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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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$66,995,879 (USA)
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The spelling of this movie's title The Secret of My Succe$s (1987) had the phrase stylized by forming a '$' symbol out of the "Success" word's second letter 'S' character. See more »

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As Brantley runs from the dog after leaving the pool house, the close-up of him climbing the trellis shows that it is broken. Distance shots show the trellis intact. See more »

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Brantley Foster: At least I didn't sleep with the boss.
Christy Wills: No, you slept with the boss's wife!
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The Secret of My Success
Written by David Foster, Jack Blades, Tom Keane and Michael Landau
Performed by Night Ranger
Produced by David Foster
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It's Vera Prescott who steals the show!
6 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, Michael J. Fox stars as a Midwestern college graduate who moves to New York City to conquer the business world. He is completely unprepared as Brantley Foster. He is so desperate that he contacts a distant cousin, Richard Prescott, for help breaking in to the business world of New York City. Along the way, he meets his aunt Vera Prescott, played by the delicious Margaret Whitton who really steals the show in this role. He also falls in love with Christy Wills who works there and is played admirably by Helen Slater. John Pankow plays the guy in the mail room who helps Brantley. The cast is first rate but the writing is somewhat mediocre material. It's a good entertainment with a first rate cast and the scenes in the country are quite beautiful.


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