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The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  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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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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10 April 1987 (USA)  »

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The Secret of My Success  »

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$66,995,879 (USA)
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'David Watkin' was the film's original cinematographer. According to his autobiography, the reasons for being dismissed were and still are unknown. See more »

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When Prescott and his executives stop for a moment to check their pulse while running on the roof, one of them starts to look at his watch.. but it's not there. So he looks over the shoulder of another, and then suddenly the watch appears. See more »

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Barney Rattigan: Any questions?
Brantley Foster aka Carlton Whitfield: Yeah, what do I call you?
Barney Rattigan: You call me God.
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El Catuco
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Definitely a classic!!!
24 November 1998 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Very funny at times, serious at others... "The Secret Of My Success" starring Michael J. Fox is one of my all time favorite movies! J. Fox's acting is right on, and the other actors are great too! Fox plays two characters in this film; Brantley Foster and the *made up* Carlton Whitfield. Brantley comes to New York with the hopes of getting a successful business career. He eventually gets a job - as a postal boy! From that point, LOTSA weird things happen as he makes up an identity ('Carlton Whitfield') to get in touch with the other "SUITS" (business men), and to find out more about this beautiful girl that he saw the other day. The character Melrose (John Pankow from TV's "Mad About You") is also very cool. He's Brantley's co-worker at the post office. The character Vera made me crack up a few times too! I think this movie captures the vibe of New York. (Where the storyline is going down) If you get into the main character, it's almost like you're THERE, ya know? See this movie a few times and you'll understand what I mean. The film is backed up by some FANTASTIC music. The Soundtrack is really special! Songwriter/Producer David Foster is the music producer in this picture, and he even made a hard rockin' song with the American multi-platinum selling rock band Night Ranger (who by the way are BACK in the music world with two great new studio albums called "Neverland" and "Seven") for this movie. The song is called "The Secret Of My Success" and is the film's theme. I give this film 10 stars because it's such an enjoyable, entertaining one!


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