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Sliding Doors (1998)

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.

Director:

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 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 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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Helen is about to find that 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:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$834,817, 26 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,883,495, 30 August 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 1998 interview, John Hannah claimed that playing James Hammerton "was the hardest thing I've ever done. Like in life, it's much easier to be depressed than to be happy. Being happy and smiling naturally on take 18 is really tough. Give me bawling my eyes out any time." See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, as James is leaving the building from which Helen emerges just behind him, he is wearing a long coat. When we see him next, in the tube station, his coat is missing. See more »

Quotes

Patron in Restaurant where Helen is a waitress: Hey, gorgeous. What do you do when you're not serving up mad cow burgers in here, eh?
Helen: Well, now, then, let me see. I get up at about 7:30AM making and delivering sandwiches in the West End during the day before I come here about 6 o'clock and finish at midnight. After that, if I've got any energy left, I give my boyfriend a blow job.
[pause]
Helen: Would you like some mayonnaise with that?
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Connections

References Life of Brian (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Use the Force
Written by Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Derrick McKenzie & Sola Akingbola
Performed by Jamiroquai
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Limited/S2/The Work Group by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A lovely movie
26 May 2008 | by JudithMHuntSee all my reviews

I have probably watched this movie about 10 times since its release and still enjoy its twists and turns. John Hannah is simply adorable as James and his Glaswegian sense of humour still makes me laugh out loud even though I know the jokes in advance. Every performance is great but Gwynyth Paltrow deserves a special mention for her faultless role as two different versions of the same woman at once. Without giving anything away, I did not see the ending coming at all the first time through but it was entirely satisfying without being cloyingly Hollywood. Don't expect a cultural masterpiece. Just 'the Spanish inquisition' and some fine entertainment. Highly recommended


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