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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 ›
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This movie is ok.It's kinda hard to follow.Al Pacino gives a good performance as always.The DVD is used but it plays like a new one.Still glad I bought it though.Published 2 months ago by Wesley Chriscoe
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 13 months ago by Desertman84
Great seller. Very fast shipping. Great deal for the money. Very happy with it.Published 18 months ago by Thomas E. Welsh
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 23 months ago by Neil P.
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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