DVD 126 mins IMDB 7.9 (32,466 votes) top 250: #242
Fox Searchlight (2004)
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(2005 )
Adventure, Comedy, Drama
USA  /  English

Paul Giamatti Miles Raymond
Thomas Haden Church Jack Lapate
Virginia Madsen Maya
Sandra Oh Stephanie
Marylouise Burke Miles' Mother
Jessica Hecht Victoria
Missy Doty Cammi
M.C. Gainey Cammi's Husband
Alysia Reiner Christine Erganian
Shake Tukhmanyan Mrs. Erganian (as Shaké Toukhmanian)
Shaun Duke Mike Erganian (as Duke Moosekian)
Robert Covarrubias Mike's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher Gary the Bartender
Stephanie Faracy Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli Frass Canyon Pourer

Director Alexander Payne
Producer Michael London
Writer Rex Pickett; Alexander Payne; Jim Taylor
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael
Musician Rolfe Kent
User Credit 1 Kevin Tent
User Credit 2 Wendy Chuck

Directed by Alexander Payne, Sideways follows Miles (Paul Giamatti), who is distressed about his lack of success as a novelist, and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), an equally unsuccessful actor with a rapidly approaching wedding. In a last-ditch effort to sow their wild oats, Jack and Miles take off on a final road trip to California's wine country the week prior to Jack's wedding. Both men have goals for the vacation — Miles wants to turn Jack on to the art of wine tasting, while Jack is concerned with exploiting his last days as a bachelor — but when the two men come across two fascinating women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), the duo is forced to examine their morality, and if maturity isn't such a depressing prospect — or at least, for one of them. — Tracie Cooper

Edition Details
Barcode 024543175780
Region Region 1
Release Date 4/5/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Full-length audio commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
7 Deleted scenes
Behind the Scenes featurette
Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language, some strong sexual content and nudity.
User Text 2 In search of wine. In search of women. In search of themselves.
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Trivia: In the scene where the boy is reading a book aloud to Miles's class, is "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles. The boy mentions the name Phinneas, who is a character in the book. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Miles's mother's hair color changes between greeting Miles and Jack, and serving them dinner. (more)

[first lines]
Miles Raymond: Fuck.

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 90 wins & 30 nominations (more)