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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.

Director:

Peter Howitt

Writer:

Peter Howitt
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6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the beginning of the film, James mentions that Helen is a gemini: the zodiac sign of twins; a parallel of the movie 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

Lydia: Who's there?
Helen: It's Helen, actually. We met once, I interrupted you faking your orgasm. Sorry I can't be more specific.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in iZombie: Brainless in Seattle, Part 1 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Enough
Written by Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest (as Matthew Priest) and Andy Miller (as Andrew Miller)
Performed by Dodgy
Courtesy of A&M Records Limited, London by arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Music
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Movie fades after promising start
28 April 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets fired from her PR job for taking home all the booze. As she tries to go home, she misses the subway train... then in another storyline, she catches the subway train. The difference leads to two different stories. In one, she goes to the hospital after a purse snatching. She doesn't catch her boyfriend cheating, and her miserable life continues. In the other, she meets talkative James (John Hannah) on the train and finds her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) cheating with Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn).

Written and directed by Peter Howitt, this movie is one gimmick but I'm not sure there is much more than that. His style is competent if somewhat uninspired. Gwyneth is talking with a British accent. John Lynch has no screen presence and his character has the personality of a slug. The stories lack any excitement. John Hannah is quite charming, but the happy storyline doesn't really have enough drama. In the end, I don't care about either road traveled. It's a missed opportunity to write something amazing. It needs somebody with that sensibility like a Charlie Kaufman.


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