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At Theaters: 4/24/1998 On Video: 11/24/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049812
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Helen's (Gwyneth Paltrow) destiny is about to be determined by the sliding doors of a London subway train. If she makes it aboard, her life takes on a new direction. If she is left standing on the platform, she has a whole different future to face.

In parallel stories, the movie follows Helen's life down both paths: in a tale that is by turns mysterious, romantic, dangerous, comedic - and utterly unpredictable.

We all have but one life to live. Helen gets two....at the same time.

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Romantic Drama - Sliding Doors is a romantic comedy which should be appealing to most fans of the genre. The characters are likeable, the humor is generally intelligent, and the romance is more convincing than most. Some viewers may not like the two overlapping plot lines which can be confusing or distracting. Most will find it enjoyable and surprisingly unpredictable.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gwyneth Paltrow (Great Expectations)
John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral)
John Lynch (Some Mother's Son)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct)
Wri/Dir: Peter Howitt (Directorial and Screenwriting Debut)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Moderately strong and moderately frequent; includes British profanities
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity; two scenes of explicit sexual activity
VIOLENCE: One scene of a mugging; injuries from accidents
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Several scenes set in bars involving beer or alcohol consumption
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Relationship and character-based humor
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A fanciful romantic comedy about the two courses of a woman's life divided by one fateful moment, Sliding Doors works on enough different levels that I wonder whether it succeeds because of its gimmick or in spite of it. As a straightforward relationship comedy, it's generally delightful, crafted by writer/director Peter Howitt with unusually sharp comic dialogue and appealing characters. Of course, Howitt is also playing an extended game of "what if", one which sometimes intrudes on the perfectly enjoyable conventional narrative. In some alternate reality, Peter Howitt may have made Sliding Doors a romantic comedy without a gimmick -- and like the protagonists's life, it's hard to know for sure which version would have been more engaging and appealing.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 53 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
6
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
Low
40%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
Fairly High
100%%
30+Adults (M)
10
High
90%%
30+Adults (F)
24
High
92%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Does love have a margin for error? Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), a hip English PR executive living in London, is about to find out. Helen appears to have her life in reasonable order. She has an exciting job and the companionship of Gerry (John Lynch), the struggling novelist boyfriend with whom she lives. But when Helen is unpredictably fired by her boss and returns home earlier than usual, her life takes a strange turn. More accurately, it takes two strange turns.

On her way to tell Gerry of her tragic day, Helen misses the London Tube, watching as the sliding glass doors close off one potential outcome to her story. Trouble compounds trouble as she is mugged, taken to the hospital and finally finds her way home, discovering Gerry in the shower, just beginning his afternoon.

But what if Helen had made that train? If so, she would have sat next to a charming stranger, James (John Hannah,) who would stay on her mind. If so, Helen would also make it home just in time to find the philandering Gerry still in bed with his ex­girlfriend Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn).

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