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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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Clive
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James's Mother
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Terry English ...
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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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What if one split second sent your life in two completely different directions?. See more »


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Dos vidas en un instante  »

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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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John Hannah is partly responsible for the film getting made after the funding collapsed. He coincidentally happened to be in a meeting with Hollywood hotshot Sydney Pollack and casually mentioned this great screenplay he was hoping to make. Pollack was sufficiently interested to read the script and immediately sorted out the funding. See more »

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When Helen is meeting James on the tube after catching the train, her hair alternately tucked behind her ear/down along her face. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Are you okay?
Helen: Yes, just going quietly mad.
Anna: Thank goodness for that. I was worried.
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References Life of Brian (1979) See more »

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Turn Back Time
Written by Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, Johnny Pederson and Karsten Delgado
Performed by Aqua
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A Delightful Romance, With a Wonderful Screenplay
2 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

In London, the public relation Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) 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 (John Lynch), and in the other life, she finds that Gerry cheats her with Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and falls in love with James Hammerton (John Hannah).

"Sliding Doors" is a delightful romance, with a wonderful screenplay. There are excellent lines, and the chemistry between Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah is marvelous. John Lynch is a good actor, but is completely miscast in the role of a man disputed by two gorgeous women. I have just watched this movie for the third time, and I still love it. It is very interesting that in 1998, two movies presented similar concepts of different situations depending on a minor event: "Sliding Doors" and "Lola Rennt". This theme is fascinating, but there are many unfair reviews of this film in IMDb, which is one of my favorite movie. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "De Caso com o Acaso" ("Having an Affair With Fortune")

Note: On 07 January 2017, I saw this film again.


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