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Sliding Doors -- Young Helen is fired from her job at a PR company, and when the sliding doors of the tube car close on her, we start to see what would have happened if she'd made the train, and if she hadn't.


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Release Date:
1 May 1998 (USA) See more »
There are two sides to every story. Helen is about to live both of them the same time. Romance was never this much fun. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Helen

John Hannah ... James

John Lynch ... Gerry

Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Lydia
Zara Turner ... Anna
Douglas McFerran ... Russell
Paul Brightwell ... Clive

Nina Young ... Claudia

Virginia McKenna ... James's Mother

Kevin McNally ... Paul
Terry English ... Kind Cabbie
Paul Stacey ... Man on Tube

Peter Howitt ... Cheeky Bloke
Joanna Roth ... Suspicious Girl

Neil Stuke ... Defensive Bloke
Theresa Kartell ... Rachael
Evelyn Duah ... Receptionist
Linda Broughton ... Theatre Nurse
Charlotte Fryer ... Doctor
Pip Miller ... Consultant

Christopher Villiers ... Steve
Merryn Jones ... Mother
Ella Jones ... Child
Julie McDowell ... Concerned Diner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Burrows-Sutcliffe ... Bob (uncredited)

Carlton Jarvis ... Anaesthetist (uncredited)

Barry Lee-Thomas ... Local MP (uncredited)
Tim Packham ... James' Colleague exiting cafe (uncredited)
Alex Reid ... Waiter (uncredited)

Vivienne Soan ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Howitt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Howitt  writer

Produced by
Helen Booth .... line producer
Philippa Braithwaite .... producer
Guy East .... executive producer
William Horberg .... producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Sandy Poustie .... associate producer
Nigel Sinclair .... executive producer
David Wisnievitz .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Remi Adefarasin 
Film Editing by
John Smith 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
Art Direction by
Martyn John 
Costume Design by
Jill Taylor 
Makeup Department
Tina Earnshaw .... key makeup designer
Rebecca Lafford .... makeup artist
Lisa McDevitt .... makeup artist
Graham Pownall .... hair stylist
Zoe Tahir .... hair stylist
Simon Thompson .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Andy Richards .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sara Desmond .... second assistant director
Emma Griffiths .... third assistant director
Richard Whelan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Peter Bigg .... dressing props
Mick Boleyn .... construction manager (as Michael Boleyn)
Liliana Cifonelli .... art department assistant
Alan Clifford .... stagehand
Laura Dishington .... art department runner
Judy Ducker .... property buyer
Jim Dyson .... stand-by painter
Lee Hosken .... stand-by carpenter (as Lee Hoskens)
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Tatiana Macdonald .... stand-by art director (as Tatiana Lund)
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by props
Simon Robilliard .... stagehand
Ray Rose .... props storeman
Ted Stickley .... dressing props
Warren Stickley .... stand-by props
Kevin Woodhouse .... art department trainee (uncredited)
Sound Department
Craig Burns .... sound trainee
David B. Cohn .... sound editor (as David B. Cohen)
Tammy Fearing .... foley editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Laura Lovejoy .... adr editor
Laura Lovejoy .... dialogue editor
John Midgley .... sound mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Robert Morrisey .... assistant sound editor
June Prinz .... boom operator
Carolyn Sauer .... foley recordist
Christian Scallan .... sound engineer (as Chris Scallan)
Christian Scallan .... sound mixer (as Chris Scallan)
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Thomas W. Small .... supervising foley editor (as Thomas Small)
Beth Sterner .... sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Hollow .... special effects supervisor
Roy Alon .... stunt performer
Helen Caldwell .... stunt coordinator
Helen Caldwell .... stunt performer
Adrian O'Neil .... stunt performer
Seon Rogers .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Arnold .... key grip
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
James Bloom .... clapper loader
Julian Bucknall .... focus puller
Matthew Dowler .... electrician
Ian Franklin .... electrician (as Ian Franklyn)
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Camille Griffin .... second clapper loader
Barrie More .... best boy
Jay Jay Odedra .... second focus puller
Mark Richards .... stand-by rigger
William Richards .... stand-by rigger (as Bill Richards)
Mitch Spooner .... best boy
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Jimmy Wilson .... gaffer (as Jim Wilson)
Adam Dale .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Martyn Welland .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Julia Gale .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Green .... costume trainee
Jane Hamnett .... costume design assistant
Charlotte Sewell .... costumer
Editorial Department
Adam Barton .... second assistant film editor
Paul Knight .... first assistant editor
Joanna Nodwell .... first assistant film editor
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Location Management
Wink Mordaunt .... assistant location manager
Matt Steinmann .... location manager
Music Department
Anita Camarata .... music supervisor
Ricky Edwards .... orchestrator
John Finklea .... music editor
Sienna Finklea .... assistant music editor
Kaylin Frank .... music coordinator
David Hirschfelder .... orchestrator
Sam Schwartz .... music notator
Cathy Duncan .... music executive jersey films (uncredited)
Con Frantzeskos .... music administrator (uncredited)
Paul Gillon .... music consultant (uncredited)
Tony Lewis .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Barry .... unit driver
Ray Chambers .... driver: minibus
Terry English .... unit driver
Gerry Floyd .... unit driver
Jim Magill .... driver: Ms. Paltrow
Jay Nicol .... driver: minibus
Bill Nixon .... stand-by transport
Other crew
Jordan Archer .... unit nurse
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Penelope Beharrell .... assistant production accountant
Barbara Berkery .... dialogue coach
Stuart Carter Lambert .... assistant: Philippa Braithwaite
Stephanie Comer .... assistant: William Horberg
Ros Davidson .... production coordinator
Paul Davis .... Intermedia Films
Tony Denham .... security officer
Ceri Evans .... script supervisor (as Ceri Evans Cooper)
Laura Evans .... assistant production coordinator
Will Evans .... representative: Intermedia Films
Max Glickman .... production runner
Kathy Goodman .... Intermedia Films
Ruth Halliday .... legal clearances
Tim Haslam .... Intermedia Films
Douglas McFerran .... script consultant
Chas Newens .... river coordinator
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist
Alex Oakley .... floor runner
Donna Ostroff .... assistant: Sydney Pollack
Claire Parish .... production secretary
Sophie Shand .... assistant: Gwyneth Paltrow (as Sophie Loudoun Shand)
Suzie Shearer .... production secretary
Carlton Jarvis .... medical advisor (uncredited)
Kenneth Pratt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIA | Hungary:14 | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Mexico:B | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating)

Did You Know?

Peter Howitt got the idea for the film after almost getting hit by a car. He was late in meeting a friend, and innocently walking along London's Charing Cross Road. "I couldn't decide if I should run for the train or first call my mate at a public phone," Howitt recalled. "I impulsively dashed across the street, and was nearly hit by a car, and that brush with death got me thinking. Something inside my head thought, 'That's interesting. What if he had hit me then?' What are the knock-on effects, the domino effects."

Seven years separated that fateful near-death experience and the finished product. In between, there were 20 script rewrites, thousands of pounds of debt, and one nervous breakdown. "All I could do was stay in my flat in Fulham and cry and write the script for Sliding Doors," Howitt revealed. "The worst lasted about three months. Then I slowly began to get better. Now I'm really glad it happened." He also stopped getting his hair cut until he was done with the movie.See more »
Errors in geography: There are numerous inconsistencies between the geography of the movie's London and the geography of the real London, including the Underground network.See more »
Russell:Sorry, let me just... Lydia's becoming more and more demanding and you feel bad because Helen's working night and day to keep the money coming in. But you've asked Helen to come on a research trip to Dorset with you - knowing that she wouldn't be able to - to cover up the fact that you're really taking Lydia. And despite the fact that Lydia gave you an out on the phone - which you didn't take - you're having a moral dilemma.
Russell:Gerry, you are a morality-free zone.
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This movie will make you think a lot, 8 August 2009
Author: atinder from United Kingdom

This movie will make you think for years on end, Just that one little thing could change your life for good.

This movie is running to stories of Helen Quilley who has just been fired of her work place for drinking the night before has she rushes to the train station, while go down the stairs a little girl get in the way and she goes around girl and train door shut in face.

Then we see the movie rewind and she back on top the stairs this time mum pulls the girl way from wall so she can get past, just about got on to the train, in this scene we can she her on train also on outside train.

From here we see both side of stories, we see how life would have been if she did catch the train and we can also see what would have happened if she missed the Train.

The movie was well written and Gwyneth Paltrow is was outstanding in this movie.

8/10 ending was disappointed but it better then ending i was thinking of.

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