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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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Peter Howitt

Writer:

Peter Howitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Helen
John Hannah ... James
John Lynch ... Gerry
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Lydia
Zara Turner ... Anna
Douglas McFerran Douglas McFerran ... Russell
Paul Brightwell Paul Brightwell ... Clive
Nina Young ... Claudia
Virginia McKenna ... James's Mother
Kevin McNally ... Paul
Terry English Terry English ... Kind Cabbie
Paul Stacey Paul Stacey ... Man on Tube
Peter Howitt ... Cheeky Bloke
Joanna Roth ... Suspicious Girl
Neil Stuke ... 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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There are two sides to every story. Helen is about to live both of them ...at the same time. Romance was never this much fun. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos vidas en un instante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$834,817, 26 April 1998

Gross USA:

$11,841,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,841,544
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rowers from London Rowing club, Cygnet, were chosen to be John Hannah's crew mates in the film. The casting director initially went to Imperial College, but when it was noted that they were "all over two meters with flat stomachs" it was decided that lesser rowers than the elite set of internationals would be cast. This is deliberate in order to make Hannah look like the tall athletic one in the boat. See more »

Goofs

At one point Helen chastises Anna for asking her "more questions than Jeopardy". Jeopardy! is an American quiz show that has only been briefly aired on British television. Even though it is well known in the UK, it isn't sufficiently part of popular culture that two British women would use this show as an analogy. See more »

Quotes

[to Helen who is drinking a milk shake]
James: Come on! If you don't drink your fatty drinks, you'll never really achieve quality cellulite.
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Crazy Credits

The film's copyright year in the credits is 1997. See more »

Alternate Versions

US version was cut for language by Miramax to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

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Miracle
Written by Tim Kellett & Robin Taylor-Firth
Performed by Olive
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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If I Had Just Waited
7 November 2001 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I am so enamored with this kind of film. How many people have asked the question after having an accident or chanced upon something, "If I had only left a minute later, none of this would have happened." Now we get into the who time continuum thing and parallel universes. I know this isn't a science fiction film, although a Twilight Zone episode may have fun with this plot. When we are dealing with the characters colliding through the fourth dimension, a whole different set of circumstances are put in motion. The reason we can never travel back in time (while forward is possible) is that time would then become mutable and what we are may no longer be and then we wouldn't travel back in time. Two roads diverge in a woods paraphrasing Robert Frost, but what if we could take each of those roads and see what happens. This movie is quite magical and does the best it can to get Gwyneth Paltrow through her parallel universes and see the things that one would see. I think the problem is that unless we get into quantum physics, it's hard for the average person to really reconcile these sorts of events. I thought the acting was very good and believe things as they unfurled. I would recommend this film if you like to think about the possibilities it envisions. Try it on yourself sometime and extrapolate your own existence from some fork in the road and imagine what may have been.


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