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Sex, Lies and Videotape

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Original title
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Running time
104 min.
United States United States
Steven Soderbergh
Cliff Martinez
Walt Lloyd
Outlaw Productions (Distributor: Miramax)
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Independent Film (US). Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
Steven Soderbergh explodes onto the scene with this provocative, intelligent drama about infidelity and voyeurism. Ann Milaney (Andie MacDowell) lives in a comfortable Louisiana home with her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher). She spends her days fretting over the insurmountable problems of the world and her own unfocused sense of melancholy. Although she doesn't know it, she has a good reason to be upset: John is having a torrid affair with her younger, more extroverted sister, Cynthia (the sexy Laura San Giacomo). When Graham Dalton (James Spader), an old college pal of John's, comes to visit, all three are momentarily distracted from personal problems and intrigues as they scrutinize the odd outsider. Ann soon discovers that Graham has some strange habits and problems of his own. Plagued by impotency since the calamitous breakup of his last relationship, the young drifter finds sexual gratification by videotaping women willing to talk about their sexual past and fantasies in front of the camera. A chain of attraction and jealousy develops as the four interconnect in several varied pairings, culminating with Ann’s decision to become Graham’s latest subject. Soderbergh’s highly influential debut independent feature plays like a dangerous thriller that builds in tension until everyone’s secrets are bitterly exposed.
1989: Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay
1989: Golden Globes: 3 Nominations, including Best Screenplay
1989: Cannes Film Festival: Best Film (Golden Palm), Best Actor (Spader), FIPRESCI
1989: Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award
1989: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations, including Best Actress (MacDowell)
1989: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress & New Generation Award
1989: Independent Spirit Awards: 5 Awards including Best Film
1989: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film. 5 Nominations
1989: Chicago Film Critics: Best Supp. Actress (San Giacomo) & Most Prom. Actress. 7 Nom.
1989: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1989: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
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