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Sliding Doors [DVD] [1997]


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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Zara Turner
  • Directors: Peter Howitt
  • Producers: Sydney Pollack, Philippa Braithwaite
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TTBA0I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Having been fired from her job at a PR company, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) runs to catch an underground train. Two storylines then unfold: in the first, Helen catches her train, meeting the charming James (John Hannah). Upon arriving home, Helen discovers her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) having an affair. She leaves Gerry and begins seeing James. Their relationship is placed in jeopardy, however, when Helen realizes that she is pregnant. In the second storyline, having missed her train Helen does not meet James and arrives home too late to catch Gerry. Gerry continues his affair with former girlfriend Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn), even when Helen becomes pregnant with his child.

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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 centre 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 unbalanced (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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
Sliding Doors is written and directed by Peter Howitt. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, and features John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Virginia McKenna. The music was composed by David Hirschfelder and Remi Adefarasin photographs it on location in Londion. The film follows Helen Quilley (Paltrow), who has just been fired from her public relations job. The plot then splits into two parallel universes based on if she either did or did not get onto the London tube train to get home.

Peter Howitt is more known to the British for his portrayal of Joey in the hugely popular sit-com, Bread. Here for his first full length directing assignment he tackles the romantic comedy genre and gives it an intelligent and witty kick up the backside. Howitt apparently had the idea for the film when he was almost run over by a car, the whole "what if?" situation worked around his mind and ended up being Sliding Doors. The premise is tricky but executed with skill, two dovetailing stories featuring the same people. To expand on each story would to my mind be unfair on any prospective newcomers to the film, it's just safe to say that infidelity features prominently and that as funny as it is at times, it's also an often sombre and cautionary piece as well.

The cast are a mixed bunch. Hannah and Paltrow are superb, he is funny, charming and utterly beguiling, yet a world away from the normal pretty boy types so favoured by film makers. She is, on both fronts, engaging, infuriating and commanding the utmost attention from the viewers. You will find yourself shouting at her sometimes, yet at others you may find your heart sinking such is the conflicted emotional depth that Paltrow gives Helen.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am 15 and male and all my friends are into actions movies. Stereotypically, I am not supposed to enjoy this sort of film, but I think it is really great. It is a nice romantic comedy with an interesting storyline and plenty of British style and wit, without the pathetic, corny, sentimental mush contained in many American films of the same genre. Definitely worth buying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AvrilP on 23 Mar 2011
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clever plot, excellent acting, interesting and believable characters - one to re-watch every few years... Leaves me thinking about my own what if's...thought provoking. Enjoy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
The theme of the film is well covered below, so I have no intention of revisiting that - however -
If you think it is going to be an easy watch, think on!
Sure, it can be an easy watch, but a lapse in concentration will lead to you losing the plot so to speak.
Just remember one Helen has a Band Aid on her head and long brown hair, then just long brown hair.
The other Helen has long brown hair (no Band Aid) and then short blonde hair.
Confused already?
Anyway just try and get into it at an early stage and you will not regret it.
This is a film which is funny, thought provoking to the extent that almost everyone will have had a 'what if' encounter like this, and the ending is very clever, and unexpected.
Sure, you will probably find bits to criticise, but it is the little things, like the Band Aid and hair clues, the music in the pub playing at exactly the same point through the two storylines, Russell the friend in the pub and the mix of sadness and humour which makes this a very very enjoyable watch.
By the way there are many sets of Sliding Doors throughout this film, not just the important ones at the start and end of the film.
If I ever buy an anorak, I might count them one day!!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirkland VINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2006
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Nice easy going well centered film & in many ways far superior to Notting Hill.

It hits all the right notes and both Gwyneth & John Hannah more than excel (especially Hannah)it was also well set up and extrememly well played.

The two different scenario's playing of each other & though the melodrame once or twice seems to take over. The film thanks to its strong cast & witty humour gets over it delivering instead a heart & story that far out weights most British films.

Class act with John Hannah really coming into his own here and a great ending! Yes its a romance but definetly with a difference and a great film to look at time and again. How I missed this the first time I never know, it deserved to be a hit and was and pretty much still is.

Great all round film with the two main leads playing constant tug of war for merit with them both winning and both John Hannah and Gwyneth have deserved every success since. For this film put them both well and trually on the map & for a British hit its unconvential and fresh in its approach, something which has thankfully stayed with it & made it worth the buy as well!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I hired this film out on video, I think it is a very clever and unusual film, I could watch it again and again. Unfortunately I no longer can as I have replaced my video for a DVD and Sliding Doors is not out in DVD. I hope it will be soon, I shall certainly buy it !!!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GM12 on 14 Jun 2005
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Shaky execution ? I don't think so. A really enjoyable experience is how I would put it, for men and women alike. Gwyneth's english accent is also as good as Renee Zellweger's, and this is definitely a DVD to have alongside Bridget, 4 Weddings and Notting Hill.
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