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The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 10 April 1987 (USA)
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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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,766,452 (USA) (12 April 1987)

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$66,995,879 (USA)
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Michael J. Fox filmed both this film and Light of Day (1987) during the same hiatus in between the fourth and fifth seasons of Family Ties (1982) See more »

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When Brantley is reluctantly having a drink with Vera at her mansion, he tosses his drink over his shoulder emptying his glass. In the next shot his glass has booze in it again. See more »

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[after reviewing Brantley's (faked) résumé]
Mrs. Meacham: Outstanding! Outstanding!
Brantley Foster: You're not going to tell me I have too much experience, are you?
Mrs. Meacham: Certainly not - you're perfect for the job.
Brantley Foster: Great!
Mrs. Meacham: Except...
Brantley Foster: No! No exceptions! I want this job, I need it, I can do it. Everywhere I've been today there's always been something wrong, too young, too old, too short, too tall. Whatever the exception is, I can fix it. I can be older, I can be taller, I can be anything.
Mrs. Meacham: Can you be a minority woman?
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Something I Gotta Do
Written by David Foster, Danny Peck and Tim DuBois
Performed by Restless Heart
Produced by David Foster
Co-Produced by Tim DuBois and Scott Hendricks
Restless Heart appears courtesy of RCA Records
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Corporate America under the Microscope
11 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Whenever I see groups of people in suits slaving away at their laptops and wonder what they are doing, I am reminded of this film. The suits who don't talk to the mailroom staff, whose ties cut off the flow of blood to their brains, and who cut down the effectiveness of their company are looked at with a jaundiced eye.

Is it possible for a someone from the mailroom to open up an office, get himself a secretary, and start operating within the organisation as a suit? It's ridiculous, of course. Utter fantasy. Or is it? I would find it unbelievable, had I not witnessed for myself the kind of conditions that would allow this sort of thing to happen in a large organisation. I dare say anyone who had the nerve could do it.

Michael J Fox turns in a good performance as the protagonist. Fred Gwynne is very photogenic, and Margaret Whitton is excellent as the protagonist's leggy, amorous aunt-in-law.

This film is well worth watching.


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