People I Know (2003)



Critic Consensus: The derivative plot fails to cohere or draw the viewer in.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language, drug use and brief sexual images)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jon Robin Baitz
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On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
Miramax Films - Official Site

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as Eli Wurman

as Victoria Gray

as Cary Launer

as Jilli Hopper

as Elliot Sharansky

as The Reverent Lyle Bl...

as Dr. Sandy Napier

as Washroom Attendant

as Radio Announcer

as David Fielding

as Michael Wormly

as Himself

as Himself

as Ms. Thuli Kani

as Lobby Guard #2

as Mayor Nick Conlin

as Norris Volpe

as Lobby Guard No. 1

as Doorman at Party

as Herself

as Herself

as Michael Von Aelstrom

as Julia Stone

as Mara Samuelson

as Talia Greene

as Benefit Guest

as Maitre'd

as Dr. Napier's Recepti...

as Dr. Anna Fahri

as Tillie in the Mink

as Man in Limousine

as Himself

as Cab Driver

as Cab Driver

as Radio Announcer

as Lobby Guard No. 2

as Summerwear Showroom ...

as Tom Silverton

as Man in Sharansky's O...

as Jack Pollan

as Elsa Nye

as Berger

as Benefit Guest

as Paparazzi

as Sarah Niles

as Jack Pollan

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for People I Know

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20)

The movie is weighted down with an excess of plot points that fail to coalesce.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Watchable but dramatically scattered.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Dropped into this ocean of bathos, even Al can't tread water -- at that precise moment, he and his performance drown.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Trashy and lurid as this movie is, it's certainly not boring, and it keeps its star in hog heaven throughout.

Full Review… | April 27, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Al Pacino gives a career-crowning performance under Dan Algrant's perceptive direction.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Top Critic

Miscast and badly thought out, People I Know needed more -- and less -- than it got.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for People I Know

Though the films themselves stylistically are completely different, the basic plots of "People I Know" and "Carlito's Way" are the same. Here, rather than a gangster, Pacino plays a burnt-out publicist eager to escape his shady way of life but, like Carlito, doomed never to do so. The story doesn't ever really get going but the acting is an absolute treat, with Pacino giving an immaculate performance, truly one of his finest ever.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Oh Al.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer


An interesting film.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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