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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 Vera rips off Brantley's bathing suit, you can see his "body strap" around his private parts. See more »

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Vera Prescott: I'm going to introduce you to the most powerful money men in New York, and if you can do to them what you've done to me...
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Vera Prescott: I mean bowl them over, darling! You're irresistible when you turn on that boyish charm.
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There is little secretive about this film so the title is kind of silly
5 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical role for Michael J. Fox as a young ambitious businessman who leaves his Kansas farm for the big apple with a job lined up and he has plans to make it big. The movie was a big hit for Michael J. Fox and it is a good movie but it is a formula movie where the good guy wins and you have the typical misunderstandings, the farcical moments and double entendres that are typical in such a movie.

It is funny overall but there is little that is laugh out loud funny. This is essentially a perfect movie to go along with Michael J. Fox's formula for success at the time which was his boyish charm and know how on screen to have the most appeal. He plays the same character he did in Back to the Future, but that one was better.

The acting is as good as can be expected, Helen Slater does a good job as the key love interest, Margaret Whitton does good as his aunt, John Pankow is very good as his friend, Gerry Bamman does a nice job as his boss, but there is one actor I should mention as well. Richard Jordan was a great stage actor who did many character parts. Here he plays the not too nice boss of the company where Fox works.

I liked the message of the movie. In the end you can see that people that are rich and poor can live together, and you see someone can make it against odds if they really want to, you also see corporate America in a not too good light. But one good message out of the film is that money does not matter one hundred percent.

We see this as Fox's character sets out to do nothing but make money and his priorities change. Fred Gwynne who many would remember as Herman Munster has a very small part and should have been in it more. Nonetheless he was in a part with less than ten lines and got top billing. This is a good role for Fox he does a good job and make the best of at standard script.


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