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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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6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Helen is about to find that romance was never this much fun. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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) (24 April 1998)

Gross:

$11,883,495 (USA) (28 August 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's soundtrack is notable as the last from a Paramount film to be released by MCA Records, which, as successor to Paramount's former record division, continued to release soundtracks for some Paramount films starting in 1979. In 2003, when Geffen Records absorbed MCA and became another successor to the former record division of Paramount, it began to share the duty of issuing Paramount film soundtracks with sister labels Interscope and A&M. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Helen walks in on Gerry and Lydia, the straps of Lydia's dress change from being on her shoulder to hanging off her arms between shots. See more »

Quotes

Helen: So who are you on the rebound from?
James: A girl called Pamela. My whole life pivots around Pam and I breaking up.
Helen: When was that?
James: 1973, we were eight. I bloody loved that woman! No warning just up, gone, left me for someone else.
Helen: Who?
James: Gary Glitter! Gary Glitter for cryin' out loud! I mean all my friends were being left for Donny Osmond or David Cassidy, I could have come to terms with that given time, but Gary oooooh she wanted to touch him there yeeaah...
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Connections

Referenced in Naturally, Sadie: Sliding Closet Doors (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Coming Up for Air
Written by Patty Larkin
Performed by Patty Larkin
Courtesy of Windham Hill Group
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Where was I when this film first appeared
15 May 2006 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I don't remember reading a thing about this movie when it originally appeared, and that's odd because I enjoy Gwyneth Paltrow's work. I caught up with it on DVD, and I thought it was a superior movie with an extremely interesting premise and splendid performances by Paltrow's co-stars. Without giving too much away, the film deals with two separate scenarios that evolve from Paltow's (a) catching or (b) missing a subway train. The director manages skillfully to lay the two stories down alongside one another without confusing either one. Although the two Paltrows are distinguished by different hair styles, even that isn't really necessary. She (becomes) happy in one story, desperately unhappy in the other. She succeeds (eventually) in one story, fails in the other. She is the same character but entirely different. As she proved in "Shakespeare in Love," this girl can act. There aren't many films where chance causes alternate fates that are followed through to a rather surprising end. Worth seeing for that reason alone. Plus Gwyneth Paltrow, of course.


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