People I Know

People I Know

Director: Dan Algrant

Cast: Al Pacino, Kim Basinger, Ryan O'Neal

     
 

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A powerful behind-the-scenes man in politics and show business finds himself skidding into a very public scandal in this taut drama. Eli Wurman (Al Pacino) was raised in the deep South, attended Harvard Law School, and has devoted his spare time to progressive political causes since working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. However, Wurman now makes…  See more details below

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A powerful behind-the-scenes man in politics and show business finds himself skidding into a very public scandal in this taut drama. Eli Wurman (Al Pacino) was raised in the deep South, attended Harvard Law School, and has devoted his spare time to progressive political causes since working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. However, Wurman now makes his living as a press agent and PR man, and while he's near the top of his profession, years of overwork, constant smoking and drinking, and ceaseless tension are taking their toll, leaving him on the verge of collapse, with only the prescriptions of his friend Dr. Napier (Robert Klein) keeping him on his feet. One of Wurman's biggest clients is Cary Launer (Ryan O'Neal), a fading film star with political aspirations who, after attending a disastrous Broadway opening, asks Wurman to do him a big favor -- bail Launer's girlfriend, Jilli (Téa Leoni), out of jail and keep an eye on her. Wurman manages to get Jilli out of the stir, but she insists upon being escorted to an exclusive sex and opium den for a night of heavy drinking and drugging, and then reveals to Wurman that she owns a device which she's used to record footage of the most public figures who attend the club, including Elliott Sharansky, a billionaire Jewish civic leader (Richard Schiff). That night, a half out-of-it Eli accompanies Jilli back to her hotel room when an intruder barges in and forces an overdose on her, killing her instantly. The next morning, Wurman has only fuzzy memories of what transpired. He decides to focus on his attempts to set up a political fundraiser, but has a hard time getting the right A-list celebs to appear, just as many of New York's power brokers aren't especially interesting in working with Wurman or Launer. In the midst of this chaos, Victoria (Kim Basinger), who was married to Wurman's late brother, arrives in New York and urges him to leave the city and his career behind while he still can. People I Know was screened in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
UPC:
0096009751494
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:40:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Eli Wurman
Kim Basinger Victoria Gray
Ryan O'Neal Cary Launer
Téa Leoni Jilli Hopper
Richard Schiff Elliot Sharansky
Bill Nunn Rev. Lyle Blunt
Robert Klein Sandy Napier
Mark Webber Ross
Sophie Dahl Actor
Polly Adams Mara Samuelson
Betsy Aidem Talia Greene
Roland Algrant Rolly
Geraldine Bartlett Sarah Niles
William J. Bratton Mayor Nick Conlin
Eldon Bullock Washroom Attendant
William E. Corcoran Lobby Guard #2
T. Scott Cunningham Crispin
Andrew Davoli Romeo
Lewis Dodley Himself
Joe Duer Michael Von Aelstrom
Lisa Emery Elsa Nye
Ramsey Faragallah David Fielding
Gandosuke Himself
Peter Gerety Norris Volpe
David Marshall Grant Tom Silverton
Michael Graves Harry Gould
Jon Hendricks Himself
William Hill Paparazzi
Angelique Kidjo Ms. Thuli Kani
Patrick Kiernan Himself
Shelley Kirk Benefit Guest
Tirlok Malik Cab Driver
Ivan Martin Serge
Brian McConnachie Jamie Hoff
Ajay Mehta Cab Driver
Ted Neustadt Man in Sharansky's Office
Irina Pantaeva Summerwear Showroom Receptionist
Juliet Papa Radio Announcer
Uzi Parnes Berger
Joy Philbin Herself
Regis Philbin Himself
Paulina Porizkova Dr. Anna Fahri
Steve Randazzo Jack Pollan
Rex Reed Himself
Cynthia Santana Herself
Ben Shenkman Radio Announcer
Keith Siglinger Killer
Tina Sloan Dr. Napier's Receptionist
Greg Stebner Maitre'd
Kaity Tong Herself
Laurine Towler Julia Stone
Terry Urdang Cokey
Peter Van Wagner Man in Limousine
Jonathan Walker Doorman at Party
Daniel Whitner Lobby Guard #1
Frank Wood Michael Wormly

Technical Credits
Dan Algrant Director
Philip Von Alvensleben Executive Producer
Jon Robin Baitz Screenwriter
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Baseman Set Decoration/Design
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Suzy Elmiger Editor
Ali Farrell Casting
Jude Gorjanc Asst. Director
Charles McCarry Art Director
Michael Nozik Producer
Nellie Nugiel Co-producer
Robert Redford Executive Producer
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Michael Shaw Production Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Karen Tenkhoff Producer
Leslie Urdang Producer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Violette Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- People I Know
1. What Do You Do? [5:39]
2. Loyalty [4:01]
3. The Opium Den [9:41]
4. Where's My Toy? [9:52]
5. Too Many Pills [5:59]
6. Publicity [4:31]
7. Brother's Widow [7:21]
8. Dr. Feelgood [5:48]
9. It's Over [9:37]
10. A Little Group [7:26]
11. The Benefit [5:49]
12. On the Same Team [6:36]
13. Stay Naive [5:18]
14. Ready To Leave [4:59]
15. Made a Mark [6:45]

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