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R| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
Ann (Andie MacDowell) is trapped in a sexually and emotionally unfulfilled relationship with her husband, John (Peter Gallagher), a successful but unpleasant lawyer who is sleeping with her sister, Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo). The underlying tensions in the couple's marriage rise to the surface when Graham (James Spader), a friend of John's from college who's been drifting for nine years, returns to town and videotapes Cynthia and Ann as they talk about their sexual desires.

Cast: James Spader , Andie MacDowell , Peter Gallagher , Laura San Giacomo , Ron Vawter , Steven Brill , Alexandra Root , Earl T. Taylor

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Criterion Collection, Miramax Films

Sex, Lies And Videotape (1989)

Release Date: August 2nd, 1989|1 hr. 41 min.

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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic. show more

  • The kind of picture to whip out the clichés for: Surprisingly original. Delightful. Brilliant. Funny as all heck. When 1989 is through, sex, lies, and videotape may well be remembered as the best film of the year. [11 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1] show more

  • Twenty years ago, you could view early works of big-splash directors and often tell where they were coming from - or going. Yet Soderbergh and his debut project are mysteries. What can possibly come next? You won't be able to drag me out of line opening night. [4 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D] show more

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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #27: 'Sex, Lies and Videotape'

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Jacob Hall on January 22, 2011

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will fi...

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