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
Interesting Character Scale
(Jill Robinson=0 Buffy Summers=10}:
    nine

Gellar's oversized black sunglasses in the film were by Ksubi.

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.".

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.

CAST

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