People I Know
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Yes, it was hokey in places... formulaic in places... but I've surely seen a lot worse flicks that had full studio backing and LOTS of wasted theater time, when this thing was practically a "straight-to-video" release. Not sure of the logic there...
And some of you folks who slammed this probably thought "Sleepless in Seattle" and "City of Angels" were touching, moving, cinematographic pieces of art, eh?
Talking about publicity, it seems ironic but this is what the film is about. Al Pacino is cast as Eli Wurman, an aging New York publicist who is planning a fundraiser. It's for the kind of cause, however, that has seen its glory in the 1960s, and the cause seems old and tired, as does Eli. With the skill of a good makeup artist, Pacino looks dissipated. He has sagging jowls and dark bags under his eyes. But his voice is strong and, in spite of the fact that the character he portrays is constantly popping tremendous amounts of prescription drugs, his strong personality comes through. There's a frantic pace about this film, which includes politics, drugs and questionable ethics.
Kim Bassinger plays his sister-in-law who gives him a chance at another way of life. Tea Leoni plays a high-priced model who's hooked on every kind of drug imaginable and who's the girlfriend of a politician. Then there are the real life newscasters and personalities who all make their entrance to give the film it's gritty reality, such as former NY City Police chief William Bratton, TV host Regis Philbin, critic Rex Reed and newscaster Pat Kiernan to name just a few.
I liked the New York scene the film portrayed. I thought the acting was wonderful, especially Pacino. The story was fast-paced and held my interest. And I felt some real emotion for Pacino's character. Recommended.
"People I Know" is a hybrid political thriller and character study. As a political thriller it's interesting, but not thrilling enough. It spares no one in its revelation of the hypocrisy and abuse of power behind a New York Senate race. The indictment of the city's most prominent citizens, although obviously unrealistic, is unsettling enough to be interesting. The film's best scenes feature Richard Schiff being ruthless as eminent businessman Elliot Sharansky. Al Pacino's Eli Wurman doesn't fare so well. The film takes place over a period of only about 26 hours, during which Eli is unraveling, both emotionally and physically, all while organizing a benefit and getting caught up in political intrigues beyond his control. I wish the film had the urgency that the situation implies. Eli still has a salesman's pitch, but is drug-dependent and only intermittently lucid. This doesn't really work. It makes him difficult to watch and only passively involved in what's going on. It doesn't help that Pacino's Georgian accent is as inconsistent as his character's thought processes.Read more ›
Eli Wurman, Pacino's character, is a relic of a time past who still leverages a reputation, a decreasing circle of friends, and a Harvard law degree, to defend the weak--in today's version, the post-9/11 illegal immigrants. The problem, we find, is that people, at best, find his events as opportunities to advance their agendas rather than move towards a common goal. Wurman is spent, slow to come to terms with the 'new realities,' a cunning and quixotic mix of individual who ponders getting the job done with doing the right thing; interesting tensions, portrayed well by Pacino. Donnie Brasco comes to mind as another film-role where Pacino's character is weathered down.
Pacino's acting is just shy of excellent, while the supporting roles are inconsistent. Somehow, Kim Bassinger doesn't seem to fit the story very well; casting vs. screenplay problem. From the commentary option, we learn lots of tidbits, and about something that has come to plague lots of recent films: this film was turned rather quickly, without (enough) attention to details of interpretation or making. Such an approach is probably what leaves the attentive viewer with the feeling of everything goes or impromptu. Even actors such as Pacino and Bassinger cannot salvage such a production.
All in all, this is a great and timely portrayal of a tired activist movement--a must see for the aware citizen. As well, the viewer may do well by ignoring the racial apropos of some reviewers here.
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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 entitled,People I Know. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Desertman84
Great seller. Very fast shipping. Great deal for the money. Very happy with it.Published 13 months ago by Thomas E. Welsh
People I Know stars Al Pacino, Kim Basinger, Tea Leoni, and Ryan O’Neal. Robert Redford is credited to be one of the executive producers and the following are some of the movies... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stella Carrier
Relentlessly downbeat character study of a burned out New York publicist to the famous and infamous starring Al Pacino in the title role. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Polo
I liked this movie very much, like all the movies Al Pacino has made! He is one of my favorite actors.Published on May 25, 2013 by M. C. Perez
KIND OF LAID BACK, FOR A GUY LIKE AL, BUT I GUESS IT PAYS THE BILLS, INTERESTING MOVIE TO WATCH BUT LITTLE ACTION .Published on March 11, 2013 by Curtis McCutcheon
Always love Pacino. And never find an exception. It's his another master piece which proves him again he is one of the greatest actor Ever.Published on March 3, 2013 by T He
What a great cast of actors: Al Pacino (who plays public relations executive Eli), Tea Leoni, Ryan O'Neill and Kim Basinger. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Eugenia
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