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People Like Us (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 May 1990
When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.


(as Billy Hale)


(novel), (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Elias Renthall
Hubert Altemus
Peach Prindible Bailey
Juanito Perez
Rebecca Bailey
Lefty Flint
Dodo Fitz Allen
Lord Lucerne Biedermeyer
Cora Mandell
Violet Bastito (as Margaret Gibson)


When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.

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Not Rated




Release Date:

13 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A felső tízezer  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nevel, the name of the dress designer in the series and the book is based on Scassi, whose brand name is his real last name Isaacs, spelled backwards. See more »


The butterflies released at the Renthall's ball are clearly animated. They are replaced in close shots by stiff silk models. See more »


Bernard Slatkin: What do you think?
[Indicating the restaurant]
Justine Altemus Slatkin: Well, I like Mike, but I'll have to reserve my opinion until after I've eaten the food, because it's not exactly what I'm used to.
Bernard Slatkin: I guess Clarence's is more your style. You know, I ate there once, hated it.
Justine Altemus Slatkin: Was it the people or the place you didn't like?
Bernard Slatkin: The food.
Justine Altemus Slatkin: Well, that makes sense. No one goes there to eat anyway. They all go to be seen and to look at each other.
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a great mini series based on a popular book
9 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I love this miniseries starting with the theme music and the cast. A glamorous cast and several very good subplots that involve murder, infidelity, high society, religious fanaticism, homosexual love, AIDS, snobbery and friendship all rolled into one four hour two parter. Ben Gazzara, Connie Selllica in her best ever role and Award winner for her role Eva Marie Saint as a horrible socialite that the audience will love to hate as I did are all excellent. I have not read the book and I assume that not everything in the book is covered here but that is what happens when books are made into movies, dealing with the time element that a movie has. The setting, New York's upper crust society is very well represented as is the snobbism that is a result of such a social scene. I believe that many of the characters including Ben Gazzara's writer are based on real life characters including the novelist Dominque Dunne who is himself part of the Jet set. I also believe that the film actress played by TV actress Ruta Lee is based on Elizabeth Taylor who became a major figure in the AIDS battle as does the actress in this story. I have to mention the lovely and wonderful Jean Simmons in a small but important role who adds her glamorous name and class to the proceedings and is a throwback to the Golden Age of Cinema from whence she come. Eva Marie Saint is a standout.

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