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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 25, 2003

Cast

Al Pacino
as Eli Wurman
Kim Basinger
as Victoria Gray
Ryan O'Neal
as Cary Launer
Téa Leoni
as Jilli Hopper
Richard Schiff
as Elliot Sharansky
Bill Nunn
as Rev. Lyle Blunt
Robert Klein
as Sandy Napier
Mark Webber
as Ross
Sophie Dahl
Polly Adams
as Mara Samuelson
Betsy Aidem
as Talia Greene
Roland Algrant
as Rolly
Geraldine Bartlett
as Sarah Niles
William J. Bratton
as Mayor Nick Conlin
Eldon Bullock
as Washroom Attendant
Andrew Davoli
as Romeo
Lewis Dodley
as Himself
Lisa Emery
as Elsa Nye
Ramsey Faragallah
as David Fielding
Peter Gerety
as Norris Volpe
David Marshall Grant
as Tom Silverton
Jon Hendricks
as Himself
William Hill
as Paparazzi
Angelique Kidjo
as Ms. Thuli Kani
Patrick Kiernan
as Himself
Shelley Kirk
as Benefit Guest
Tirlok Malik
as Cab Driver
Ivan Martin
as Serge
Brian McConnachie
as Jamie Hoff
Ajay Mehta
as Cab Driver
Ted Neustadt
as Man in Sharansky's Office
Irina Pantaeva
as Summerwear Showroom Receptionist
Juliet Papa
as Radio Announcer
Uzi Parnes
as Berger
Joy Philbin
as Herself
Regis Philbin
as Himself
Paulina Porizkova
as Dr. Anna Fahri
Steve Randazzo
as Jack Pollan
Rex Reed
as Himself
Cynthia Santana
as Herself
Ben Shenkman
as Radio Announcer
Keith Siglinger
as Killer
Tina Sloan
as Dr. Napier's Receptionist
Greg Stebner
as Maitre'd
Kaity Tong
as Herself
Laurine Towler
as Julia Stone
Terry Urdang
as Cokey
Peter Van Wagner
as Man in Limousine
Jonathan Walker
as Doorman at Party
Daniel Whitner
as Lobby Guard #1
Frank Wood
as Michael Wormly
Ben Shenkman
as Radio Announcer
Betsy Aidem
as Talia Greene
Juliet Papa
as Radio Announcer
Ramsey Faragallah
as David Fielding
Paulina Porizkova
as Dr. Anna Fahri
Keith Siglinger
as Killer
Andrew Davoli
as Romeo
Cynthia Santana
as Herself
Steve Randazzo
as Jack Pollan
Kaity Tong
as Herself
Geraldine Bartlett
as Sarah Niles
Greg Stebner
as Maitre'd
Joy Philbin
as Herself
Tina Sloan
as Dr. Napier's Receptionist
Irina Pantaeva
as Summerwear Showroom Receptionist
Ted Neustadt
as Man in Sharansky's Office
Ivan Martin
as Serge
Peter Gerety
as Norris Volpe
David Marshall Grant
as Tom Silverton
Tirlok Malik
as Cab Driver
Daniel Whitner
as Lobby Guard #1
Eldon Bullock
as Washroom Attendant
Jonathan Walker
as Doorman at Party
Rex Reed
as Himself
Regis Philbin
as Himself
Polly Adams
as Mara Samuelson
Peter Van Wagner
as Man in Limousine
Angelique Kidjo
as Ms. Thuli Kani
Terry Urdang
as Cokey
Brian McConnachie
as Jamie Hoff
Uzi Parnes
as Berger
Shelley Kirk
as Benefit Guest
Roland Algrant
as Rolly
Patrick Kiernan
as Himself
Laurine Towler
as Julia Stone
Lisa Emery
as Elsa Nye
Ajay Mehta
as Cab Driver
Jon Hendricks
as Himself
Lewis Dodley
as Himself
William J. Bratton
as Mayor Nick Conlin
William Hill
as Paparazzi

Crew

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