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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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Paul Brightwell ...
Clive
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Claudia
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James's Mother
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Paul
Terry English ...
Kind Cabbie
Paul Stacey ...
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Cheeky Bloke
Joanna Roth ...
Suspicious Girl
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Defensive Bloke
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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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Dos vidas en un instante  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$834,817 (USA) (26 April 1998)

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$11,883,495 (USA) (30 August 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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After having her cut treated at the hospital, Helen returns to the flat. She finds Gerry is not yet dressed and asks if he has only just gotten up, adding that it is 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Earlier she went to work and was immediately fired, attacked whilst hailing a taxi and taken to hospital, after which she went home. Even allowing some time for travel, it is still unlikely that she was at the hospital for 6 hours. 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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Spoofed in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.3 (1999) See more »

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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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Undoubtedly one of my favourite films
2 February 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Gwyneth Paltrow plays Helen Quilley, she works in Public Relations and is dating an idiot who is cheating on her (come on guys, would you?) After losing her job she heads home early, and the film then follows two Parallel realities, that cross over and intertwine in a very clever manner, that adds a great deal to the movies quality.

One way, she gets home and finds him cheating, and the other way she is mugged and her boyfriend gets away with it, at least for now.

In this wonderfully charming romantic comedy, great performances from, Paltrow, Lynch, Hannah and Tripplehorn plus a good script and some good laughs all add up to a movie i simply don't tire of. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, i just love it.

9/10 and a must for Paltrow Fans


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