatra. She won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth I in the 2005 London revival of Mary Stuart, received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play when she reprised the role on Broadway in 2009, she reprised her roles of Brutus in Julius Caesar and the title role in Henry IV, as well as playing Prospero in The Tempest, as part of an all-female Shakespeare trilogy in 2016.
Walter was born in England. She is the niece of renowned British actor Sir Christopher Lee, being the daughter of his elder sister Xandra Lee. On her father's side, she is a great-great-great-granddaughter of founder of The Times, she was educated at the Cranborne Chase School. After turning down a university education, she was in turn rejected by five different drama schools before being admitted into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Following her training she gained early experience with the Joint Stock Theatre Company, Paines Plough touring, the Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster, her partner, until his death in 2004, was actor Peter Blythe. On 21 May 2011 she married an American actor, she has worked many times throughout her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in productions including Nicholas Nickleby, A Midsummer Night's Dream, as Helena in All's Well That Ends Well, The Castle, Dasha in A Question of Geography, Viola in Twelfth Night, Masha in Three Sisters, The Duchess of Malfi and Much Ado about Nothing.
She returned to the RSC in 2015 to play Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, directed by Gregory Doran. She was made an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987, her other theatre work includes Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Hedda Gabler and Mary Stuart. In New York, she made her Broadway debut in 1983, when the RSC production of All's Well That Ends Well transferred there. In 1993 she starred as Biddy in the Off-Broadway production of Three Birds Alighting on a Field, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination, she returned to the Broadway stage in 2009 when she and Janet McTeer reprised their roles in Mary Stuart. In 2014 Walter starred as Brutus in an all-female production of Julius Caesar Off-Broadway and received her second Drama Desk nomination, her films include Sense and Sensibility and Hallways, The Governess, Villa des Roses and Bright Young Things. On television, in 1987, she portrayed Lord Peter Wimsey's love interest Harriet Vane for three instalments of the BBC's A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery, played Detective Inspector Natalie Chandler from 2009–12 in the ITV drama series Law & Order: UK.
Other TV roles include Mrs. Gowan in the 2008 BBC adaptation of Little Dorrit and Lady Shackleton in three episodes of Downton Abbey. Series. In 2016, she played Clementine Churchill on the Netflix series The Crown, in 2017, appeared in two episodes of the BBC drama Call the Midwife as Sister Ursula, she is a patron of several notable charities. Walter played Brutus in Julius Caesar in 2012, the title role in Henry IV in 2014, in all-female productions at the Donmar Warehouse. Both productions transferred to Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse in New York, she is set to reprise both roles, as well as playing Prospero in an all-female production of The Tempest, as part of director Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare trilogy at the Donmar's temporary, in-the-round, 420-seat theatre next to King's Cross station in 2016. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 New Year Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama.
In 2001 she and Kenneth Branagh were both given honorary doctorates and honorary fellowships at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford. Her performance in Mary Stuart at the Donmar Warehouse transferred to Broadway, where it was nominated for numerous Tony Awards, including Best Actress nods for her and her co-star Janet McTeer. 1981/82, Royal Shakespeare Company, Helena in All's Well That Ends Well 1987/88, Royal Shakespeare Company, Imogen in Cymbeline 1987/88, Royal Shakespeare Company, Viola in Twelfth Night 1987/88, Royal Shakespeare Company, Dacha in A Question of Geography 1988, Royal Shakespeare Company, Masha in Chekhov'sThree Sisters 1989/90, Royal Shakespeare Company, Duc
Kathleen Doyle Bates is an American actress and director. Bates began her career on the stage, was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in'night, Mother. For her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the 1990 film Misery, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, she followed this with roles in Fried Green Tomatoes, Dolores Claiborne, Titanic. She received her second and third Academy Award nominations for Primary Colors and About Schmidt, in the category of Best Supporting Actress, she is the recipient of two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three American Comedy Awards, two BAFTA nominations. Bates' television work has resulted in 14 Emmy Award nominations, including two for her role as Harriet "Harry" Korn on the NBC series Harry's Law, a win for her portrayal of Delphine LaLaurie on the third season of American Horror Story. In 2012, she received the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance on the ninth season of Two and a Half Men.
She received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her portrayal of Miss Hannigan in the 1999 television adaptation of Annie. Her directing credits include several episodes of the HBO series Six Feet Under. Bates was born in Memphis, the youngest of three daughters of mechanical engineer Langdon Doyle Bates and homemaker Bertye Kathleen, her paternal grandfather was author Finis L. Bates, her great-great-grandfather was an Irish emigrant to New Orleans, who served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor. She graduated early from White Station High School and from Southern Methodist University, where she majored in Theatre and became a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she moved to New York City in 1970 to pursue an acting career. Bates' history of Broadway appearances includes Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July and the Robert Altman-directed Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean with Karen Black and Cher. Bates originated the role of Lenny in the first production of Crimes of the Heart at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1979.
She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1983 for her stage role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play'night, Mother with Anne Pitoniak. The stage production ran for more than a year. One of her other successful New York stage productions was, Off Broadway, in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune which ran 533 performances and for which she won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1988. McNally wrote the play for Bates and F. Murray Abraham, who had to drop out and was replaced by Kenneth Welsh; the play was filmed as Frankie and Johnny, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. She succeeded Amy Irving in the Off-Broadway production of The Road to Mecca in 1988. Bates' first feature film role was in the 1971 Miloš Forman comedy Taking Off, in which she sings an original song "Even Horses Had Wings.” Bates' next feature was the Dustin Hoffman film Straight Time. In 1977, Bates made her Soap opera debut as Phyllis on NBC's soap opera The Doctors. From 1983 to 1984, she played prison inmate Belle Bodelle on All My Children and from 1984 to 1985, she played Evelyn Maddox on One Life to Live.
In 1990 she appeared again with Hoffman in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy as a stenographer. She appeared in films like The Morning After and Summer Heat, while guest-starring on television's L. A. Law, she landed the role of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes, who holds her favorite author captive, in the 1990 thriller film Misery, based on the Stephen King novel. Bates received her first Academy Award nomination for that role. Soon after, she starred with Jessica Tandy in the acclaimed 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes, based on the novel by comedic actress Fannie Flagg. In 1995 Bates played the title character in Dolores Claiborne, a film adaptation of another Stephen King novel, although she was not nominated for an Oscar. In 1997 Bates played Molly Brown in James Cameron's Titanic. Based on the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, the film went on to earn more than $1.8 billion in box-office receipts worldwide. Bates excelled in her role as the acid-tongued "dustbuster" political advisor Libby Holden in the 1998 drama film Primary Colors, adapted from the book in which political journalist Joe Klein novelized his experiences on the Presidential campaign trail in 1991–1992.
For this performance, she received her second Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002 she received her third nomination, for About Schmidt. More she and Terry Bradshaw played the parents of Matthew McConaughey's character in the 2006 film Failure to Launch. Bates was featured in an uncredited cameo in the miniseries of Stephen King's The Stand. Bates has been nominated for an Emmy Award twelve times, she was first nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, for her performance as Jay Leno's manager Helen Kushnick in HBO's The Late Shift, has been nominated in the same category as Miss Hannigan in Disney's remake of Annie, for the HBO Franklin Roosevelt biopic Warm Springs. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Lifetime Television's Ambulance Girl, which she directed, received a Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nomination for Alice, she appeared in ten episodes of the HBO cable television series Six Feet Under for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, as Bettina, in 2003.
She was nomi
The Hit (1984 film)
The Hit is a 1984 British road crime film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Hurt, Terence Stamp, Laura del Sol and Tim Roth. The film was Stamp's first starring role in over a decade and Roth won an Evening Standard award as an apprentice hit man; the title music is provided by Eric Clapton. Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia performed the soundtrack music; the film was released on DVD by The Criterion Collection in April 2009. London gangster Willie Parker gives evidence against his criminal compatriots in return for a generous offer from the police. Ten years Parker lives in comfortable retirement in Spain until four Spanish youths kidnap him and deliver him to two hit men hired by the kingpin that Parker helped put away. In the course of the kidnapping they murder a Spanish policeman, assigned to guard Parker. At least three of the youths are killed by a bomb in a briefcase handed to them by Braddock, the older of the hit men, pretending that it contains their payoff money.
Braddock is a world-weary professional killer. Parker adopts a carefree demeanour, claiming that he's had ten years to accept death as a simple part of life, he follows Braddock and Myron to a safe house in Madrid, where they are surprised to find Harry, an Australian gangster and acquaintance of Braddock, squatting there with his young Spanish girlfriend Maggie. Parker intentionally reveals his identity to Harry forcing the hit men to kidnap Maggie and kill Harry; the group heads toward the French border intending to reach Paris, where the kingpin against whom Parker testified is waiting for his arrival. All the while, Parker sows discord between the two hit men, causing a number of violent incidents that keep the police hot on their trail. A senior police inspector follows the trail of bodies. While stopping at a roadside bar, Myron is laughed at by some men while he is ordering beers, so he beats them up. Myron has developed a fondness for Maggie and begins protecting her from Braddock, who has several violent confrontations with her behind Myron's back.
Braddock takes Maggie with him to get petrol for the car. Maggie tries to alert the station attendant to her plight, resulting in Braddock shooting the attendant dead, they return to find Myron has allowed Parker to slip away. Braddock finds him gazing at a waterfall and confronts him about his lack of concern over his impending death. Parker reminds Braddock that death is inevitable for all and quotes John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud"; the next day, Braddock drives to an isolated hillside and announces that he's scrapped the plans to go to Paris. Afraid, Parker insists that he can't die until he goes to Paris. Braddock levels shoots him in the back as he flees, he turns the pistol on Myron and kills him. Maggie surprises they wrestle over the gun. During the struggle, Braddock knocks Maggie unconscious; the police locate the two bodies. As Braddock attempts to cross the Spanish-French border by foot, Maggie identifies him to the police, who fatally shoot him as he runs; the police attempt to question the dying Braddock but he only winks at Maggie before he dies.
Terence Stamp as Willie Parker John Hurt as Mitchell Braddock Tim Roth as Myron Laura del Sol as Maggie Bill Hunter as Harry James Lombard as Billy Morrison Fernando Rey as Senior Policeman Lennie Peters as Mr. Corrigan Willoughby Gray as Judge Jim Broadbent as Barrister At review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film is certified "fresh" with an overall approval rating of 86% as of April 2013. Wes Anderson ranked it the fifth best British film; the Hit on IMDb The Hit at AllMovie The Hit at Box Office Mojo The Hit at Rotten Tomatoes Chef du Cinema: The Hit an essay by Ron Deutsch at the Criterion Collection
My Beautiful Laundrette
My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi. The film was one of the first films released by Working Title Films; the story is set in London during the Thatcher years, as reflected in the complex—and comical—relationships between members of the Pakistani and English communities. The story focuses on Omar, played by Gordon Warnecke, a young Pakistani man living in London, his reunion and eventual romance with his old friend, a street punk named Johnny, played by Daniel Day-Lewis; the two become the caretakers and business managers of a launderette owned by Omar's uncle Nasser. The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century. Omar Ali is a young man living in Battersea in the Wandsworth area of South London, right by the railway station during the mid-1980s, his father, once a famous left-wing British Pakistani journalist in Bombay, lives in London but hates Britain's society and its international politics.
His dissatisfaction with the world and a family tragedy have led him to sink into alcoholism, so that Omar has to be his caregiver. By contrast, Omar's paternal uncle Nasser is a successful entrepreneur and an active member of the London Pakistani community. Papa asks Nasser to give Omar a job and, after working for a brief time as a car washer in one of his uncle's garages, he is assigned the task of managing a run-down laundrette and turning it into a profitable business. At Nasser's, Omar meets a few other members of the Pakistani community: Tania, Nasser's daughter and a future bride. While driving Salim and his wife home that night, the three of them get attacked by a group of right-wing extremist street punks, their apparent leader turns out to be Omar's childhood friend. Omar tries to reestablish their past friendship, offering Johnny a job and the opportunity to adopt a better life by working to fix up the laundrette with him. Johnny decides to help with the laundrette and they resume a romantic relationship, interrupted after school.
Running out of money and Johnny sell one of Salim's drug deliveries to make cash for the laundrette's substantial renovation. On the opening day of the laundrette, Omar confronts Johnny on his fascist past. Johnny, feeling guilty, tells him. Nasser visits the laundrette with Rachel; as they dance together in the laundrette and Johnny make love in the back room, narrowly escaping discovery. At the inauguration, Tania confronts Rachel about having an affair with her father. Rachel accuses Nasser of having invited Tania on purpose to have her insulted, storms off despite his protests; that night, a drunk Omar proposes to Tania, who accepts on the condition that he raise money to get away. Soon after, Salim reveals to Omar that he is on to them, demands his money back. Omar's father stops by late in the night and appeals to Johnny to persuade Omar to go to college because he is unhappy with his son running a laundrette. Offering Salim a chance to invest in his businesses as a much needed'clean outlet' for his money, Omar decides to take over two laundrettes owned by a friend of Nasser.
Salim drives Johnny and Omar to view one of the properties, he expresses his dislike of the British non-working punks in Johnny's gang. He injures one of them. Meanwhile, Rachel falls ill with a skin rash caused by a ritual curse from Nasser's wife, decides it is best for all that she and Nasser part ways; the next day Tania drops by the laundrette and tells Johnny she is leaving, asking him to come along. He refuses, implicitly revealing the truth about himself and Omar and she departs wordlessly. After Salim arrives and enters the laundrette, the punks, lying in wait, trash his car; when he runs out on noticing them, he is viciously attacked. Johnny decides to interrupt and defend him, despite their mutual dislike, the punks turn their attention to him instead; as he refuses to fight back, they beat him savagely until Omar returns and intervenes, protecting Johnny as the punks trash the laundrette and flee the scene. Nasser visits Hussein, the two discuss their respective failures, agreeing between them that only Omar's future matters now.
Nasser sees Tania at the train platform while she is running away, he shouts to her but she disappears. Meanwhile, at the laundrette, Omar nurses Johnny, the two bond; the film ends with a scene of them shirtless, playfully splashing each other with water from a sink, implying that they are continuing their relationship together. My Beautiful Laundrette was Frears' third feature film for the cinema. Shot in16mm for Channel 4 on a low-budget, it was met with such critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Film Festival that it was distributed to cinemas and became an international success; the film marked the first time Oliver Stapleton was in charge of cinematography in one of Frears' projects. He would become one of the director's most consistent collaborators. My Beautiful Laundrette received positive reviews holding a 97% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.3/10. My Beautiful Laundrette was nominated in 1987 for a single Academy Award – Best Original Screenplay, by Hanif Kureishi.
It lost to Her Sisters. Kureishi was nominated for a 1986 BAFTA award; the screenplay received an award from the American National Society of Film Critics. Daniel Day-Lewis received the 1986 award for Best Supporting Actor from the U. S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the
Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell is an English stage and film actor. He is known for his roles in films such as Dead Man's Shoes, RocknRolla, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, War Horse, Wrath of the Titans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Fantastic Four, Warcraft, A Monster Calls, Ben-Hur, Gold, he is known for his work in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You". He most starred in the second film of the MonsterVerse film series, Kong: Skull Island, released in March 2017. Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in South Elmsall, on the A638 between Doncaster and Wakefield, but grew up in Nottinghamshire where he attended The Grove School in Balderton, he was brought up by his mother, Michelle, a cook and landscape gardener, after his parents divorced. His father, Robert Kebbell, is an engineer, he was raised Catholic, went to a Catholic primary school. Kebbell trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham along with Andrew Shim and Vicky McClure.
First came to notice when director Shane Meadows cast him in the role of Anthony in the film Dead Man's Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and was lauded for his sensitive, moving portrayal of a young man with a learning difficulty. Kebbell appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Match Point, which Woody Allen cast him in without audition after being impressed with his performance in Dead Man's Shoes. Kebbell's most critically acclaimed role came in 2007 when he played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards. He was nominated for the London Critics' Circle Best Supporting Actor Award alongside Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson. In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street, which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series, his other work for the BBC included a modern retelling of Macbeth alongside James McAvoy, while his theatre roles included spells at the Almeida Theatre in David Hare's reworking of Maxim Gorky's Enemies and at the Playhouse in R.
C. Sherriff's Journey's End. In September 2008, Kebbell was featured in the film RocknRolla and directed by Guy Ritchie, alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton. Kebbell played Johnny Quid. To play the role Toby Kebbell learned to operate a semi automatic. In January 2009, Kebbell was nominated in the "Orange Rising Star Award" category of the 2009 BAFTA Awards; this award is voted for by the public. Kebbell appeared in the 2009 film Cheri, directed by Stephen Frears, in which he took a small role alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, he filmed in London with Jake Gyllenhaal for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. In 2011, Kebbell played a leading role in "The Entire History of You", the finale of the first season of Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed anthology series Black Mirror, written by Jesse Armstrong. Robert Downey Jr. has since bought the rights to adapt the script for a forthcoming film. In 2014, Kebbell took over the role of Koba in the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Koba was a badly treated experimental bonobo whose grudge against humans leads to conflict with Caesar, Andy Serkis's character from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Kebbell played the Marvel antagonist, Doctor Doom, in the 2015 Fantastic Four film, an orc, Durotan, in the 2016 Warcraft, he played Chapman in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island, while providing guidance for Kong's motion capture sequences. In 2009, Kebbell was linked to British entrepreneur Ruzwana Bashir after they met at a Christmas party given by journalist Andrew Neil. Kebbell has stated that he is not in a hurry to marry and wishes to be established and own a home before settling down, he has since been reported to be single. Toby Kebbell on IMDb
Gumshoe is a British 1971 film, the directorial debut of director Stephen Frears. Written by local author Neville Smith, who appears as Arthur, the film is set in Liverpool with Albert Finney playing the role of Eddie Ginley. Ginley is a bingo-caller and occasional club comedian who dreams of being a private eye of the kind he knows from films and pulp novels. Having put an advertisement in a local newspaper as a birthday present to himself, Ginley is contacted for what appears to be an actual piece of detective work; the film has many comic moments as it switches between affectionate spoof. It has some shots of Liverpool buildings that have long since been demolished, including the employment exchange on Leece Street. Several scenes in the London part of the narrative take place in and around the occult Atlantis Bookshop. Gumshoe was the first of two films with original music scores by Andrew Lloyd Webber; some of the music was re-used in Lloyd Webber's musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Roy Young recorded the song "You're Good For Me," written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Despite its lightweight tone, Frears's film is not without its contentious moments. TV broadcasts are nowadays rare because of Ginley's use of racist language and insults. Another scene was shortened before release because of its detailed depiction of a heroin-user preparing and taking his'fix'. After years of unavailability, Gumshoe was released on DVD in 2009. Albert Finney as Eddie Ginley Billie Whitelaw as Ellen Frank Finlay as William Janice Rule as Mrs Blankerscoon Carolyn Seymour as Alison Fulton Mackay as Straker George Innes as Bookshop Proprietor George Silver as De Fries Billy Dean as Tommy Wendy Richard as Anne Scott Maureen Lipman as Naomi Neville Smith as Arthur Oscar James as Azinge Joey Kenyon as Joey Bert King as Mal Chris Cunningham as Clifford Ken Jones as Labour Exchange Clerk Tom Kempinski as Psychiatrist Harry Hutchinson as Kleptomaniac Gumshoe on IMDb
Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 American period romantic drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Christopher Hampton based on his play Les liaisons dangereuses, the adaptation of the 18th-century French novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. It stars Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Mildred Natwick, Peter Capaldi, Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman. Dangerous Liaisons was released theatrically on December 1988 by Warner Bros.. It received positive reviews from critics with major praise drawn towards Close and Pfeiffer's performances, production values and costumes. Although it was a moderate commercial success grossing $34.7 million against its $14 million budget, it was cited as a box office disappointment. The film received seven nominations at the 61st Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and won three. In pre-Revolution Paris, the Marquise de Merteuil plots revenge against her ex-lover, the Comte de Bastide, who has ended their relationship.
To soothe her wounded pride and embarrass Bastide, she seeks to arrange the seduction and disgrace of his young virgin fiancée, Cécile de Volanges. She has only been presented to society after spending her formative years in the shelter of a convent. Merteuil calls on the unprincipled Vicomte de Valmont to do the deed. Valmont declines, as he is plotting a seduction of his own: Madame de Tourvel, the chaste, devoutly religious wife of a member of Parliament away in Corsica a houseguest of Valmont's aunt, Madame de Rosemonde. Merteuil incredulous. So she ups the ante, offering him her own sexual favors as a reward: If Valmont succeeds in sleeping with Tourvel, Merteuil must sleep with him as well. Never one to refuse a challenge, Valmont accepts. Merteuil specifies that she requires written proof of the liaison, to which Valmont agrees. Tourvel rebuffs all of Valmont's advances. Searching for leverage, he instructs his page Azolan to seduce Tourvel's maid Julie to gain access to Tourvel's private correspondence.
One of the letters he intercepts is from Madame de Volanges, Cécile's mother and Merteuil's cousin, warning Tourvel that Valmont is a nefarious and untrustworthy individual. On reading this, Valmont resolves to seduce Cécile after all, as revenge for her mother's accurate denunciation of him. Meanwhile, in Paris, Cécile meets the charming Chevalier Raphael Danceny, who becomes her music teacher. With coaxing from Merteuil, they fall in love. After gaining access to Cécile's bedchamber on a false pretense, Valmont rapes her as she pleads with him to leave. On the pretext of illness, Cécile remains locked in her chambers. A concerned Madame de Volanges calls upon Merteuil to speak to Cécile. Cécile, naively assuming, confides in her. Merteuil advises Cécile to welcome Valmont's advances; the result is a "student-teacher" relationship. In the meantime, Merteuil begins an affair with Danceny. Meanwhile, Valmont somehow manages to win Tourvel's heart—but at a cost: the lifelong bachelor playboy falls in love.
In a fit of jealousy, Merteuil mocks Valmont and threatens to trash his reputation as a carefree gigolo. She refuses to honor her end of their agreement, since Valmont has no written proof that the relationship has been consummated. Valmont abruptly dismisses Tourvel with a terse excuse: "It is beyond my control." Cécile, after a night in Valmont's bed, miscarries his child. Tourvel, overwhelmed with grief and shame, retreats to a monastery where her health deteriorates rapidly. Valmont warns Danceny of Merteuil's ulterior motives in seducing him. Danceny challenges Valmont to a duel, mortally wounds him. With his dying breath, Valmont asks Danceny to communicate to Tourvel—by now near death—his genuine love for her, he gives Danceny his collection of intimate letters from Merteuil. Humiliated at the opéra by her former friends and sycophants, Merteuil flees the city in disgrace. Cécile, guilt-ridden, returns to the convent to become a nun. Dangerous Liaisons was the first English-language film adaptation of Laclos's novel.
The screenplay was based on Christopher Hampton's Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated theatrical adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Howard Davies and featuring Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson. The film was shot on location in the Île-de-France region of northern France, featured historical buildings such as the Palais Garnier in Paris, the Château de Vincennes in Val-de-Marne, the Château de Champs-sur-Marne, the Château de Guermantes in Seine-et-Marne, the Château du Saussay in Essonne, the Théâtre Montansier in Versailles. Liaisons was the final film appearance of Academy Award and Tony Award-nominated actress Mildred Natwick. Drew Barrymore auditioned for the role of Cécile, Sarah Jessica Parker turned it down before it was offered to Thurman. Annette Bening went through several auditions for the role of the courtesan Émilie, but in the end the role went to Laura Benson. Bening was auditioning for Milos Forman's adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the same time, Valmont, in which she would play the role of the Marquise de Merteuil.
During production Malkovich had a