- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 8, 1998
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: by Soderbergh
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 1989 -
Best Actor: James Spader
Cannes 1989 -
Rolling Stone - 08/24/1989
"...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..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/08/1999
"...Spare..." -- Rating: A-
New York Times - 08/04/1989
"...A film whose enormous authority and intelligence extend to every detail....One of the freshest American films of the decade..."
New York Times - 12/24/1989
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List
"...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..."
Film Comment - 07/01/1989
"...A stunning first film..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"Steven Soderbergh's uncompromisingly arty view of bourgeois indiscretion won prizes at Cannes and Sundance and galvanized the American independent film movement."
For a young, impotent man, watching taped interviews of women talk about their sexual habits is his only physical pleasure. When his friend's wife discovers her husband's affair with her sister, she insists on being interviewed on tape--an act that will ensure the breakup of her marriage. Steven Soderbergh's taut drama, which contains stirring performances by the film's four leads, is widely considered the grandparent of the independent film insurrection.
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical release: August 4, 1989.
- The film was shot on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with an estimated budget of $1.2 million, using Panavision equipment and Agfa XT320 stock.
- The surprise hit grossed nearly $25 million at the box office.
- Writer-director Steven Soderbergh was 26 when he made the movie, which was financed from monies paid up front by domestic video distributors.
- SEX, LIES... marked Laura San Giacomo's film debut.
- The film is dedicated to Ann Dollard (1956-1988).
- The film was shown at the Cannes and Edinburgh Film Festivals and the Toronto Festival of Festivals in 1989; it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, which sparked a controversy with director Spike Lee, whose DO THE RIGHT THING was also in contention that year. Lee stated that he "was robbed" of the award in favor of a young white director whose film had less overtly political content.
- This film is the only one of his that Soderbergh has seen in a theater with a regular audience; he called the experience "very odd."
- Peter Gallagher also starred in Soderbergh's THE UNDERNEATH.