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People I Know (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  21 November 2002 (Peru)
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A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.

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Eli Wurman is a decadent drug addicted New Yorker public relation, who is promoting a social event on behalf of Afro-Americans. Along two days of his crazy life, the day of the event and the day before, he makes contacts and favors, 'kissing asses', using drugs etc. Victoria Gray is his widow sister-in-law and passion in the past. Cary Launer is an Oscar winner actor and principal client of Eli. On the day before of the event, Eli finds out secrets that evolve powerful men of America. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He thought he'd seen it all, until the night he saw too much

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Rated R for language, drug use and brief sexual images | See all certifications »

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$400,285 (Spain) (30 May 2003)

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$401,472 (Europe) (30 May 2003)
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As one of the subplots was fairly critical about the mayor of New York, this film sat on the shelves for two years following the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, a time when the city's mayor Guiliani redeemed himself in many peoples' eyes. See more »

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Eli Wurman: [of Jilli's red-walled, red-upholstered hotel room] This is not a room... it's a vagina.
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10 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie in anticipation of a typical gangster, car chasing movie night. I have been living with the character portrayed by Eli for so long, I had no idea I would then go on to see this person so brilliantly characterized in a movie. I had never even heard of this movie.

actually this movie is a study in narcissistic personality disorder. Everybody seems to have it except Victoria, played by Kim Bassinger, she is the typical naive, girl next door type who is eternally optimistic that she can "save Eli" from himself. I was actually surprised to see such a character included in the film, she could have been left out (Eli never would have noticed). And yes, her character is brilliantly flat, as are the people that the Eli's of this world require them to be.

Almost all aspects of this personality disorder are included, gender confusion, drugs, alcohol, denial of responsibility (but self promotion), the all pervasive, consuming,"dark intense drama" the hob nobing with people of importance, and ultimately the loneliness of it all ... even the secretary can't take it any more, he flees for Seatle where things are "ordinary." I was just getting used to the idea that movies of substance were no longer being made. I spend a lot of time with Turner Movie Classics. It is true, this is not one of those escapist films, but one that will leave you thinking, even watching it again to see if in deed he was the one to leak the truth.

Although I am a New Yorker, you can find these self absorbed, image conscious people anywhere, maybe that neighbor that you just can't figure out.

And I am not in the psychological field


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