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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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Zara Turner ...
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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$834,817, 26 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,883,495, 30 August 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Hannah stopped worrying about catching trains after this film. "I don't run for trains any more. If I'm meant to get the train, I'll get it," he claimed. "If I don't, there'll be another one along in a few minutes." See more »

Goofs

Early on, when Helen catches Gerry and Lydia having sex she confronts Lydia. A camera is briefly visible in the mirror behind Lydia. See more »

Quotes

Gerry: There's loads of them... having some sort of sponsored epileptic fit!
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Soundtracks

On My Own
Written by Pascal Gabriel, Paul Statham and Lisa Lamb
Performed by Peach (as Peach Union)
Courtesy of Mute/Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Interesting...
8 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

After being fired, Helen (Gwynneth Paltrow) runs to catch a train that, unknown to her, her future hinges on. If she catches it, she'll get home in time to catch her boyfriend Gerry with another woman. If she doesn't, she'll go on not knowing about his infidelity.

This has to be one of the most intriuging plots I've ever seen. Most films would take just one or other of these plots and churn out a typical rom-com, but Sliding Doors turns them into one excellent film. The acting is great (even if Paltrow's accent is at times a little too British and forced) and the plot twists every few seconds. It could have become very confusing, but the direction is good enough that you can easily follow the two stories at once.

There are two things that stop this film being a 10. The first is that the two Helens sometimes seem a little too different from each other to be the same person. Even if they have gone through to different experiences, they don't act the same at all. The second is that the message of the film seems that we don't control our own future-after all, it isnt Helen who decides if she makes it to the train, it all depends on if a little girl is pulled out of the way by her mother in time.

Still, this is a very entertaining film, and definately worth watching. 8/10.


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