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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 MAGNIFICENT, UNDERRATED FILM THAT'S LIKE NOTHING I'VE EVER SEEN!!! 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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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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Trivia:
The role of Ann was originally written for Elizabeth McGovern, and was later offered to Brooke Shields, who turned it down. In 1989, at the Sundance Festival premiere, Steven Soderbergh told the audience that he'd originally thought Andie MacDowell was too weak an actress to even audition, because of her work in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Graham is interviewing Ann, Ann sets the camera down on the arm of the chair pointing at the window away from the couch. When Graham gets up to turn it off, it is pointing at the couch.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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95 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
A MAGNIFICENT, UNDERRATED FILM THAT'S LIKE NOTHING I'VE EVER SEEN!!!, 17 July 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

"sex, lies and videotape" is a low-key drama that REALLY showcases Stephen Soderbergh's true talents. The film was made on a modest budget and is mainly dialogue-driven, yet I was deeply fascinated from start to finish. This is another film that sends out a message to all aspiring directors: You don't need a large budget to make a truly great motion picture! Soderbergh hasn't received worldwide fame until recently with the hit "Traffic." As much as I loved "Traffic" I urge everyone--who's curious of Soderbergh's work--go check out this initial effort.

The element that impressed me the most was the succint, yet brutally realistic dialogue. I've never been more impressed with a film's dialogue and actually screamed out, "Now THAT'S how people talk!" The interactions between each character are so intense and down to earth, and gets the audience deeply engaged. James Spader shines in this career-making performance as a documentary filmmaker who gets his rocks off filming women talking about sex. We never know why he developed this unusual interest, but that's what's so great. And the way Spader carries his character is so subtle and powerful. His character is quiet and mysterious, and he expresses this enigmatic role perfectly with every silence, every facial gesture, every tone of voice. That's another element that I loved. Soderbergh expresses to his audience that people don't always mean what they say. And you can tell by every hint of body language. During these character interplays, you get a feel for what the characters are really thinking with their every subtle nuance. And that's what creates most of the film's tension.

And of course, the film has great depth and treats its subject with the greatest of maturity. In one scene, Spader interviews this young woman who talks about her first experience with masturbation. That could've easily been transformed into something gratuitous and heavy-handed. The subjects of sex and infidelity are treated with a sense of reality, and I'm sure many couples who are involved in relationships where one of the mates are cheating will find the whole situation with Andie McDowell and Peter Gallagher haunting. Everything is low-key and some might find the rhythm slow-moving, but that's what I liked about it. It slowly unfolds and takes its time developing the characters and their situations. Many filmmakers would've taken the subject of infidelity and made it into a melodramatic soap. But Soderbergh is very patient. He never once thinks, "Maybe the audience is not interested anymore," and speeds things up. He goes at his own pace, and works with it consistently.

I don't know if others will get the same effect I did out of this movie, but appreciate a film that respects its characters and respects its dialogue. Sure, I also appreciate a film with massive entertainment value, but other times I'd rather watch something with depth and realism. This is one of those films that just has a subtle energy. Looking at "sex, lies and videotape" from the outside, it's hard to explain the power of Soderbergh's masterpiece. All I say is go see for yourself! I hope you'll be just as astounded.

My score: 10 (out of 10)

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