A relatively reclusive American screenwriter (who refuses to be photographed for interviews and resides in Berkeley rather than Los Angeles), Peoples has built a strong reputation with a handful of distinctive screenplays. His work is characterized by a probing interrogation of genre conventions and strong moral ambiguity. Peoples' heroes tend to be only marginally more sympathetic than his villains. He has been quoted by The New York Times' Bernard Weinraub: "I have a hard time being on anybody's side in anything. I'm inclined to see everybody's point of view."