CRUEL INTENTIONS with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kathryn Merteuil

Director:     Roger Kumble
Producer:     Neil H. Moritz
Screenplay:     Roger Kumble
(based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos)
Co-starring:     Ryan Phillips, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair
US Release Date:     5 March 1999
Length:     97 minutes
Genre:     Drama
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Gellar's oversized black sunglasses in the film were by Ksubi.

Gellar with the cast of the Cruel Intentions musical - 2015 Kathryn bets sex against a Jaguar that her step-brother, Sebastian, won't be able to have sex with Annette. Jim Jenkins (Mr. Caldwell) played a priest in BTVS (Lover's Walk). This is a remake of Dangerous Liaisons. The film played in 2,312 theaters in the US before being released on DVD. It grossed $38,328,567. Ronald Clifford (Sean Patrick Thomas) was not much of a music teacher. He tells Cecile (Selma Blair) to play a G major scale, and then adds: "Remember the third note. It's sharp.".

Cruel Intentions poster Costume Designer Denise Wingate spoke to Austen Tosone of Interview Magazine about creating the film's look: "My whole idea was to do a contemporary take of Dangerous Liaisons [1988]. For one of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s outfits, we built up this corset and then put it under a Dolce & Gabbana suit so that it referenced an 18th century silhouette but it still felt contemporary. You’ll notice that the drapes in the room are the same color as the sheer dress Kathryn wears. We wanted the palette to be cohesive. We built all of the sets on this little stage down in Culver City. It was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had making a movie because it really was just us in this little world we created. So much of the story is about the palette because through colors you can introduce characters without anyone even opening their mouths. To me that’s the most exciting thing. I don’t follow fashion—it’s all about the story and the character for me."

It should be noted that DANGEROUS LIAISONS, the 1988 film with Glen Close which won three Oscars grossed only $34,700,000 in the US, and slightly under 10 million Krona in Sweden. The worldwide gross for Cruel Intentions was $75,902,208.

Cruel Intentions had a TV series prequel which starred Amy Adams in the role of Kathryn. MANCHESTER PREP was a series that followed sexual shenanigans at an elite private school in New York. The pilot opened with Kathryn staring at her stepbrother while he's taking a shower and commenting on his endowment. Two episodes were filmed, titled "Pretty in Plaid" and "Disfunction Junction", but never aired, and were eventually used for a direct-to-DVD movie titled Cruel Intentions 2.

Selma Blair as Cyane (left) and with Sarah Michelle Gellar (right)

In Xena, Warrior Princess, Selma Blair (Cecile Caldwell) played Cyane, a girl from the 21st century who transported by a shaman to ancient times to rule the Tretomlec people, a tribe composed entirely of women. Cyane taught the Tretomlec to ride horses and renamed their tribe Amazons. Blair is also Camilla in the 2011 film DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE with Richard Dreyfuss.

Aimee Mann performs her song You Could Make A Killing. She also sang Pavlov's Bell in the BUFFY episode "Sleeper" (2002). Mann is a bass player and also is the sister-in-law of Sean Penn.


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"CRUEL INTENTIONS is sexy, sassy, well-written, devilishly funny and downright entertaining. Why is it good? For several reasons - it's not pretentious, politically correct, or moralistic; the characters are one-dimensional and have no desire to change, and the hero is somewhat of a prick."
---- Garth Franklin, DARK HORIZONS -

Gellar recorded the pre-show announcement for Off-Broadway’s Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience. In the announcement, which is delivered as her character Katheryn Merteuil might have delivered it, Gellar says:

"Welcome to Cruel Intentions: The Musical. The game's about to begin, which means it's time for you to put your cell phones on silent. It's not that difficult, morons. Take out tht second rate phone, and hit the silent button. And for all of you tourists out there who think it would be swell to take a photo or video of the show and bring it home to bum-fuck nowhere, well guess what, that's not permitted either. Please obey, or I will cyber-shame you into oblivion. Happy hunting, and enjoy the show."

The show, directed by Lindsey Rosin, opened on 17 November and ran through 19 February at le poisson rouge, 158 Bleeker St. in New York City.

Katie Stevens and Lindsay Pearce alternated the role of Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody, at Rockwell Table and Stage in 2015 in Los Angeles. Others in the cast included Constantine Rousouli (Sebastian), Shelley Regner (Cecile), Molly McCook (Annette), and Tyler Scheef (Blaine). Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Thomas, and author Roger Kumble attended a performance of the musical on 10 April. After the show, Gellar commented: "It's so crazy. It was such a flood of memories. I don't necessarily think of it as me. But then they started talking, and I could feel the words coming out of my mouth!"


Sarah Michelle Gellar - Kathryn Merteuil
Ryan Phillippe - Sebastian Valmont
Reese Witherspoon - Annette Hargrove
Selma Blair - Cecile Caldwell
Christine Baranski - Bunny Caldwell
Louise Fletcher - Helen Rosemond
Swoosie Kurtz - Dr. Greenbaum
Tara Reid - Marci Greenbaum
Joshua Jackson - Blaine Tuttle
Eric Mabius - Greg McConnell
Sean Patrick Thomas - Ronald Clifford
Hiep Thi Le - Mai-Lee
Drew Snyder - Headmaster Hargrove
Charlie O'Connell - Court Reynolds
Jim Jenkins - Mr. Caldwell
Deborah Offner - Mrs. Michalak
Herta Ware - Mrs. Sugarman
Ginger Williams - Clorissa
Fred Norris - Meter Maid
Alaina Reed-Hall - Nurse
Phil Hawn - Subway Pedestrian
Elizabeth M. Kelly - Party Goer

Gellar introduced a clip from the film on Leno the day before the American theatrical release.