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sex, lies, and videotape Details


[[Performer~P112040~Steven Soderbergh~stevensoderbergh]] kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John ([[Performer~P25621~Peter Gallagher~petergallagher]]) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann ([[Performer~P44167~Andie MacDowell~andiemacdowell]]). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost no interest in sex; she tells her therapist that she's more concerned about waste disposal. John, however, is still quite interested in sex and is having an affair with Ann's sister Cynthia ([[Performer~P26671~Laura San Giacomo~laurasangiacomo]]), whose personality is fire to Ann's ice; sex is the one area in which she's been able to best her more successful sister, and she relishes her ability to seduce Ann's husband. Into this dysfunctional picture comes Graham ([[Performer~P67051~James Spader~jamesspader]]), a college friend of John's whom he hasn't seen in nine years. Graham has decided that talking about sex is more interesting than actually having sex, so he meets women and asks them discuss their desires and fantasies as he tapes them with a camcorder. A sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, the film made that festival a synonym for a new brand of low-budget indie dramas about contemporary life and relationships. Together with [[Performer~P113658~Quentin Tarantino~quentintarantino]]'s very different [[Feature~V131235~Pulp Fiction~pulpfiction]] (1994), sex, lies, and videotape was one of the most influential movies for independent filmmaking of the 1990s. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 4, 1989


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Andie MacDowell Best Actress 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Andie MacDowell Best Actress 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Andie MacDowell Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1989 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival James Spader Best Actor 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards James Spader Best Actor 1989 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival Steven Soderbergh Audience Award 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Steven Soderbergh Best Director 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Soderbergh Best Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Soderbergh Best Original Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Laura San Giacomo New Generation Award 1988 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Laura San Giacomo Best Supporting Actress 1989 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Laura San Giacomo Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1989 Nominee


James Spader
as Graham Dalton
Andie MacDowell
as Ann Millaney
Peter Gallagher
as John Millaney
Laura San Giacomo
as Cynthia Bishop
Ron Vawter
as Therapist
Steven Brill
as Barfly
Alexandra Root
as Girl on Tape
Earl Taylor
as Landlord
David Foil
as John's Colleague


Steven Soderbergh
Nancy Tenenbaum
Steven Soderbergh
Walt Lloyd
Cliff Martinez
Composer (Music Score)
Steven Soderbergh
Joanne Schmidt
Art Director
John Hardy
Robert Newmyer
Morgan Mason
Executive Producer
Nancy Tenenbaum
Executive Producer
Nick Wechsler
Executive Producer
Victoria Spader
Set Designer
Deborah Aquila
Paul Ledford
Sound Mixer