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Sex, Lies, and Videotape -- A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Steven Soderbergh (written by)
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Release Date:
22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 19 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a terrific, slowly unfolding debut with sublime performances See more (89 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Steven Soderbergh (written by)

Produced by
John Hardy .... producer
Morgan Mason .... executive producer
Robert F. Newmyer .... producer (as Robert Newmyer)
Nancy Tenenbaum .... executive producer
Nick Wechsler .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Cliff Martinez 
 
Cinematography by
Walt Lloyd 
 
Film Editing by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
 
Art Direction by
Joanne Schmidt 
 
Set Decoration by
Victoria Spader 
 
Makeup Department
Sabrina Lopez .... hair stylist
James Ryder .... makeup artist
Amanda Schuler .... hair stylist
Kim Pease .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Hardy .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Dempsey .... first assistant director (as Michael Dempsey)
Alexandra Root .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bonnie Amos .... artwork
Amy Archinal .... artwork
Bill Cancienne .... swing crew chief
Aaron Glascock .... property master
 
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (as Vanessa Ament)
Larry Blake .... sound editor
Larry Blake .... sound re-recordist
Scott Chandler .... foley recordist
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Paul Ledford .... production sound mixer
David E. Stone .... foley editor (as Dave Stone)
Stephen Tyler .... boom operator
Ben Williams .... sound assistant
Ron Bartlett .... sound editor (uncredited)
Matthew C. Beville .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Oscar Mitt .... sound (uncredited)
Dave Moreno .... weddington recordist (uncredited)
Steven Soderbergh .... sound editor (uncredited)
Steven Soderbergh .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Beard .... gaffer
Tony Brignac .... second assistant camera
Buddy Carr .... electrician
Gilly Charbonnet .... grip
Michael Charbonnet .... first assistant camera
Jonathan Coney .... grip
Diana Gary .... still photographer
David Jensen .... best boy
Bennie Robertson .... generator operator
J.D. Streett .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Philip Jostrom .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Moore .... wardrober
James Ryder .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Scott Hill .... negative cutter
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Steve New .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Larry Blake .... music recordist
Mark A. Mangini .... musician: acoustic guitar (as Mark Mangini)
Sharal Churchill .... soundtrack consultant (uncredited)
Ezra Dweck .... original music recordist (uncredited)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... original music recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Susan Bonfils .... driver
Ross Neill .... driver
 
Other crew
Howard Behar .... legal services
Melissa Benedetto .... production assistant
Jim Brannon .... caterer
Billy Collins Jr. .... production accountant
Davis Guggenheim .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
John Kao .... production executive
Louis Koerner .... production assistant
Elizabeth Lambert .... script supervisor
Nancy Mcintosh .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Harris M. Miller II .... legal services (as Harris Miller)
Robert Mintz .... completion bond
Rusty Smith .... caterer
Harold Welb .... production consultant
 
Thanks
Anne Dollard .... dedicatee (as Ann Dollard)
John Dunn .... special thanks
Mark A. Mangini .... special thanks (as Mark Mangini)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sex, Lies..." - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Brazil:14 | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Norway:10 (1989) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
David Duchovny and David Hyde Pierce both auditioned for the parts of Graham and John.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Graham watches the first video, the sound of a film projector can be heard in the background. Video doesn't make that sound.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ann:Garbage. All I've been thinking about all week is garbage. I mean, I just can't stop thinking about it.
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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
a terrific, slowly unfolding debut with sublime performances, 4 July 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Steven Soderbergh, as observed by other reviewers and critics, did take inspiration from the kinds of films Eric Rohmer's been making for decades. These kinds of films, as Sex, Lies, and Videotape is at its core, about people in morality crises, and how they get out of them or linger with how they act is the point. Some people may not like the film, therefore, as nothing incredibly outrageous or spectacular will occur. For all the attention Soderbergh received (Golden Palm, Independent Spirits, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, immediate recognition), he's made a small film, and it's not as ambitious as some of his later, greater works like Out of Sight and Traffic. But as a revealing, intimate character study, with an often clever and controlled mis-en-scene, Soderbergh shows his skills were already honed at twenty-six.

Without good acting the film would be like a hopeless rendition of a foreign film, but with the four lead performances from McDowell, Gallagher, Gia Como, and Spader (his is most under-stated of the bunch for me) these are as fully realized characters as Soderbergh could get. They all must've taken something about the characters in the script, because for all the flaws and misconceptions and fears these characters carry, they are human. Even Gallagher's John, who's the conniving husband and lawyer, is recognizably as he is even when he's comparatively lesser than Graham and Ann. Only one side character, the barfly played by Steven Brill, gets the film to immediately halt with uncomfortable humor. But the rest of the film, loaded with innuendo (there's not one shot of nudity, similar to a Rohmer film like Chloe in the Afternoon, where the cover art of the film is rather misleading to those looking for a film with breasts and other parts) and involving drama, doesn't shake its foundations until maybe the last five to ten minutes. And when it does, it does not make the film a lost cause, at least for me. Begs to be seen again, though with maybe a year or so between viewings. A-

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