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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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As one of the subplots was fairly critical about the mayor of New York, this film sat on the shelves for two years following the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, a time when the city's mayor Guiliani redeemed himself in many peoples' eyes. See more »

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Eli Wurman: I look like Dracula's Uncle Morty from Kiev. Oh man, I should be embalmed.
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Connections

References Knife in the Water (1962) See more »

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Symphony #1 in C Opus 21
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Conducted by Herbert Kegel
Performed by Dresdner Philharmonie (as Dresden Philharmonic)
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Actors In Search Of A Film
11 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

"People I Know" is a clunker with no one to root for and no one to care about -- despite the game efforts of a talented cast.

Pacino delivers his usual tour de force as Eli Wurman, a past-his-prime publicity agent hollowed out by a lifetime of moral corruption. But unlike Michael Corleone, it's impossible to have an emotional investment in this character, his dilemma, or his fate.

The film traces Eli's preparations for a benefit for a liberal political cause, while distracted by a client's (Ryan O'Neal, good in an underwritten part) latest "dirty laundry" -- in this case, a TV actress companion who's gotten involved with the wrong people. Tea Leoni brings her customary star power to this supporting role, although again, the script doesn't give her much to work with. As Eli's sister-in-law, Kim Basinger manages to evoke sympathy despite implausible plot mechanics.

This movie is strictly for those who like watching Pacino strut his stuff, and enjoy the other principals. Unfortunately, between the script and direction, "People I Know" is strictly amateurish. Hence its limited theatrical release, and speedy journey to DVD. Consider yourself warned.


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