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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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21 December 2001 (USA) See more »
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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
Ana Katharina Dreschsler .... scenic artist
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
Joseph Albanese .... additional grip (as Joe Albanese)
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
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
Quinn Stone .... additional grip (as Quinn Pawlan)
Craig Striano .... third grip
Dwight Tudor .... second assistant camera (as J. Dwight Tudor)
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Justin Whittaker .... additional electrician (as Justin Whitaker)
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)
Location Management
Peter Bobrow .... location scout
Steve Curley .... assistant location manager
Lauren D'Alvia .... location scout
Chris Del Sordo .... location intern
Joe Guest .... location scout (as Joe C. Guest)
Joe Kelly .... location consultant (as Joseph Kelly)
Ian MacGregor .... location scout
Demian Resnick .... location manager
Nathan Sylvester .... location assistant
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
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
Lauren D'Alvia .... additional production assistant
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
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
Ryan Khavari .... assistant to producers
Kristen Kusama .... office production assistant
Jason Luthman .... additional production assistant
Melody M. .... production office coordinator
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
Tracy Sabero .... photo model
R.S. Saltzman .... photo model
Tom Self .... set production assistant (as Thomas Self)
Marty Shea .... accounting 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 »
Paula:I like the sloppiness of real life.See more »
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Hidden Treasure, 18 October 2002
Author: sm4256 from Indianapolis, Indiana

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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