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The Business of Strangers -- A successful businesswoman and her new assistant play a game of power and manipulation. Stars Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.
The Business of Strangers -- A successful businesswoman and her new assistant play a game of power and manipulation. Stars Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.
The Business of Strangers -- In this compelling drama, a successful businesswoman and her new assistant play a game of power and manipulation. Starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles. From IFC Films.


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Directed by
Patrick Stettner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patrick Stettner 

Produced by
Ramsey Fong .... associate producer
Scott McGehee .... executive producer
Robert H. Nathan .... producer
David Siegel .... executive producer
Susan A. Stover .... producer
Derrick Tseng .... line producer
Original Music by
Alex Lasarenko  (as Alexander Lasarenko)
Cinematography by
Teodoro Maniaci (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Keiko Deguchi 
Casting by
Nicole Arbusto 
Joy Dickson 
Production Design by
Dina Goldman 
Art Direction by
Richard Burgess 
Set Decoration by
Tora Peterson 
Costume Design by
Kasia Walicka-Maimone  (as Kasia Walicka Maimone)
Dawn Weisberg 
Makeup Department
Francesca Buccellato .... assistant makeup artist
Sasha Cummins .... key hair stylist
Maya Hardinge .... additional makeup artist
Mia Thoen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ramsey Fong .... post-production supervisor
Sophia Lin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecily Kaston .... first assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... second second assistant director (as Michael Moffa)
Peter Thorell .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brooke Bramley .... property master
Justin Davis .... carpenter
Hoge Day .... storyboard artist
Mathew Demek .... swing carpenter
Maus Drechsler .... scenic artist
Maus Drechsler .... set dresser
Sherief Elkatsha .... assistant property master (as Sherief El Katsha)
David Evjen .... carpenter
Julie Khort .... art department intern
Robert Mansmann .... carpenter
Rob Marsteller .... set dresser
Joseph Nerone .... scenic artist
Charlotte Newman .... art department coordinator
June Okada .... art department intern
Peter Ruen .... carpenter
Lisa Schilling .... on-set dresser
Dan Schweiger .... swing
Jim Wright .... set dresser
Joanna M. Wright .... set dresser
Sound Department
Rachel Chancey .... adr assistant
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Costanzo)
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Eugene Gearty .... supervising sound editor
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator (as A.G. Guindo)
Jason Kaplan .... adr engineer
Frank Kern .... foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley recordist
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Orrico .... assistant sound editor
Jac Rubenstein .... adr editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialog editor
Noah Timan .... production sound mixer (as Noah Vivekenand Timan)
Larry Wineland .... assistant sound editor
Philip Young .... adr recordist
James Ziegler .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as James C. Ziegler)
Rich Allison .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Andrew Edelman .... additional production sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Albanese .... additional grip
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Steve Becker .... third electrician
Crush Boone .... additional grip
Matthew D. Canton .... additional camera loader
Radium Cheung .... additional grip
Matt Craig .... additional electrician (as Matthew Craig)
Sylvain D'Hautcourt .... first assistant camera
Tom Fennimore .... camera car (as Thomas Fennimore)
Andrew Fishman .... additional grip
Robert Glynn .... additional grip (as Robert 'Opie' Glynn)
Erin Grgic .... additional grip
Richard Griggs .... additional grip
Melissa Guimaraes .... additional grip
Chris Hayse .... additional grip
Gus Hein .... camera car
Matthew Kramer .... additional grip
John Kuegel .... additional grip
Marc Labbate .... best boy electric
Chris Lally .... additional grip (as Peter Chris Lally)
Scott Levy .... gaffer (as Scott E. Levy)
Anka Malatynska .... film loader
Ed Mattson .... best boy grip
Brian McKee .... key grip
Mayu Nakamura .... additional grip
Steven C. O'Neill .... additional grip
Steven C. O'Neill .... grip
Stacey H. Osbeck .... additional grip
Quinn Pawlan .... additional grip
Edward Read .... additional gaffer (as Edward 'Ted' Read)
Edward Read .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Edward 'Ted' Read)
Scott Read .... additional electrician
Timothy Reilly .... additional grip (as Tim 'Lopez' Reilly)
Timothy Reilly .... third grip (as Tim 'Lopez' Reilly)
Ilse Rumes .... additional grip
Chris Scarafile .... additional grip
Cory Schaub .... additional electrician
Ken Shibata .... additional electrician
Markham Sindeband .... additional grip
Craig Striano .... third grip
Dwight Tudor .... second assistant camera (as J. Dwight Tudor)
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Justin Whitaker .... additional electrician
Benjamin Seth Wolf .... additional grip (as Benjamin Wolf)
Casting Department
Jeremy Rich .... extras casting associate
Todd Thaler .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Casey Court .... additional wardrobe
Danita Knight .... wardrobe supervisor
Karyn Larkin .... additional wardrobe
Maria Schoenherr .... additional wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... dailies colorist
Jedd Ehrmann .... on-line editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Jennifer Ruff .... assistant editor (as Jenn Ruff)
David A. Smith .... assistant editor (as David Smith)
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Larry Alexander .... score mixer
Linda Cohen .... music consultant
Tony Finno .... orchestrator
Michelle King .... music producer
Eric Perlmutter .... score engineer
Jac Rubenstein .... music editor
Andy Solomon .... music producer
Alex Steyermark .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Frank J. Apicelli .... driver: generator truck (as Frank Apicelli)
Kevin Finnegan .... driver: generator truck
Joseph Johnson .... additional driver
Sean Leahy .... additional driver
Other crew
Yahya Abdul-Aleen .... parking production assistant
Justin Allen .... additional production assistant
Lloyd A. Bent .... parking production assistant
Peter Bobrow .... location scout
Coreen Bourke .... photo model
Jim Buckman .... teamster captain
Dale Cannedy .... assistant to producers
Dorel Chesson .... parking production assistant
Keith L. Cochrane .... parking production assistant
Jamie Cohen .... clearance (as Jamie Cohen Hort)
Jamie Cohen .... product placement (as Jamie Cohen Hort)
Tobias Core .... set production assistant
Jennifer Cossetto .... title designer
Steve Curley .... assistant location manager
Lauren D'Alvia .... additional production assistant
Lauren D'Alvia .... location scout
Chris Del Sordo .... location intern
Janna DeLury .... script supervisor
Matt Duell .... additional production assistant
Matt Duell .... set intern
Mark Erdman .... production secretary
Eric Espeut III .... production assistant
Patrick Floyd .... set production assistant
Eliot Gerstel .... additional production assistant
Dave Ginsberg .... set production assistant (as David Ginsberg)
David 'Skip' Glew .... key set production assistant
Joe Guest .... location scout (as Joe C. Guest)
Marlus Harding .... post-production accountant (as Marlus C. Harding)
Marlus Harding .... production accountant (as Marlus C. Harding)
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Urs Hirschbiegel .... assistant production coordinator
Karyn Jacobsen .... additional production assistant (as Karyn Jacobson)
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator
William Johnson .... parking production assistant (as William G. Johnson)
Stanley Jordan .... parking production assistant
Joe Kelly .... location consultant (as Joseph Kelly)
Ryan Khavari .... assistant to producers
Kristen Kusama .... office production assistant
Jason Luthman .... additional production assistant
Melody M. .... production office coordinator
Ian MacGregor .... location scout
Mario Martin .... security officer
Rich Messner .... craft service
Elisa Miller .... production office intern
Charlotte Newman .... clearance
Charlotte Newman .... product placement
Winnie Ng .... production office intern
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician
Demian Resnick .... location manager
Tracy Sabero .... photo model
R.S. Saltzman .... photo model
Tom Self .... set production assistant (as Thomas Self)
Marty Shea .... accounting assistant
Nathan Sylvester .... location assistant
April Taylor .... key set production assistant
Hunter Thompson .... set production assistant
Norberto Valle Jr. .... projectionist (as Norberto Valle)
Jan Luc Van Damme .... set production assistant
Scott Vizioli .... additional production assistant
Derek Wimble .... set production assistant
Robert A. Wise .... security officer
Jonathan Bepler .... music inspiration

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality
84 min
Color (DuArt)
Aspect Ratio:
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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Julie:Nobody ends up being what they really want - it's part of life. It's called growing up.See more »
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Features "Charlie Rose" (1991)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Why can't Hollywood make more films like this?, 17 June 2002
Author: magenpie from In a seedy hotel, far, far away

Every once in a while the bloated self-satisfied monster that lives in La-La Land wakes up in a strange mood. Maybe it's boredom; maybe it's indigestion from eating too much popcorn. Who knows? Who cares? We who hand over our hard-earned cash to keep the wolves (or coyotes, perhaps) from its door should be grateful when this happens, because it results in the occasional small-scale acutely-observed unsettlingly intimate piece of cinematography which reminds us that, despite the monster's influence, there still exist in that land a handful of real human beings trying to make a living by making films about... real human beings trying to make a living.

Look up! See that glass ceiling? No? well that's probably because you're a man. Or short-sighted. Workaholic Stockard Channing thinks she's got her nose pressed up against it. All that hard work, and for what? The Man At The Top wants to talk to her. Pronto. Why, he's even insisting on meeting in some God-forsaken half-built airport hotel in the middle of corporate nowhere. What is it that could not possibly wait until she gets back to the office? It's a recipe for a bad mood, so it's no surprise when she takes it out on her poor hapless assistant Julia Stiles.

This neatly divides our sympathies. Channing's about to have her entire raison d'etre whipped away, and Stiles simply had the bad luck to be an unimportant traveller at the mercy of the weather and the airlines. Now they're both stuck in that hotel with no-one to take it out on except each other.

Except that nothing is quite as it seems. It would be giving too much away to explain how, exactly (and indeed the film never quite makes the truth of the matter clear), but suffice to say that power and powerlessness don't always reside where they seem to. Anyway, this film isn't really about what these women get up to (or what happens to the unfortunate headhunter (sorry, executive recruitment consultant) that Channing has asked to find her a new job). No, it's about how they very quickly find out that they are, more or less, the same person 30(-ish) years apart. Strong women. Frustrated women. Independent women. Different perspectives, of course: Channing's frustration stems from her perception of that glass ceiling, whereas Stiles' is because she hasn't found a way through life yet. Of course it's not a comfortable discovery (how many of us really want to see ourselves from the outside?) but in the end they grudgingly accept the truth about themselves and each other.

All this is on the whole nicely observed and faultlessly acted. One moment in particular stands out for sheer economy of effect: Stiles seems to be about to take her bra off when she pauses, pokes her tongue out and closes the door in our face, managing effectively to say "Get lost!" to Channing, us and the Hollywood machine in one split-second gesture. (Economy seems to have been a watch-word here - how many films have a cast of 10? And that includes the non-speaking parts.)

It's a pity, though, that there are a few places where the theme of "women in a man's world" is handled a little clunkily. A line like "Whisky? That's a man's drink" is on the unsubtle side, as is the scene where the two women start to explore an unfinished hotel wing, passing a sign saying "Danger: no admittance". (Careful now - you haven't got metaphorical hard hats on your pretty little heads.) But these are minor blots on the landscape of an otherwise excellent film.


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