Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

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Steven Soderbergh’s breakthrough cinematic debut is a series of cleverly-written sequences involving interactions between some or all of four very distinct characters. Sex, Lies, and Videotape is a study of how people think they know themselves and how their perspectives can be radically altered through the insights of others.

The cast play their roles to perfection. James Spader shines brightest. His performance earnt him the Best Actor Award at Cannes.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape is an independently-made film whose unprecedented success was instrumental in beginning the 1990s independent film boom. The film cost $1.2m to produce and grossed over $36m at international box offices.


You can find more information on this U.S. movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. The following trailer contains important spoilers. It also makes the film look dated, which it is not.


Title: Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

Language: English

Direction: Steven Soderbergh

Screenplay: Steven Soderbergh

Cinematography: Walt Lloyd

Editing: Steven Soderbergh

Score: Cliff Martinez

Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, Laura San Giacomo


Full Acting Cast and Roles



  1. I loved this movie and it came out around the time of 9 1/2 weeks as well. Some really great sexual explorations. All of the actors benefited from this movie. But yes I think it brought James Spader to our awareness. What is also interesting is that this type of title has been reused many times.

    1. Indeed. If you look at the “Popular culture references” section on the Wikipedia entry for this film, they list a whole bunch of them.
      I didn’t like 9½ Weeks the one time I watched it. Should I give it another go?

  2. Arguably Soderbergh’s best film with some of the most sincere characters on film. It’s so easy for him to make the audience feel awkward like we’re voyeurs watching what we shouldn’t be watching…

  3. This is an excellent film that was definitely ahead of its time yet, ironically enough, is a product of its time as well because, really, how many movies does one see thesedays that are driven by excellent script-writing and existential characterization? One of Soderbergh’s best and my second-favorite selection of his (the first being Kafka, a grossly overlooked and underrated film).

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