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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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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 just been made Chief Executive Officer.
Nick: No shit. Congrats. Hey, we can leverage this for that Pacific Net job.
Julie: I thought you said they were about to go belly-up.
Nick: With all due respect, I wasn't talking to CEO material before.
Julie: Listen, I was a bit harsh on you before...let me buy you a drink.
Paula: OK.
[to waiter]
Paula: Martell XO supreme.
Waiter: That's twenty dollars a glass.
Paula: I'll have a double.
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Features The Weather Channel Evening Edition (2001) See more »

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Enigmatic and unpredictable
8 December 2001 | by ruttishhSee all my reviews

Four words, this movie is amazing. I haven't seen Stockard Channing this good since Six Degrees of Separation. This is definitely her best performance to date. Julia Stiles was superb. I haven't walked out of a theater this pleased in ages. Although I have been a fan of Stockard since Grease, my real delight was the script. This is great writing. It's enigmatic and unpredictable, funny yet compelling. I tip my hat to Patrick Stettner. Who needs special effects, long months of filming and huge budgets, when you have such wonderful script and great acting. All shot in 23 days.


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