Press Junket for “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989)


The seemingly idyllic life of a young Louisiana couple proves less than harmonious - he is having an affair with his sister-in-law and she is increasingly drawn to a young man obsessed with a video camera. An intelligent comedy of sexual manners. (The Guardian)

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Steven Soderbergh

Cast and Crew

Partial Cast and Crew List (IMDB)

Writing Credits
Steven Soderbergh

James Spader – Graham Dalton
Andie MacDowell – Ann Bishop Mullany
Peter Gallagher – John Mullany
Laura San Giacomo – Cynthia Patrice Bishop
Ron Vawter – Therapist
Steven Brill– Barfly
Alexandra Root – Girl on Tape
Earl T. Taylor – Landlord
Davil Foil – John’s Colleague

John Hardy – Producer
Morgan Mason – Executive Producer
Robert Newmyer – Producer
Nancy Temenbaum – Executive Producer
Nick Wechsler – Executive Producer

Original Music
Cliff Martinez

Walt Lloyd

Steven Soderbergh

Deborah Aquila


Awards, Nominations, Festivals

2006 - National Film Registry, National Film Preservation Board, USA

1990 - Steven Soderbergh, Best Director, Independent Spirit Awards
1990 - Robert F. Newmyer, John Hardy, Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards
1990 - Andie MacDowell, Best Female Lead, Independent Spirit Awards
1990 - Laura San Giacomo, Best Supporting Female, Independent Spirit Awards

1989 - James Spader, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival
1989 - Steven Soderbergh, Fipresci Prize, Cannes Film Festival
1989 - Steven Soderbergh, Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival

1989 -Andie MacDowell, Best Actress Award, LA Film Critics Association Awards
1989 - Laura San Giacomo, New Generation Award, LA Film Critics Association Awards

1989 - Audience Award, Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival

Other Information:

1989 Reviews

The story of “sex, lies, and videotape” is by now part of movie folklore: how writer-director Steven Soderbergh ... wrote the screenplay in eight days during a trip to Los Angeles, how the film was made for $1.8 million, how it won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, as well as the best actor prize for Spader. I am not sure it is as good as the Cannes jury apparently found it; it has more intelligence than heart, and is more clever than enlightening. But it is never boring, and there are moments when it reminds us of how sexy the movies used to be, back in the days when speech was an erogenous zone. (Roger Ebert, August 1, 1989)

 Mr. Soderbergh's astonishing first film is a ''Liaisons Dangereuses'' for the video age, a rich, absorbing tale of sexual greed and fear, love and betrayal, in which Graham's camera becomes a central player. It is an intricate dance of constantly changing partners, whose connections are based on truth, self-denial and outright deception. ''sex, lies and videotape,'' which won the Grand Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, comes loaded with advance praise that seems impossible to meet; amazingly, the film surpasses that. (Caryn James, New York Times, August 4, 1989)

Written in eight days and shot over five weeks ...  by a ...  first-time feature director with a no-star cast and zilch special effects, this independent film is now the surprise success story of the year. A hit at the U.S. Film Festival in January, the movie took the top prize at Cannes in May, as well as a Best Actor Award for James Spader, one of the four leading players. Suspicious as I am of communal swoons, I must confess the fuss is warranted. (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, August 18, 1989)