Sliding Doors (1998)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Gwyneth Paltrow Helen Quilley
John Hannah James Hammerton
John Lynch Gerry
Jeanne Tripplehorn Lydia
Zara Turner Anna
Douglas McFerran Russell
Paul Brightwell Clive
Nina Young Claudia
Virginia McKenna James's Mother
Kevin McNally Paul
Terry English Kind Cabbie
Paul Stacey Man on Tube
Peter Howitt Cheeky Bloke
Joanna Roth Suspicious Girl
Neil Stuke Defensive Bloke
Theresa Kartell Rachael
Evelyn Duah Receptionist
Linda Broughton Theatre Nurse
Charlotte Fryer Doctor
Pip Miller Consultant
Christopher Villiers Steve
Merryn Jones Mother
Ella Jones Child
Julie McDowell Concerned Diner
Carlton Jarvis Anaesthetist (uncredited)
Barry Lee-Thomas Local MP (uncredited)
Alex Thorne Waiter (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Director Peter Howitt (II); Peter Howitt
Producer Philippa Braithwaite; William Horberg; Sydney Pollack; Peter Howitt
Writer Peter Howitt
Studio Paramount Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 99 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Nice concept, shaky execution--that about sums up the mixed blessings of British actor Peter Howitt's intelligent but forgivably flawed debut as a writer-director. It's got more emotional depth than most frothy romantic comedies, and its central idea--the parallel tracking of two possible destinies for a young London professional played by Gwyneth Paltrow--is full of involving possibilities. It's essentially a what-if scenario with Helen (Paltrow) at the center of two slightly but significantly different romantic trajectories, one involving her two-timing boyfriend (John Lynch) and the other with an amiable chap (John Hannah) who represents a happier outcome. That's the film's basic problem, however: The two scenarios are so romantically imbalanced (one guy's a total cad, the other charmingly sincere) that Helen inadvertently comes off looking foolish and needlessly confused. Still, this remains a pleasant experiment, and Howitt's dialogue is witty enough to keep things entertaining. It's also a treat for Paltrow fans; not only does the svelte actress handle a British accent without embarrassing herself, but she gets to play two subtle variations of the same character, sporting different wardrobes and hairstyles in a role that plays into her glamorous off-screen persona. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 133
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 097363357674
Chapters 19
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database