- Sliding Doors
name = Sliding Doors
caption = Theatrical release poster
writer = Peter Howitt
Sydney Pollack, Philippa Braithwaite
Miramax Films Paramount Pictures
April 24, 1998
runtime = 99 minutes
United Kingdom United States
language = English
amg_id = 1:160211
imdb_id = 0120148
"Sliding Doors" is a 1998
filmwritten and directed by former actor Peter Howitt. It starred Gwyneth Paltrowand John Hannah, and featured John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehornand Virginia McKenna. The original music score was composed by David Hirschfelder.
The film follows the life of Helen Quilley (Paltrow), who is fired from her
public relationsjob. The film's plot splits into two parallel universes which run in tandem. In one universe, Helen manages to catch a London Undergroundtrain home on time, and in the other she misses it.
In the first scenario (the parallel universe), she gets home in time to catch her boyfriend Gerry (Lynch) red-handed with his ex-girlfriend Lydia (Tripplehorn); she promptly dumps him, and meets (and falls in love with) a new man James (Hannah). Helen met James on the underground, where he engages in discussion with her, including references to pop culture icons like the Beatles and Monty Python.
In the second scenario (reality), she misses the train and tries to catch a cab. While hailing a taxi, Helen falls victim to an attempted mugging. Helen hits her head in the scuffle and is taken to the hospital. She arrives home late, giving Lydia time to leave. Helen carries on oblivious in a miserable relationship with Gerry, working several part-time jobs to pay the bills. Meanwhile, Gerry tries to cover up his infidelity and deal with two women and Lydia interacts with Helen on several occasions. Helen discovers she's pregnant with Gerry's baby, but cannot find the time to tell him.
In the first scenario (parallel universe), Helen discovers she's pregnant with James' child and goes to see him at his office. She is stunned to learn from Jame's secretary that he has a wife. Upset, Helen disappears. James searches for her and finds her on a bridge, explaining he was married, is separated and soon to be divorced, and that his former wife is maintaining a cordial relationship with him for the sake of his ill mother.
In the second scenario (reality), Helen tells Gerry she has a job interview with the head of an international PR firm. Thinking Helen is out at the interview, Gerry goes to see Lydia, who is also pregnant with his child. While there, the doorbell rings and Lydia tells Gerry to answer it. Helen is there, and is outraged when Lydia tells her she can't do the interview because she's "deciding whether or not to keep [Helen's] boyfriend's baby."
In both timelines, she ends up in accidents, gets taken to the hospital and loses her baby. In the first scenario (in which she catches the train), she dies in the arms of her newfound love. In the second scenario, Helen recovers in hospital and tells Gerry to leave her alone for good. Then, while leaving the hospital (in present time), she runs into James on an elevator.
At this point the parallel universe is gone. James is seen leaving the hospital after visiting his mother, and Helen is leaving the hospital after ending her relationship with Gerry permanently. As Helen leaves the hospital she drops an earring in the elevator and it is picked up by James. This event mirrors the start of the film, where James picks up Helen's earring on the elevator shortly after Helen is fired from her PR job.
Before the elevator doors close, James tells Helen to cheer up, and repeats his line, "You know what the Monty Python boys say..." Helen (who, in the beginning of the film, didn't get the reference) turns to James and says, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition." She and James stare at one another as the elevator doors close, leaving the audience to speculate on the outcome of their relationship, but heavily indicating James and Helen end up in a relationship.
The Tamil film 12B released in 2000,directed by late director Jeeva, is loosely based on the same plot.
The scenes on the
London Undergroundwere filmed at Waterloo stationon the Waterloo & City Lineand at Fulham Broadway tube stationon the District Line. The scenes by the river were filmed next to Hammersmith Bridgeand in the Blue Anchor pub in Hammersmith. The late-night scene when Paltrow and Hannah are walking down the street chatting was filmed on Primrose Gardens (formerly Stanley Gardens) in Belsize Park.
Gwyneth Paltrowas Helen Quilley
*John Hannah as James Hammerton
*John Lynch as Gerry
Jeanne Tripplehornas Lydia
Zara Turneras Anna
Douglas McFerranas Russell
Paul Brightwellas Clive
Nina Youngas Claudia
Virginia McKennaas James's Mother
Kevin McNallyas Paul
Christopher Villiersas Steve
Aimee Mann- "Amateur"
Elton John- " Benny and the Jets"
#Dido - "Thank You"
#Aqua - "
Turn Back Time"
Jamiroquai- "Use the Force"
Abra Moore- "Don't Feel Like Cryin"'
Peach Union- "On My Own"
#Olive - "Miracle"
Dodgy- "Good Enough"
#Blair - "Have Fun Go Mad"
Andre Barreau- "Got A Thing About You"
Andre Barreau- "Call Me A Fool"
British singer Dido's song "Thank You" made its first appearance on the "Sliding Doors" soundtrack, although it only became a hit three years later. It was a commercial for this movie featuring "Thank You" as background music that inspired rapper
Eminemto use Dido's voice for his song, "Stan".fact|date=July 2008
* "Groundhog Day"
Run Lola Run"
* [http://www.e-mago.co.il/news/80.htm Sliding doors all around us]
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