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People I Know (2002)

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A New York press agent must scramble when his major client becomes embroiled in a huge scandal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eli Wurman
... Victoria Gray
... Cary Launer
... Jilli Hopper
... Elliot Sharansky
... The Reverend Lyle Blunt
... Dr. Sandy Napier
... Ross
Eldon Bullock ... Washroom Attendant
Juliet Papa ... Radio Announcer (voice)
... David Fielding
Brian McConnachie ... Jamie Hoff
... Michael Wormly
... Himself
Lewis Dodley ... Himself
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Storyline

Eli Wurman is a decadent drug addicted New Yorker public relation, who is promoting a social event on behalf of Afro-Americans. Along two days of his crazy life, the day of the event and the day before, he makes contacts and favors, 'kissing asses', using drugs etc. Victoria Gray is his widow sister-in-law and passion in the past. Cary Launer is an Oscar winner actor and principal client of Eli. On the day before of the event, Eli finds out secrets that evolve powerful men of America. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He thought he'd seen it all, until the night he saw too much

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug use and brief sexual images | See all certifications »

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21 November 2002 (Peru)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,211, 27 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,972, 18 May 2003
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Trivia

In the trailer, a poster for The Parallax View (1974), can be seen behind Al Pacino. See more »

Quotes

Eli Wurman: I look like Dracula's Uncle Morty from Kiev. Oh man, I should be embalmed.
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Features Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) See more »

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Ghoom Charakhana
Performed by Najma Akhtar
Courtesy of Triple Earth Music
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People I Shouldn't Have Known
24 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

With 'People I Know' Dan Algrant tells a story of how the rich and powerful can get away with anything and everything. In the film, it is an actress, Jill (Tea Leoni) and a PR (Al Pacino) who fall victim as they threaten to expose the shady potentially scandalous secrets of the rich elites. Algrant's portrayal is very one-sided because he shows all the wealthy characters as big bad wolves and the lesser fortunate people in a more humane light. Examples include the scene where Tea's face lightens up as she thinks of a house in the country, and the sequences between Pacino and Basinger where we see a vulnerable side of Eli. It is the performances that stand out. Al Pacino displays a very intense performance, of a vulnerable and relatively weak character. It is entirely different from the kind of roles he has played earlier and one of his best parts. Kim Basinger lightens the screen as the supportive and loving Vicci. I liked how Algrant demonstrates the special relationship between Eli and Vicci. Their scenes together were some of the best moments of the movie. Tea Leoni is superb despite having a small role. Ryan O'Neal and Richard Schiff are adequate. 'People I Know' is a small film and the ending perhaps may not appeal to many but I thought it was an interesting, even though somewhat partial, take on how power corrupts and destroys.


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