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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 & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Exquisitely crafted, honest, minimalist and an almost perfect product See more (93 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 | 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:
Steven Soderbergh's told composer Cliff Martinez to channel Brian Eno, the ambient-music pioneer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the sister enters the apartment, he is holding a blue dart. When he throws the dart it is red.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex, Lies & Superheroes (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
GarbageSee more »

14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Exquisitely crafted, honest, minimalist and an almost perfect product, 23 September 2008
Author: ghanti from United Kingdom

It is a film about relationships, dilemma, courage and more. What works in life and what does not. Honesty does and (crudely speaking) at a very basic level that is the message. At the very heart are the three protagonists who are stuck. The therapist is spectacularly wrong in his interpretation to the apparently frigid wife: 'If you think about it ...you are obsessed about things you have no control over'. But she demonstrates at the end that she did have the control. All she needed was a better, more 'intimate' therapist; a catalyst : Graham ; who ends up uncluttering the cheating sister in law's mind and forces the husband to confront his problems in the process. It is a remarkably optimistic film in its content and therefore perhaps slightly unrealistic.

It is a film about masterful use of contrasts; the two women and the two men could not have been more opposite in every possible respect. In a way Graham is also a perfect contrast to the imperfect Psychoanalyst. This helps the director bring out the message clearly.

The whole film is crafted in a minimalist way, flows smoothly and does not carry much 'garbage'! Music, camera and the narrative are almost perfect in that they are almost invisible. So are the actors, especially James Spader and to a large extent Andie MacDowell. Gallegher is probably less than perfect but very good nonetheless. Laura Giacomo portrays a rather difficult character really well. It treats the audience with respect as the message is subtle and very personal, as it should be. My only grievance is the last office scene involving Gallegher was probably unnecessary.

Sex and the videotapes are incidental to the storey and perhaps misnomers therefore.

It is like reading a rather well written short storey and I would recommend 'Days And Nights In The Forest' (perhaps slightly more realistic and understated than this film) by Satyajit Ray to those who have enjoyed this film.

My rating 8/10.

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