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Sideways (2004)

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Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Erganian (as Shaké Toukhmanian)
Mike Erganian (as Duke Moosekian)
Miles's Building Manager
Gary the Bartender
Stephanie's Mother
Frass Canyon Pourer


Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. With his career seemingly fading and the fate of a book hinging on a publisher's decision, Miles is depressed with himself and what he hasn't achieved. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do, as if he were a minor actor who got a taste of success. With his best friend Miles, the two embark on a road trip through California's wine country. Miles wants to give his friend a nice sendoff before married life, while Jack simply wants to have a fling beforehand. As they're both nearing middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their identities. Written by mystic80

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$207,042 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$71,502,303 (USA) (13 May 2005)

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The Erganian house is located directly opposite O.J. Simpson's famous N. Rockingham home at the time of the murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. See more »


As the duo make their quick getaway from Miles' mother's house, notice he's wearing white loafers. Later, as he's getting dressed for the dinner date in the hotel room, he informs Jack he's only brought his brown shoes along for the trip. See more »


[first lines]
Miles Raymond: Fuck.
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Referenced in Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) See more »


Written by Pat Thrall and Pat Travers
Performed by Pat Travers
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Morally Bankrupt? Call me!
20 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

My girlfriend is lucky enough to be on the Screen Actor Guild Awards nominating committee this year, so the promotional DVDs are flowing in, and SIDEWAYS is absolutely the best film we've seen so far. (Kinsey is a close second.) Paul Giamatti should get a nomination for this, and I want people on IMDb to start understanding that when you critique a film, it's not ALL about liking the character-- one IMDBer commenting on this film trashed Sideways because she thought the characters were morally bankrupt, and I challenge all of you to show me a good movie where the main characters aren't! That's how the necessary element of conflict is created in a story!

Can you really only enjoy films where the characters in them are people you'd have over for dinner? OPEN YOUR MINDS! Feature Films are not popularity contests, and as far as I'm concerned, neither are awards competitions. Giamatti steals cash from his mother's bedroom dresser drawer near the beginning of the film. Morally reprehensible? Absolutely! But my heart broke for him when he did it. You could see how much he hated himself in that moment!!! Giamatti's ability to have intensely personal thoughts flash through his eyes like flickering film through a projector, all the while maintaining such beautiful stillness, was for me breathtaking. Giamatti makes you completely suspend your disbelief...he makes you feel like you have ESP!!!

Thomas Hayden Church was hilarious as his ex-college roommate/infantile thirtysomething playboy buddy who can't let go of "his plight." He's a stitch. And I agree with everyone, Virgina Madsen makes you melt in this film. She is scrumptuous. Remember, IMDb moralists,...people who live in glass movie-houses, shouldn't throw popcorn! ~peace

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