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People Like Us (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 May 1990
When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.


William Hale (as Billy Hale)


Dominick Dunne (novel), Mart Crowley (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Gus Bailey
Connie Sellecca ... Ruby Nolte Renthall
Eva Marie Saint ... Lil Van Degan Altemus
Dennis Farina ... Elias Renthall
Robert Desiderio ... Bernard Slatkin
Gary Frank ... Hubert Altemus
Teri Polo ... Justine Altemus Slatkin
Jean Simmons ... Peach Prindible Bailey
Ron Marquette ... Juanito Perez
Gail O'Grady ... Rebecca Bailey
Tom Schanley ... Lefty Flint
Barbara Whinnery ... Dodo Fitz Allen
Keith Buckley ... Lord Lucerne Biedermeyer
Susan French ... Cora Mandell
Meg Gibson ... Violet Bastito (as Margaret Gibson)


When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.

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13 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A felső tízezer See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nevel, the name of the dress designer in the series and the book is based on Scaasi, whose brand name is his real last name Isaacs, spelled backwards. See more »


The butterflies released at the Renthall's ball are clearly animated. They are replaced in close shots by stiff silk models. See more »


Ruby Nolte Renthall: [Indicating the suit she's wearing] Very Lil altemus, don't you think?
Gus Bailey: Very. If that's what you want.
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a great mini series based on a popular book
9 August 2017 | by jonathan_lippmanSee all my reviews

I love this miniseries starting with the theme music and the cast. A glamorous cast and several very good subplots that involve murder, infidelity, high society, religious fanaticism, homosexual love, AIDS, snobbery and friendship all rolled into one four hour two parter. Ben Gazzara, Connie Selllica in her best ever role and Award winner for her role Eva Marie Saint as a horrible socialite that the audience will love to hate as I did are all excellent. I have not read the book and I assume that not everything in the book is covered here but that is what happens when books are made into movies, dealing with the time element that a movie has. The setting, New York's upper crust society is very well represented as is the snobbism that is a result of such a social scene. I believe that many of the characters including Ben Gazzara's writer are based on real life characters including the novelist Dominque Dunne who is himself part of the Jet set. I also believe that the film actress played by TV actress Ruta Lee is based on Elizabeth Taylor who became a major figure in the AIDS battle as does the actress in this story. I have to mention the lovely and wonderful Jean Simmons in a small but important role who adds her glamorous name and class to the proceedings and is a throwback to the Golden Age of Cinema from whence she come. Eva Marie Saint is a standout.

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