Business Of Strangers

Business Of Strangers

Director: Patrick Stettner

Cast: Patrick Stettner, Stockard Channing, Julia Stiles, Frederick Weller

     
 

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Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing star in the revenge thriller The Business of Strangers. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer appears to be solid and very pristine. Without nary a hint of edge enhancement or grain in the image, this transfer features sharp black levels and bright, vivid colors. Overall this is a very commendable job by MGMSee more details below

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Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing star in the revenge thriller The Business of Strangers. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer appears to be solid and very pristine. Without nary a hint of edge enhancement or grain in the image, this transfer features sharp black levels and bright, vivid colors. Overall this is a very commendable job by MGM. Also available on side B is a full-frame version of the film. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. Since this is not an effects-laden action movie, it's not surprising to find this 5.1 mix to be somewhat subdued. However, what the track lacks in directional effects it makes up for in a crystal-clear soundtrack. Also available on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features on The Business of Strangers are at the bare minimum -- the only supplement available on this disc is an original theatrical trailer for the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
First-time writer-director Patrick Stettner’s psychological drama addresses such hot-button topics as date rape and the sacrifices women make to scale the corporate ladder with surprising savvy and assurance for a newcomer. One of the hot tickets at Sundance 2001, The Business of Strangers stars Stockard Channing as Julia, an archetypal middle-aged, hard-driving female executive who passed on marriage and motherhood to pursue her career. Although she’s just been made CEO of her company, Julia is plagued by insecurity and doubt: She pops antidepressants and Valium and wonders if there is anything more to her life than her job. All this makes her the perfect target for Paula (Julia Stiles), a cocky, tattooed young assistant she fires, then ends up hanging out all night with when they are both stranded at the same airport. The bisexual Paula, alternately seductive and sadistic, plays major head games with the older woman, honing in on her vulnerabilities with uncanny precision as she goads Julia into helping her take violent revenge on the smarmy headhunter (Frederick Weller) she claims date-raped her college friend. In the slick, antiseptic settings of an airport and a hotel, the repressed Julia falls under Paula's provocative spell and gets in touch with the darker aspects of her own nature. Both Stiles and Channing have a field day with Stettner's sharp, sexually charged dialogue, but it is Channing who carries the picture, proving once again that she is simply one of the best actresses working in movies. Like Neil Labute's controversial drama The Company of Men, The Business of Strangers sometimes creaks under the weight of its plot contrivances. But Channing’s ability to turn what could have been a stereotype into a compelling, multidimensional character makes it a must-see.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Widely dubbed "In the Company of Women" (in reference to Neil LaBute's ode to the dysfunctional psyche of corporate men), Patrick Stettner's debut feature offers up some interesting queries about the nature of women in such positions. But the filmmaking is less assured than LaBute's acidic, often darkly humorous look at the coldness in men's hearts, and despite the film's intriguing intentions, it doesn't take them anywhere terribly inventive. The film's success coasts on the bright, resourceful performances by Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles as, respectively, the frigidly emotional boss and her haughty protégé, and they make some of the screenplay's more unsuccessful passages seem more believable than they should be. The film is further hampered by an overabundance of obvious metaphoric imagery regarding men and women, none of which leaves much of an impression. Business is not without interest, but the promising source material is never as provocative or insightful as it purports to be.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
1/2
A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

It's a good movie, and Channing and Stiles are the right choices for these roles. They zero in on each other like heat-seeking missiles.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
Crisp and provocative, and no small amount of its pleasure derives from Channing's dazzling performance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2002
UPC:
0027616878021
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English 5.1 Surround; English & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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

Technical Credits
Patrick Stettner Director,Screenwriter
Nicole Arbusto Casting
Keiko Deguchi Editor
Joy Dickson Casting
Dina Goldman Production Designer
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Teodoro Maniaci Cinematographer
Scott McGehee Executive Producer
Robert H. Nathan Producer
Tora Peterson Set Decoration/Design
David Siegel Executive Producer
Susan A. Stover Producer
Noah Vivekanand Timan Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Arrivals
2. "Überfrau"
3. A Wolf at the Door
4. Flight or Fight
5. The Glass Ceiling
6. Making Connections
7. Directed by a Woman
8. Going Down
9. Swimming With a Shark
10. No Restrictions
11. Pass the Buck
12. A Caged Bird
13. What Lies Beneath
14. The Morning After
15. Never Been
16. Walled In/End Credits
1. Main Title/Arrivals
2. "Überfrau"
3. A Wolf at the Door
4. Flight or Fight
5. The Glass Ceiling
6. Making Connections
7. Directed by a Woman
8. Going Down
9. Swimming With a Shark
10. No Restrictions
11. Pass the Buck
12. A Caged Bird
13. What Lies Beneath
14. The Morning After
15. Never Been
16. Walled In/End Credits

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