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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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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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Helen is about to find that romance was never this much fun. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Rowers from the Cygnet Rowing Club portrayed James' crewmates. Alan Cox, one of said rowers, recounted Cygnet's final day of filming online prior to the film's release.

"And so to the post-race celebration, which was held in the bar of the Blue Anchor at Hammersmith. Here, the hero mounts a table and leads the bibulous multitude in dancing "Father Abraham." It was at this stage that the director made his first big miscalculation. He must have known the old adage about never working with children or animals, but clearly did not understand how oarsmen can share the worst characteristics of both. Having rehearsed the crews in the dance, he departed saying "have a drink to get warmed up" and deposited £30 with the landlord. It took little guile to persuade the bemused bar staff that an open-ended tab was running and, about five rounds later, when the crews were asked to behave as a drunken rabble, no acting skill was required. A precious moment occurred later as an assistant director enquiring after change from the bar bung learned that the bill had run to over £90. To their credit, the management learnt fast; during further work on the bar scene on the third day, only alcohol-free beer was offered". See more »

Goofs

When Helen is meeting James on the tube after catching the train, her hair alternately tucked behind her ear/down along her face. 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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Alternate Versions

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

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Featured in Film 2017: A Christmas Treat (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn Back Time
Written by Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, Johnny Pederson and Karsten Delgado
Performed by Aqua
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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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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