People I Know

Synopsis: Eli Wurman is a decadent drug addicted New Yorker public relation, who is promoting a social event on behalf of Afro-Americans. Along two days of his crazy life, the day of the event and the day before, he makes contacts and favors, 'kissing asses', using drugs etc. Victoria Gray is his widow sister-in-law and passion in the past. Cary Launer is an Oscar winner actor and principal client of Eli. On the day before of the event, Eli finds out secrets that evolve powerful men of America.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Daniel Algrant
Production: Miramax Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


It's Eli Wurman.

I know it's been a long time.

Did you get the invitation

I sent you?

I'm on this committee

for black/white dialogue

in New York...

that sort of thing?

Yeah. This very informal

civil rights committee.

We're having a benefit

tomorrow night at the Palm.

Trying to promote healing

in the current atmosphere.

Bring people together.

It's just very effervescent.

Good show.

Not like those big spectacles.

We really would.

I'd love for you to see it.


I'll put you down for two.

And bring your checkbook.

Projects I believe in.

Nick, hey, listen.


Trying to get back

to that old New York.

Oh, by the way,

I'm handling publicity

for this lovely little musical

called "Flypaper."

Show-biz people.


Not like those big spectacles.

It's old-fashioned Broadway.

I'd love you to see it.

But I try not to gauge anything

by how people react.

'Cause it's not the thing.

Well, we're not gonna know

anything for a while.

So the thing to do is to,

you know, just have a drink.

Wait it out.

That's what they do.

I think the show just got

so much better.

They did so much good work

that last week, Eli.

It's a fantastic show.

It's in God's hands now.

Just don't worry about it anymore.

Let time take care of it.

- Vicki.

- Hey, you.

We were gonna have a quiet supper.

I think it was 50-50 at best.

I don't think I can slip away

from this rat f*ck, honey.

I'm waiting for the notices.

It's the party.

The hand-holding.

- All that blah-blah-blah.

- Okay.

Why don't you come by

my hotel tomorrow?

We'll have lunch, catch up.

How does that sound?

You always were

too good a date for me.

You go do whatever it is you do.

What do you do?

Oh, you don't want to know.

- Let me take you to the hotel.

- No.

I'll get you a cab.

See you tomorrow.



Where's Ross?

Who called?

And where's Cary?

Nobody good.

You think Cary Launer would

stick around for this shit?

He snuck out

when the blue swans came out.

They were cygnets.

Get me a Percocet and a gin.

It's gonna be a long night, kiddo.

Peter, I'm not asking you

to slip me the review, man.

Give me a temperature reading.

Warm, lukewarm.

Cool, medium-cool.

In the old days,

everyone helped each other.

Listen, Peter.

How about we...



He couldn't get it. Sorry.

- I can't bear waiting.

- I know.

What kind of publicist are you?

The kind that invests

in friends' shows, David.

Hey, Michael.

We gonna run in your column?

You know who showed?

We had everyone. Here.

Cary Launer. Scavullo.

Betty Bacall. Pat Lawford.

Excuse me. Everyone.

I didn't see any of these people.

Look over there. Who do you see?

Joe Torre. Lou Reed.

Doesn't matter. Put it in.

You gonna come to my benefit?

This INS thing we're doing?


It's gonna be important

to make a showing.

- Like the old days.

- More lefty choir practice.

- Thanks. I think I'll pass.

- Oh.

How about the show?

You like it?


All right.

Who else RS VP'd for tomorrow?

- We hear from Regis?

- No.

Get Regis. Who, then?

A few legal-aid types.

An assistant from VH 1.

Someone from the Morris office.

You get on the phone.

Get people.

Get Regis and Joy to confirm.

I want Regis.

It's midnight, Eli.

And the new, regrettably named

musical comedy "Flypaper"

is more like that other

substance that attracts flies.

I told him to change

the fucking title.

Three Nigerians

who are being deported.

They're among the casualties

of a mass INS roundup

who are still being detained.

As for the detainees,

held for 200 days,

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Jon Robin Baitz

Jon Robin Baitz (born November 4, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, television producer. He is a two time Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as a Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and NEA Fellow. more…

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