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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the opening scene in the airport as the camera moves in through the passengers toward Julia Stiles from behind, the camera approaches from behind the left shoulder of a stranger and hits him hard enough that his head first snaps hard to the right, then bounces back to the left into the frame again just before he moves out of the camera's view. See more »

Quotes

Paula: If you were a man, you'd see a dominatrix twice a week. All CEOs have one. But we're women so we don't do things like that.
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Connections

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

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Would have liked to see more but that probably would have ruined it
10 November 2002 | by Alan-40See all my reviews

Paula hates men, and has learned to use her sexual attractiveness as a weapon against them. It's made obvious the way she likes to taunt them in the elevator, the dance floor. Making out in the hallway just enough to get him turned on, then kick him away. Throwing their lame smalltalk back in their face. (At the end of the movie I asked my SO why she "did it" and the answer was "because she can." I got it right.)

Paula is a constant, but what about Julie? Together but brittle, Paula boils things to the surface of Julie that otherwise would not have come to light without sufficient heat. This movie keeps you watching, and you can't help but question whether the characters and fallen "out of character" or not. But that's the whole point.

You keep watching because you want to see where it goes. Over the edge, or reel back to safety?

Actors aside, the background is perfect, as anyone who has spent any amount of time on business trips knows.

Eight stars.


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