August 6, 2014 1:26 pm
Updated: August 6, 2014 1:29 pm

25 years later: ‘sex, lies, and videotape’


TORONTO — It was 25 years ago this month that Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape opened in theatres.

The widely acclaimed film starred James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher and Laura San Giacomo.

It won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and earned Soderbergh an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

In 2006, it was selected for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

MORE: Scroll through these images to see how the stars of sex, lies, and videotape have aged in 25 years.

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Indeed, sex, lies and videotape — which earned a modest $24 million at the box office — has had a lasting impression on pop culture.

For a quarter of a century, people have played with the title for artistic and editorial purposes.

Here’s a look at a few favourites:

The Simpsons

The 20th season premiere of The Simpsons, which aired in September 2008, was titled “Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes.”


Toronto-based musician Deadmau5 has a track called “Sex, Lies, Audiotape” on his 2008 album At Play.


The sixth episode of the second season of Dexter was called “Dex, Lies and Videotape.” Written by Lauren Gussis, it aired in November 2007.

Northern Exposure

An August 1990 episode of Northern Exposure was titled “Sex, Lies and Ed’s Tapes.”

Kanye West

On his track “Jesus Walks,” Kanye West raps: “They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus / That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes.”

Dawson’s Creek

A November 2001 episode of this teen drama was called “Text, Lies and Videotape.”

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

An episode of this popular forensic drama that aired in December 2000 was titled “Sex, Lies and Larvae.” Sister series CSI: NY followed eight years later with an October episode named “Sex, Lies and Silicone.”

Who’s Counting?

The 1995 documentary by Terre Nash and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, is subtitled Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics.

Who’s Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics by Terre Nash, National Film Board of Canada


A BBC documentary called Sex, Lice and Videotape follows “six young people as they go clubbing, have sex and visit a clinic to see if they’ve picked up a sexually transmitted infection.”

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