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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.

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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
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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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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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IFC Films | MGM

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Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Negócio entre Estranhos  »

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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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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

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

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So women can act as stupid as men, cinematically? YAY!
31 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

If this is supposed to be a turn on the usual men-exploiting-women movie, then congrats to all concerned, its great to know that the playing field is now equal.

It started off great, it really did. The cinematography is remarkable and I am assuming there was not a gigantic budget, but you'd never know it by what is onscreen - the 'look' of the movie is also terrific. It has a certain feel to it - I give it that much credit gladly.

But then you get to the characters and the screenplay and the actual words that are said and it all goes into the garbage can very fast. I didn't buy either womans' motivation for anything. Is the woman Julia Stiles plays a psychopath, a liar, a spoiled brat or just bored? Is the woman Stockard Channing plays an idiot, a moron or just bored? For Stiles to accuse Frederick Weller of rape/sexual abuse just for the fun of it is an insult to women and men worldwide who have actually suffered such abuse.

I like Weller and watched this originally to see him. I watched it again to make sure I hated it as much as I did the first time, and I did. 3/10 and that's generous on my part.


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