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The Business of Strangers (2001)

Two businesswomen bond and reveal their inner natures while getting carried away on a revenge attack against an accused rapist.


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A dark thriller about a successful businesswoman and her young assistant who toy with a slow-witted businessman while stuck at an airport hotel. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Negócio entre Estranhos  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,821, 9 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,028,337, 21 April 2002
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1.85 : 1
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When the three are in the hotel room together, it is obviously dark outside and the time is even stated at being "midnight". However, when the television is turned on, the news channel is running live stock quotes (something that would only happen during the day) and the time on the television reads "1:30PM" See more »


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A Hidden Treasure
18 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Call it an art film. Call it low-budget. Call it limited-release. But it's a lot more entertaining and intelligent than 95 percent of what Hollywood produces these days. (I know this was filmed primarily in New Jersey, but you know where I'm coming from.)

The psychological and physical tension between the two leading characters (Channing and Stiles) really makes this film. There's a lot to think about here, including the price to be paid for corporate success and how trust often ends up being the world's most valuable commodity.

Anyone who's ever reached the top of the corporate ladder and then found themselves to tired to enjoy it will appreciate Channing's performance. She's a perfect fit for this role, strong and confident on one hand but insecure and a tad lonely on the other.

It seems strange to say it, but I really liked something about how the culture of business travel was illustrated in the movie -- hotel bars, shuttle buses, cell phones, neatly-organized suitcases, lounges, alarm clocks. Maybe these characters simply have more impact in such an artificial environment.

A solid 8 1/2 out of 10.

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