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The Business of Strangers (19-Jan-2001)

Director: Patrick Stettner

Writer: Patrick Stettner

Composer: Alexander Lasarenko

Producers: Susan A. Stover; Robert H. Nathan

Keywords: Thriller

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Stockard Channing
13-Feb-1944   The First Lady on The West Wing
Julia Stiles
28-Mar-1981   10 Things I Hate About You
Frederick Weller
1966   Marshall Mann on In Plain Sight


Stockard Channing   ...   Julie Styron
Julia Stiles   ...   Paula Murphy
Frederick Weller   ...   Nick Harris
Mary Testa   ...   Receptionist
Jack Hallett   ...   Mr. Fostwick
Marcus Giamatti   ...   Robert
Buddy Fitzpatrick   ...   Waiter
Salem Ludwig   ...   Man at Pool
Shelagh Ratner   ...   Airport Announcer


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 10-Jul-2009)

Poignant tale of two eager women; one has passed her prime and bears the scares of the still male dominated business world of the early new millennium is aggressively portrayed to a 'T' (as in Tenacious) by Stockard Channing who is chillingly ruthless from frame to frame. The other younger, equally crafty, as well as wickedly sly woman is played by Julia Stiles who no doubt is cast by design to steal the glances of the male audience as well as opposite genders in this story of destructive payback. Stiles' character is manipulatively calculating as she subtly unfolds a selfish plan to map a path to own success yet who's comeuppance could inevitably be in her near future at the hands of her adversary's lofty rankâ or possibly visa-versa given that both become disillusioned by the cardinal sins of greed, envy and last but certainly not least, lust. Gets off the track a bit with the man-humiliation angle which may have went a bit to far but both Channing is stellar and Stiles is something to be reckoned with in this picture in more ways than one as both should be duly commended for their outstanding performances. Comparisons to Neil LaBute's powerful 1997 'In the Company of Men' are inevitable but still stands well on its own.

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