Sex, Lies, and Videotape Poster

Release Date: August 2nd, 1989

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 1998

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

Production Co: Outlaw Productions

Keywords: Wife, Love triangle, 1980s, Offbeat, Marriage, Office, Husband, Love, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • It has more intelligence than heart, and is more clever than enlightening. But it is never boring, and there are moments when it reminds us of how sexy the movies used to be, back in the days when speech was an erogenous zone. 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]

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Awards

Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture