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Sliding Doors (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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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Cast

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James
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Gerry
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Lydia
Zara Turner ...
Anna
Douglas McFerran ...
Russell
Paul Brightwell ...
Clive
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Claudia
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James's Mother
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Paul
Terry English ...
Kind Cabbie
Paul Stacey ...
Man on Tube
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Cheeky Bloke
Joanna Roth ...
Suspicious Girl
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Defensive Bloke
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Storyline

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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What if one split second sent your life in two completely different directions?. See more »


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1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Dos vidas en un instante  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$834,817 (USA) (26 April 1998)

Gross:

$11,883,495 (USA) (30 August 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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Sydney Pollack spent a lot of time in the editing room. "I got very involved in the editing because it was a picture that required precise editing to know where you were all the time and for the audience to be able to find the movement between the A and B stories," Pollack explained. "I felt that Peter needed some help, so I worked pretty hard on that part of it and was able to make a contribution to it just because it was complicated for a director the first time around." See more »

Goofs

After having her cut treated at the hospital, Helen returns to the flat. She finds Gerry is not yet dressed and asks if he has only just gotten up, adding that it is 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Earlier she went to work and was immediately fired, attacked whilst hailing a taxi and taken to hospital, after which she went home. Even allowing some time for travel, it is still unlikely that she was at the hospital for 6 hours. See more »

Quotes

Helen: You wanker. You sad, sad wanker.
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References Baywatch (1989) See more »

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Amateur
Written by Aimee Mann & Jon Brion
Performed by Aimee Mann
Courtesy of DGC Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Not Rocket Science
13 July 2004 | by (ElCajon, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely not rocket science, but it has a charm all it's own. It is thoughtful about what might happen in a different reality if we make different choices or "fate" aligns just right for whatever reason.

There were some very funny moments, especially when Hannah let loose with his version of Pythons "Meaning of Life". Gwenyth Paltrow brings her character across as mousy. I just wanted her to jet angry and throw her boyfriend out. You know, the stereotypical, clothing on the front steps, changing the locks etc. But it was good she had a pal to take her in.

I do like this movie and consider it a "keeper". I recommend it for some "light and fluffy" entertainment on a night after a long day.

And for the record: scene in boat by the bridge. I liked Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Mick Jagger. :)


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