The Settlement (1999 film)

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The Settlement
Directed byMark Steilen
Produced byTodd Hoffman
John Kuyper
Executive producers: John Davis
Paul Hertzberg
Charles "Skip" Yazel
Richard L. Schnakenberg
Screenplay byMark Steilen
Lawrence H. Toffler
Based onDeath Benefits
by Lawrence H. Toffler
StarringJohn C. Reilly
William Fichtner
Kelly McGillis
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyJudy Irola, ASC
Edited byFabienne Rowley
CineTel Films
Davis Entertainment
Dogmsile Pictures
JeanRoy Entertainment
Distributed byBedford Entertainment
Release date
April 1999
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Settlement is a 1999 film directed by Mark Steilen, starring John C. Reilly, William Fichtner, and Kelly McGillis.[1] The film was screened at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in April 1999.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Pat (John C. Reilly) and Jerry (William Fichtner) work on the fringes of the insurance industry in what are called "viatical settlements," which allow terminal patients the option of cashing in their life insurance policies before death for a reduced payment. In the 1980s, with AIDS cutting short what might have been long and healthy lives, business is booming for Pat and Jerry's firm, Viable Settlements, Inc. But a few years later, improved treatments are keeping the terminally ill alive much longer – and that's bad news for Viable Settlements, which is now on the brink of bankruptcy. When Pat and Jerry meet the beautiful and mysterious Barbara (Kelly McGillis), no one's sure if she's good or bad news.[3]



  1. ^ "The Settlement (1999)". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "A preview of the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival coming up!". Ain't It Cool News. March 15, 1999.
  3. ^ "The Settlement (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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