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Sex, Lies and Videotape [DVD] [Closed Caption]

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  • 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.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1989
    Cannes Best Actor 1989 James Spader American actor, CRASH (1996)

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90489

  • Credits
    James Spader, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo, Andie MacDowell
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A dazzling feature debut, Steven Soderbergh proves himself a writer and director of uncommon gifts....A movie of prodigious power and feeling that is also high-spirited, hilarious and scorchingly erotic..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Spare..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A film whose enormous authority and intelligence extend to every detail....One of the freshest American films of the decade..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List
    New York Times

    "...SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE is one of the best American independent films in quite a long while, a sexy, nuanced, beautifully controlled examination of how a quartet of people are defined by their erotic impulses and inhibitions..."
    Variety

    "...A stunning first film..."
    Film Comment

    "Steven Soderbergh's uncompromisingly arty view of bourgeois indiscretion won prizes at Cannes and Sundance and galvanized the American independent film movement."
    Premiere

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