The Business of Strangers


1h 23m 2001

Brief Synopsis

On her way from the airport to a high stakes presentation, corporate climber Julie Styron gets a call on her mobile phone that the C.E.O. is flying in for an unexpected meeting with her. Anticipating the worst, she immediately sets up a preemptive meeting with headhunter Nick Harris to line up her n

Film Details

Also Known As
Business of Strangers
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Headquarters Post; The Effects House
Distribution Company
IFC Films; IFC Films; MGM Home Entertainment
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m

Synopsis

On her way from the airport to a high stakes presentation, corporate climber Julie Styron gets a call on her mobile phone that the C.E.O. is flying in for an unexpected meeting with her. Anticipating the worst, she immediately sets up a preemptive meeting with headhunter Nick Harris to line up her next position. After steamrolling through the presentation, Julie abruptly dismisses her new assistant, young company underling Paula Murphy. When Julie returns to the airport hotel to unwind, she runs into Paula at the hotel bar and buys her a conciliatory drink. As the night progresses, the two women get to know each other, in the spa, on the dance floor at the hotel's club, over drinks from the well-stocked bar in Julie's executive suite. When Nick shows up at Julie's room for a friendly nightcap, their game takes a dark turn and he becomes the unsuspecting pawn in their complex battle of power, authority and wit.

Crew

Larry Alexander

Score Mixer

Nicole Arbusto

Casting

William Arnot

Steadicam Operator

Brooke Bramley

Property Master

Richard Burgess

Art Director

Linda Cohen

Music Consultant

Jennifer Cossetto

Title Design

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Sasha Cummins

Key Hair Stylist

Sylvain D'hautcourt

1st Assistant Cameraman

Hoge Day

Storyboard Artist

Keiko Deguchi

Editor

Janna Delury

Script Supervisor

Joy Dickson

Casting

Jesse Ehredt

Sound Recordist

Ramsey Fong

Associate Producer

Ramsey Fong

Post-Production Supervisor

Eugene Gearty

Supervising Sound Editor

Dina Goldman

Production Designer

A G Guindo

Boom Operator

Marlus C Harding

Production Accountant

Jason Kaplan

Adr Engineer

Cecily Kaston

1st Assistant Director

Frank Kern

Foley Editor

Michelle King

Music Producer

Danita Knight

Wardrobe Supervisor

George Lara

Foley Recordist

Mark Lariviere

Contributing Artist

Alexander Lasarenko

Music

Scott E Levy

Gaffer

Skip Lievsay

Rerecording Mixer

Sophia Lin

Production Manager

Melody M

Production Office Coordinator

Kasia Walicka Maimone

Costume Designer

Teodoro Maniaci

Director Of Photography

Scott Mcgehee

Executive Producer

Brian Mckee

Key Grip

Michael Moffa

Assistant Director

Robert Nathan

Producer

Eric Perlmutter

Score Engineer

Tora Peterson

Set Decorator

Edward Read

"B" Camera Operator

Demian Resnick

Location Manager

Jac Rubenstein

Dialogue Editor

Jac Rubenstein

Music Editor

Jac Rubenstein

Adr Editor

Lisa Schilling

On-Set Dresser

David Siegel

Executive Producer

Manny Siverio

Stunt Coordinator

Andy Solomon

Music Producer

Patrick Stettner

Screenwriter

Alex Steyermark

Music Consultant

Susan Stover

Producer

The Effects House

Other

Mia Thoen

Key Makeup Artist

Peter Thorell

2nd Assistant Director

Noah Vivekanand Timan

Production Sound Mixer

Derrick Tseng

Line Producer

J Dwight Tudor

2nd Assistant Cameraman

Christopher Walsh

Contributing Artist

Dawn Weisberg

Costume Designer

Jojo Whilden

Stills Photography

Film Details

Also Known As
Business of Strangers
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Headquarters Post; The Effects House
Distribution Company
IFC Films; IFC Films; MGM Home Entertainment
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner or the 2002 award for Best Actress (Stockard Channing) by the London Film Critics Circle.

Nominated for the award for Actor of the Year - Female (Stockard Channing) at the 2001 American Film Institute (AFI) Awards.

Winner of the Skyy Prize for Best First Feature at the 2001 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter December 7, 2001

Expanded Release in United States December 21, 2001

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States January 2001

Released in United States November 2001

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film (in competition) August 31 - September 9, 2001.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 19 - November 11, 2001.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 19 - May 3, 2001.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New American Cinema) May 24 - June 17, 2001.

Shown at London Film Festival (Evening Standard Film on the Square) November 7-22, 2001.

Feature directorial debut for Patrick Stettner, a graduate of the MFA program in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University.

Completed shooting June 10, 2000.

Began shooting May 5, 2000.

Released in United States Winter December 7, 2001

Expanded Release in United States December 21, 2001

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Film (in competition) August 31 - September 9, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 19 - November 11, 2001.)

Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2001 (Shown at London Film Festival (Evening Standard Film on the Square) November 7-22, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 19 - May 3, 2001.)

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (New American Cinema) May 24 - June 17, 2001.)