sex, lies and videotape
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sex, lies and videotape

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher

     
 

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Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John (Peter Gallagher) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost… See more details below

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Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John (Peter Gallagher) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost no interest in sex; she tells her therapist that she's more concerned about waste disposal. John, however, is still quite interested in sex and is having an affair with Ann's sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), whose personality is fire to Ann's ice; sex is the one area in which she's been able to best her more successful sister, and she relishes her ability to seduce Ann's husband. Into this dysfunctional picture comes Graham (James Spader), a college friend of John's whom he hasn't seen in nine years. Graham has decided that talking about sex is more interesting than actually having sex, so he meets women and asks them discuss their desires and fantasies as he tapes them with a camcorder. A sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, the film made that festival a synonym for a new brand of low-budget indie dramas about contemporary life and relationships. Together with Quentin Tarantino's very different Pulp Fiction (1994), sex, lies, and videotape was one of the most influential movies for independent filmmaking of the 1990s.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
A brilliant chamber piece about intimacy, technology, and truth, Sex, Lies, and Videotape won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and launched the career of its first-time writer-director, Steven Soderbergh. Made for the relatively modest sum of $1.2 million, the film helped the burgeoning independent film scene and provided a major impetus for that movement in the '90s. The story concerns a lonely, enigmatic video maker (James Spader) who conducts one-on-one interviews with women about their sex lives. When he returns to his college town to make peace with his past and strikes up a friendship with a former classmate's wife (Andie MacDowell), both find their lives taking an unexpected turn. The film demonstrates that the camera, for all its distancing tendencies, can paradoxically bring people closer together. This notion, which underlies both this film and others by Soderbergh, represents romantic humanism at its finest.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The feature debut by 26-year-old writer/director/editor Steven Soderbergh galvanized the independent film movement of the late '80s and '90s with its breakout success leading out of the Sundance Film Festival. Soderbergh's late twentysomethings are so alienated and sexually dysfunctional that voyeuristic, videotaping onanist Graham's professions of relative healthiness ring ironically true. In these warped lives, the mediating presence of the video camera becomes a means to self-awareness, yet human connection can happen only via a machine. Winner of the Audience Prize at Sundance, sex, lies and videotape commanded international attention by winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (as well as the Best Actor prize for James Spader's subtle performance as Graham), setting the stage for the award-winning prominence of American independent cinema at the Cannes festival in subsequent years. Picked up and aggressively marketed by Miramax, sex, lies and videotape grossed 26 million dollars, raising the bar for an "indie" hit, establishing Miramax as the most prominent purveyor and savvy marketer of independent film, and refocusing attention on non-Hollywood product as a vital creative and entertainment alternative to blockbusters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/1998
UPC:
0043396904897
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Commentary by Steven Soderbergh

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Spader Graham Dalton
Andie MacDowell Ann Millaney
Peter Gallagher John Millaney
Laura San Giacomo Cynthia Bishop
Ron Vawter Therapist
Steven Brill Barfly
Earl Taylor Landlord
Alexandra Root Girl on Tape
David Foil John's Colleague

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
John Hardy Co-producer
Paul Ledford Sound Mixer
Walt Lloyd Cinematographer
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Morgan Mason Executive Producer
Robert Newmyer Co-producer
James Ryder Costumes/Costume Designer
Joanne Schmidt Art Director
Victoria Spader Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Tenenbaum Executive Producer
Nick Wechsler Executive Producer

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