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People I Know -- A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.


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He thought he'd seen it all, until the night he saw too much
A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Al Pacino ... Eli Wurman

Kim Basinger ... Victoria Gray

Ryan O'Neal ... Cary Launer

Téa Leoni ... Jilli Hopper

Richard Schiff ... Elliot Sharansky

Bill Nunn ... The Reverend Lyle Blunt

Robert Klein ... Dr. Sandy Napier

Mark Webber ... Ross
Eldon Bullock ... Washroom Attendant
Juliet Papa ... Radio Announcer (voice)

Ramsey Faragallah ... David Fielding
Brian McConnachie ... Jamie Hoff

Frank Wood ... Michael Wormly
Rex Reed ... Himself
Lewis Dodley ... Himself

Angélique Kidjo ... Ms. Thuli Kani (as Angelique Kidjo)

William J. Bratton ... Mayor Nick Conlin

Peter Gerety ... Norris Volpe
Daniel Whitner ... Lobby Guard #1
Jonathan Walker ... Doorman at Party

Ivan Martin ... Serge
Kaity Tong ... Herself
Keith Siglinger ... Killer

Regis Philbin ... Himself

Joy Philbin ... Herself
Cynthia Santana ... Herself

Joe Duer ... Michael Von Aelstrom
Laurine Towler ... Julia Stone

Polly Adams ... Mara Samuelson

Betsy Aidem ... Talia Greene
Greg Stebner ... Maitre'd

Tina Sloan ... Dr. Napier's Receptionist

Paulina Porizkova ... Dr. Anna Fahri

Sophie Dahl ... Tillie in the Mink

Peter Van Wagner ... Man in Limousine

Pat Kiernan ... Himself

Ajay Mehta ... Cab Driver
Tirlok Malik ... Cab Driver

Ben Shenkman ... Radio Announcer (voice)
William E. Corcoran ... Lobby Guard #2 (as William Corcoran)

Irina Pantaeva ... Summerwear Showroom Receptionist

David Marshall Grant ... Tom Silverton
Ted Neustadt ... Man in Sharansky's Office

Michael Graves ... Harry Gould
Lisa Emery ... Elsa Nye

Andy Davoli ... Romeo (as Andrew Davoli)
Uzi Parnes ... Berger
Shelley Kirk ... Benefit Guest

William Hill ... Paparazzi
Geraldine Bartlett ... Sarah Niles
Steven Randazzo ... Jack Pollan
Jon Hendricks ... Himself

Terry Walters ... Cokey (as Terry Urdang)
T. Scott Cunningham ... Crispin
Roland Algrant ... Rolly
Mr. G. ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jody Carlson ... Party Goer

Barrymore Barlow ... Patron on Stairs (uncredited)

Rick Canino ... Executive by elevator (uncredited)

Carl Charroux ... Driver (uncredited)

Will Fonseca ... Opium Addict (uncredited)
Bill Kotsatos ... Executive (uncredited)

Sara Maraffino ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Steve Porcelli ... (uncredited)
Cesario Tio ... Opium Boy (uncredited)
Collin Warhaftig ... Gay Theater Couple (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Algrant  (as Dan Algrant)
Writing credits
Jon Robin Baitz (written by)

Produced by
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Michael Nozik .... producer
Nellie Nugiel .... co-producer
Robert Redford .... executive producer
Karen Tenkhoff .... producer
Leslie Urdang .... producer
Philip von Alvensleben .... executive producer
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzy Elmiger 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Michael Shaw 
Art Direction by
Charles E. McCarry 
Set Decoration by
Andrew Baseman 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson  (as David Robinson)
Makeup Department
Nick Barose .... makeup artist: Ms. Leoni
John Caglione Jr. .... key makeup artist
Angel De Angelis .... key hair stylist (as Angel DeAngelis)
Laurent DuFourg .... hair stylist: Ms. Leoni (as Laurent D)
Joanne Gair .... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Patricia Grande .... assistant hair stylist
Sanja Milic .... assistant makeup artist
Peter Savic .... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger
Michael R. Thomas .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Shirley Davis .... production supervisor
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Meredith Zamsky .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director
Kathleen E. Kearney .... second second assistant director (as Kathleen Kearney)
Samantha Lavin .... second assistant director
Amanda Taylor .... second second assistant director
Greg White .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Aharoni .... set dresser
Peter Allburn .... stand-by scenic (as Peter P. Alburn)
David H. Allen .... property master (as David Allen)
Dimitri Apletchef .... assistant property master
Bill Cassidy .... second construction grip (as William Cassidy)
Todd Ian Cole .... on-set dresser
Susan Glod .... scenic foreman
Tom Heaps .... set dresser (as Thomas Heaps)
Mario Herrera .... charge scenic artist (as Mario G. Herrera)
Richard S. Kamin .... construction foreman (as Rich Kamin)
Rita Lascaro .... graphic designer
Gilbert Lesser .... designer: EQUUS poster, used with permission
Byron K. Lovelace .... assistant property master (as Byron Lovelace)
Jocelyn Mason .... set decorating shopper
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser
Francis Panuccio .... first construction grip
Danny Rovira .... construction coordinator
Sandra Shepherd .... set dresser
David Silber .... key carpenter
Eric Stepper .... leadman
Alexander Wei .... art department coordinator
Flo Frintzilas .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Betsy Klompus .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Cy Allene .... adr engineer
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr engineer
David Briggs .... assistant adr editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recordist
Gerald Donlan .... dialogue editor
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Malaika Langa .... audio post coordinator
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Branka Mrkic .... adr editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
James H. Nau .... foley editor (as Jim Nau)
Eliza Paley .... sound design editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr engineer (as Charlene Richards)
Steve Schwartz .... assistant sound editor
Ahmad Shirazi .... foley editor (as Maddy Shirazi)
Eric Strausser .... assistant sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Warren A. Weberg .... utility sound
Akil Wilson .... apprentice sound editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Andrew Edelman .... additional sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Stifanich .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gianni Aliotti .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
David P. Allen .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks (as David Allen)
Eric Bruneau .... compositing supervisor: PDI/Dreamworks
Richard Chuang .... additional technical supervisor: PDI/DreamWorks
Begonia Colomar .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Philip R. Garrett .... editorial assistant: PDI/DreamWorks (as Phil Garrett)
Les Hunter .... visual effects producer: PDI/Dreamworks
Michael Kaelin .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Genevieve King .... visual effects coordinator: PDI/Dreamworks
Henry LaBounta .... visual effects supervisor: PDI/Dreamworks
Michael Macias .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Gaku Nakatani .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Jennifer Leo Russ .... visual effects editor: PDI/DreamWorks (as Jennifer Leo)
Richard Shiba .... technical supervisor: PDI/DreamWorks (as Rich Shiba)
Mark Siew .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Alan Sonneman .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Chris Trimble .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Paul Wang .... additional technical supervisor: PDI/DreamWorks
Shannon Wiggins .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Erik Winquist .... digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks
Steven Kirchner .... visual effects technical assistant (uncredited)
Janet Paparazzo .... stunt double: Jill
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brett Albright .... film loader
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator (as William Arnot)
Patrick Capone .... camera operator
Peter Colavito .... lamp operator
Joe Collins .... first assistant camera
Sean Donovan .... company grip
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldmann)
Jamie Gallagher .... Steadicam operator
Gary Hildebrand .... best boy electric
Beck Hoehn .... second assistant camera
Clay Liversidge .... generator operator
Dave Lowry .... dolly grip (as David Lowry Jr.)
John R. MacDonald .... second assistant camera (as John MacDonald)
Daniel Rieser .... company grip
Chris Silano .... first assistant camera
Darrin Smith .... lamp operator
Adam Snyder .... company grip
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Justin Vanson .... best boy grip
John Velez .... gaffer
Jhon Wlaschin .... shop electrician
Jason Auerbach .... casting camera (uncredited)
Christopher B. Green .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Gregory F. Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Johnny North .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Arthur Szefer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
La'Shone Cleveland .... extras casting
Ilona Friedman .... extras casting
Shelley Friedman .... casting assistant
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... additional casting (as Patricia Kerrigan)
David Kramer .... adr voice casting
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalya V. Aikens .... costume supervisor (as Natalya Aikens)
Frank L. Fleming .... associate costume designer (as Frank Fleming)
Lisa R. Frucht .... costume supervisor (as Lisa Frucht)
Chris Ann Pappas .... assistant costume designer
Deirdre N. Williams .... costume supervisor (as Deirdre Williams)
Editorial Department
Jonathan Chang .... editorial intern
Keith Croket .... associate editor
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Haena Kim .... editorial intern
Jennifer Martinez .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Beth Moran .... assistant editor
Rachel Peyser .... editorial intern
Matt Sarnoff .... editorial intern
Marshall Stief .... editorial intern
Matt Tassone .... editorial intern
Joe Violante .... colorist: Technicolor, New York (as Joey Violante)
Cameron Walker-Miller .... editorial intern
Michael Yetter .... editorial intern
Music Department
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Robin Burgess .... music session coordinator
Meredith Campbell .... music contractor
Nicole Catino .... music coordinator
Erika Duffee .... music session assistant
Michael Esneault .... music copyist
Eric Harland .... featured musician: drums
Don Murray .... music engineer
Derek Nievergelt .... featured musician: bass
Edward Simon .... featured musician: piano
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Christopher Violette .... music supervisor (as Chris Violette)
Brice Winston .... featured musician: tenor saxophone
Terence Blanchard .... conductor (uncredited)
Terence Blanchard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Cusik .... driver
Maurice Fitzgerald .... transportation captain
Bobby Galliher .... driver
Thomas Garrett .... driver
Billy Hilt .... transportation co-captain
Danny Houghton .... driver (as Daniel Houghton)
Steve Januskiewicz .... driver (as Steve Janus)
James Kelly .... driver
Michael Labbadia .... driver
Don 'Ducky' Lapine .... driver (as Donald Lapine)
Patrick Mangan .... driver
Tom Mawyer .... driver (as Thomas Mawyer)
Mack McInville .... driver (as H.L. McInville)
Gary O'Connell .... driver
Joao Oliveira .... driver
Gary Qualles .... driver
Emmanuel Santiago .... driver
Other crew
J. Alberto .... adr loop group
Peter Anders .... craft service
Susan Bendror .... research and clearance: Re/Search
Lori Berhon .... adr loop group
Claudia Besso .... adr loop group
Dawana Black .... location assistant
Jason Block .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral - NYC
Stephanie Byer .... adr loop group
Rafael Cabrera .... adr loop group
Blanca Camacho .... adr loop group
Billy Capucilli .... stand-in: Mr. Pacino
Richard Chang .... adr loop group
Steve Chapman .... parking assistant
Shari Chertok .... research and clearance: Re/Search
Lynda Clarke .... production legal consultant
Maryann C. Contrubis .... first assistant accountant (as Maryann C. Fondulas)
Lou Crisa .... assistant: Al Pacino
Gilbert Cruz .... adr loop group
Colin Cumberbatch .... assistant production coordinator
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Ged Dickersin .... location manager
Tracy Ershow .... set production assistant
Patricia R. Floyd .... adr loop group (as Patricia Floyd)
Michael Garza .... set production assistant
Michel Geldzweig .... set production assistant
Ginger Gonzalez .... set production assistant
Alan Grodin .... legal services (as Alan Grodin Esq.)
David Gross .... set production assistant
Barbara Heller .... location manager
Mark Anthony Henry .... adr loop group
Nancy Herrmann .... key set production assistant
Ray Iannicelli .... adr loop group
Kent Jackman .... adr loop group
Stacey Jennings .... assistant to producers
Ty Johnson .... location assistant
Tim Judge .... executive assistant: Al Pacino
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance services: AON/Albert G. Rubin Insurance Services
Sarah Jordan Levin .... adr loop group
Noah Levine .... office assistant
Geoff Linville .... assistant to producers (as Geoffrey Linville)
Jim Lovaglio .... second assistant accountant (as James Lovaglio)
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
Suk Yi Mar .... assistant location manager
Roxanne Mayweather .... research and clearance: SearchWorks
Dan Messinger .... location assistant
Daniel Pollack .... location assistant
Victoria Pratt .... adr loop group
Henry Previl .... chef: Coast to Coast Catering
J.C. Rappaport .... assistant: Kirk D'Amico
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Larry Robinson .... adr loop group
Jason Rody .... set production assistant
Maria Ryan .... assistant to producers
Sandra Maltz Saccio .... production coordinator (as Sandra Saccio)
Marc Santo .... office assistant
Anouk Schaff .... assistant: Philip von Alvensleben (as Anouk Schaaf)
Sean Schuyler .... research and clearance: Re/Search
Brian Socia .... assistant: Dan Algrant
Steven Stein-Grainger .... adr loop group
Clayton Thomas .... parking coordinator
Kimberly Thomas .... stand-in: Ms. Basinger/Ms. Leoni
Paul Tompkins .... payroll accountant
Elizabeth Wade .... office assistant
Rae C. Wright .... adr loop group (as Rae Wright)
Annie Young Frisbie .... product placement (as Annie Young)
Elizabeth Zagrany .... accountant
Harold De Jesus .... artist: main title (uncredited)
Jessalyn Haefele .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Michael Hartel .... location scout (uncredited)
Kristen Marie Holly .... photo double: Tea Leoni (uncredited)
Kristen Marie Holly .... stand-in: Tea Leoni (uncredited)
Kelly King .... location scout (uncredited)
A.R. Brook Lynn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Nina Saxon .... title designer (uncredited)
Brad Simonsen .... production executive (uncredited)
April Taylor .... location scout (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Marcel Valcarce .... artist: main title (uncredited)
Joseph White .... location scout (uncredited)
Jay Anania .... the producers wish to thank
Bronwyn Bird .... the producers wish to thank
Bruce Bozzi Jr. .... the producers wish to thank: The Palm Restaurant
Bruce Bozzi .... the producers wish to thank: The Palm Restaurant
Alice Dalton Brown .... the producers wish to thank
Gina Caruso .... the producers wish to thank: NY1 News
Edward Donovan .... the producers wish to thank: Ace Elevator
Dave Fleischer .... the producers wish to thank: NY1 News
Ralph Franco .... the producers wish to thank: NY1 News
Wally Ganzi .... the producers wish to thank: The Palm Restaurant
Barron Gullette .... the producers wish to thank: NY1 News
Chris Isham .... the producers wish to thank
Jesse Jackson .... the producers wish to thank: Rainbow/Push Coalition (as The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.)
Anthony Lewis .... the producers wish to thank
David Miercort .... the producers wish to thank
Abe New .... the producers wish to thank: Murray Hill Properties
Rick Nicita .... the producers wish to thank
Peter Niederauer .... the producers wish to thank: Ace Elevator
Deborah Reissman .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Zarem .... the producers wish to thank (as Bobby Zarem)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, drug use and brief sexual images
100 min
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Loosely based on the life of NYC press agent Bobby Zarem.See more »
Eli Wurman:I look like Dracula's Uncle Morty from Kiev. Oh man, I should be embalmed.See more »
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21 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
One of Al Pacino's best roles, better then Michael Corleone in both "Godfather" movies., 29 July 2004
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

****SPOILERS**** Brutally honest and shocking movie about those in power and how they use that power to control the lives of millions of people from top elected politicians and Wall Street executives to the rank and file working man and women and how far they would go to keep and hold on to their power.

Eli Wurman, Al Pacino, is a top publicity agent in New York City. Having graduated from Harvard Law School #4 in his class he found out that doing publicity for his favorite cause, improving race relations, was more effective then being a top flight civil lawyer or advocate. One night Eli bails out one of his client's actor Cary Launer, Ryan O'Neal,lover who came to see him from California TV star Jill Hopper, Tea Leoni. Instead of driving back to Jill's hotel room she tells the limo driver to take her and Eli to Wall Street.

Going into this secret club thats a cross between a high-class bordello and opium den Eli sees who he's not supposed to see, the makers and shakers in the world of power in both politics and big business, and doing what there not supposed to be doing :drugs sex and making under the table deals that affects countless lives.

Jill's thrown out of the club for going there with an uninvited guest, Eli, but she also secretly took photos of the club and the people there with a hidden camera. The next morning Jill is found dead in her hotel room from an apparent drug overdose. Eli who was there with her out cold in her bathtub, and who her killer didn't see, saw what happened.

Eli is really not a danger to those in power since he's obsessed with his benefit show that he has planned the next day for the improvement of race relations in the city of New York. Trying to get people of fame and power to attend his benefit gives some of them, who Eli saw at that secret club, the idea that he's blackmailing them even though Eli only wanted them to show up and make the benefit be a success. It should have dawned on Eli that his life was in danger by what and who he saw at the club the night before and the death of Jill the next morning but he's so wrapped up with his dream of racial harmony that he didn't realize just how really dangerous things were for him. Still those in power can't take any chances with him blowing their cover and exposing them and in the end they took things into their own hands and that spells D-E-A-T-H for Eli.

Al Pacino's performance in "People I Know" is what I think is one the best of his career on par if not better the his fine work in both "Godfather" movies as well as his roles in "GlenGarry Glen Ross" and "Scent Of A woman" for which he won an Academy Award for best actor. For some strange reason "People I Know" has never been released theatricality but went straight to the video and DVD market like some B-Movie you would see on an airplane for free?

Besides Al Pacino there's fine performances in the movie by it top-rate cast of Kim Basinger Ryan O'Neal Richard Schiff Tea Leoni Robert Kline and Bill Nunn as a fiery Al Sharpton-like Reverend Lyle Blunt who stole almost every scene that he was in. It's Al Pacino who really carried the movie "People I Know" with his both sensitive and tragic role of Eli Wurman who was so absorbed in the good that he was trying to do that he didn't see the evil that was all around him for years that he only noticed when it was too late.

I have to warn you that "People I Know" is a very dark and depressing film and it has no happy ending but it's so "ON" to whats happening in the world of politics and business today that it should be a must for every serious movie goer.

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