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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 »
Genre:
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:
Spader is amazing! See more (91 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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Jennifer Jason Leigh turned down the role of Cynthia Bishop in order to appear in Miami Blues (1990), though she later expressed regret that she missed out on the role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John bursts into Graham's apartment, he finds Cynthia's and Ann's tapes in the boxes on the table. Both tapes have the same date on them, even though it is clearly implied that several days have past since Cynthia made her tape.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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Soundtrack:
GarbageSee more »

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36 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Spader is amazing!, 8 November 2001
Author: Aphex97 from Nether Realm

Spader's character was the reason I enjoyed the film so much. I could identify with him and his dilemma. It seemed he felt like a stranger in an even stranger land. Who were these humans that seem so happy in the same world he could not find happiness within? What is this life we live? More importantly, what is the point? Why bother? His great battle with existence was a philosophical one. He, like myself, felt infinite sadness over the knowledge that are no concrete answers...

The movie is also interesting because it attacks the main sexual organ, the mind. Graham while trying to distance himself from the human experience by capturing sex confessionals on videotape, perhaps unwittingly became more intimate with his "partners." Roger Ebert points out that the films' argument is that conversation is better than sex.

Personally, I think the movie is about trying to find happiness with another person. Some Modest Mouse song lyrics come to mind. "And it's hard to be a human being/ And it's harder as anything else/ and I'm lonesome when you're around/ I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself" Graham finds it hard to be a human being and live in this human world full of values that he finds strange, confusing, and most importantly unfulfilling. What do you do when your ideology and needs don't mesh in the society you live within? How does one deal with feelings of loneliness in a society that spurns him? This movie is about one man's way.

James Spader does such an excellent job as this character. In fact, great acting all around by the entire cast and excellent writing and directing by Mr. Soderbergh. Go see this movie now!

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