6.4/10
3,509
78 user 62 critic

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:

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wicked (1998)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

14-year-old Ellie Christianson wants to make her father Ben her love partner. And when her mother Karen turns up dead, Ellie has a good opportunity.

Director: Michael Steinberg
Stars: Julia Stiles, Louise Myrback, William R. Moses
Carolina I (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman escapes her wildly eccentric family in search for a life of normalcy.

Director: Marleen Gorris
Stars: Julia Stiles, Shirley MacLaine, Alessandro Nivola
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A troubled young man retreats from the big city and his ex-wife for the tranquility of a small town. He is drawn into a relationship with a young woman whose boyfriend goes missing, leaving the new arrival as a suspect.

Director: Jamie Thraves
Stars: Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, Karl Pruner
Passage I (2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three estranged sisters reunite one night when the oldest comes back for her two younger sisters after leaving them years before in mysterious circumstances.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Haley Bennett, Agustina Cabo, Pilar Calviello
Before Women Had Wings (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A black woman helps a white girl cope with her father's suicide and escape her alcoholic mother's abuse.

Director: Lloyd Kramer
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Barkin, Tina Majorino
Gospel Hill (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A former Sheriff of the southern town dealing with past sins, and a former civil rights worker, withdrawn since the martyrdom of his brother thirty years before, confront a threat to their town.

Director: Giancarlo Esposito
Stars: Chloe Bailey, Adam Baldwin, Angela Bassett
Between Us (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Two couples reunite over two incendiary evenings where anything can happen in this darkly comedic story of best friends, marriage, love, disappointment and dreams.

Director: Dan Mirvish
Stars: Julia Stiles, Melissa George, Taye Diggs
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A husband and wife tangle with an investigator over her dead brother's million-dollar insurance policy.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Stars: Kharl Anton Leigh, Peter Coyote, Forest Whitaker
O (2001)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen
Sexting (2010)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young woman meets the wife of the man she is having an affair with in a café and tells her the ugly truth. There is only one thing she hasn't counted on.

Director: Neil LaBute
Stars: Julia Stiles, Marin Ireland, Jamie Anderson
Edmond (2005)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A fortune-tellers teasing rumination sends Edmond Burke lurching into New York City's hellish underworld.

Director: Stuart Gordon
Stars: William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna
Femme Fatale (2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Julie Styron
... Paula Murphy
... Nick Harris
... Receptionist
Jack Hallett ... Mr. Fostwick
... Robert
... Waiter
Salem Ludwig ... Man at Pool
Shelagh Ratner ... Airport Announcer
... Bartender
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Official Sites:

IFC Films | MGM

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Negócio entre Estranhos  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,821, 9 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,028,337, 21 April 2002
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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!
See more »

Connections

Features One Size Fits All (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Girls just 'wanna' have fun!
15 December 2001 | by See 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.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 78 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial