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The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 10 April 1987 (USA)
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A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

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Donald Davenport
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Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York. On his first work day in New York, he is fired in a hostile take-over and learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his distant uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he is given a job in the company's mail room. Then Brantley meets Christy Wills, who happens to be one of the top executives. Brantley sees how poorly the company is being run and decides to create a position under the name Carlton Whitfield, to influence and improve the company's operations. Soon things get unexpectedly out of hand, not in the least because of his aunt, his girl and leading a double life. Written by watzdabigdeal

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There's no such thing as an overnight success. Brantley Foster took two weeks.

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Comedy | Romance

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10 April 1987 (USA)  »

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The Secret of My Success  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$66,995,879 (USA)
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Trivia

First of two late 1980s movies where Michael J. Fox played a yuppie in New York City. The second film was Bright Lights, Big City (1988). See more »

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When Brantley is caught in the robbery cross fire while he is in the phone booth, the glass changes from broken to not broken. See more »

Quotes

Brantley Foster: [reading mail while sorting] Some of this stuff doesn't make any sense. They send requisitions through two departments to get procurements for a third. What kind of thinking is that?
Fred Melrose: That's suit thinking. Something happens to a man when he puts on a necktie. Cuts off all the oxygen to his brain.
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Featured in Orange Is the New Black: A Whole Other Hole (2014) See more »

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El Catuco
Written by Tito Puente
Performed by El Chicano
Courtesy of MCA Records
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good movie
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Secret of my Success is one of my all time favorite movies. Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater look very well together and I know no one else could have played in the movie and looked that good. They played their parts extremely well and I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a (romantic) comedy. I wish that the directors would have done a sequel because I just couldn't get enough. I absolutely love this movie and I have to watch it every time I see it on TV. My 6 year old daughter really gets into the movie as well and says that she absolutely loves the movie also. It is a great family film. Michael J. Fox is just a wonderful actor and Helen Slater is great. I wish that they would have done more films like this one and with these two specific movie stars.


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