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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.

Director:

Patrick Stettner
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stockard Channing ... Julie Styron
Julia Stiles ... Paula Murphy
Frederick Weller ... Nick Harris
Mary Testa ... Receptionist
Jack Hallett Jack Hallett ... Mr. Fostwick
Marcus Giamatti ... Robert
Buddy Fitzpatrick Buddy Fitzpatrick ... Waiter
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Man at Pool
Shelagh Ratner Shelagh Ratner ... Airport Announcer
Tony Devon ... Bartender
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Official Sites:

IFC Films | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Negócio entre Estranhos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,821, 9 December 2001

Gross USA:

$1,030,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,287,598
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Julie: I've seen a thousand girls just like you; rich families, all the opportunities and you throw it all away. You put on this act, disaffected, obnoxious, talented but undiscovered. You know what? You all end up with your sensitive husbands, pregnant, coming back pleading for a job and making my coffee.
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Connections

Features The Weather Channel Evening Edition (2001) See more »

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A Hidden Treasure
18 October 2002 | by sm4256See 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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