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Sliding Doors (1998)

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A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.



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In London, the public relation Helen is fired from her position in a PR company. While returning home, she does not catch the train in the subway. But in another possibility of her life, she catches the train in the subway. The story shows two parallel lives of Helen: in one life, she stays with her boyfriend Gerry, and in the other life, she finds that Gerry cheats her with Lydia and falls in love with James Hammerton. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos vidas en un instante  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$834,817 (USA) (24 April 1998)


$11,883,495 (USA) (28 August 1998)

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When Sydney Pollack called from Hollywood to offer financing, director Peter Howitt was on a drinking spree in a London pub, and had to be sobered up before he could speak to Pollack. See more »


When the blonde Helen is in hospital, the lead surgeon is not wearing a mask over his face whilst he is operating on her. See more »


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A lovely movie
26 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have probably watched this movie about 10 times since its release and still enjoy its twists and turns. John Hannah is simply adorable as James and his Glaswegian sense of humour still makes me laugh out loud even though I know the jokes in advance. Every performance is great but Gwynyth Paltrow deserves a special mention for her faultless role as two different versions of the same woman at once. Without giving anything away, I did not see the ending coming at all the first time through but it was entirely satisfying without being cloyingly Hollywood. Don't expect a cultural masterpiece. Just 'the Spanish inquisition' and some fine entertainment. Highly recommended

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