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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

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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 ... 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,028,337, 21 April 2002
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Headquarters (III),i5 Films See more »
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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 is checking Nick's pulse]
Paula: Well?
Julie: I don't know...
Paula: What do you mean you don't know?
Julie: I'm not a fucking doctor!
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Features Charlie Rose (1991) See more »

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Girls just 'wanna' have fun!
15 December 2001 | by jotix100See all my reviews

What a pleasure to watch Stockard Channing in this film! The range of emotions she undergoes playing Julie, an over-the-hill, frustrated and angry woman, who perhaps has been overlooked by her employers, like so many other women with a lot of qualifications, too many times. She is totally vulnerable. She's afraid of losing her job, which she has worked probably so hard to obtain and keep. She goes from one extreme to another in a range that is very hard to imagine another could convey as eloquently as Ms. Channing.

She meets her match when Paula, her new assistant, gets into the picture. Paula is an enigmatic character who we don't know where she's coming from, yet, she exerts an incredible amount of power over her newly acquired boss. That's when the fun and games begin. Julia Stiles projects a mystery about who this assistant is, obviously a product of privilege and wealth in sharp contrast with Stockard Channing character, who we get to know, comes from very humble origin and whose ascent into the position she is now is the product of hard work. Her ambition is natural because her Julie has had to struggle and fight for whatever she has gotten from life, including her present executive position.

It's like a good tennis match watching these two actresses go at it, and at each other throughout the film, but it is Miss Channing who outshines and makes this feature so much fun to watch. The script and direction from Patrick Stettner are just right, but he is well served by his cast.


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