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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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$66,995,879 (USA)
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One of two cinema movies first released in the year of 1987 that were directed by director Herbert Ross. The films are Dancers (1987) and this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Christy hands the notes she stole from Brantley to Howard they are in a red folder. Howard returns the notes in a manila folder to Christy, but when Brantley discovers them in Christy's bag, they are once again in the red folder. See more »

Quotes

[Brantley is carrying a briefcase into the mailroom]
Fred Melrose: What's in there?
Brantley Foster: My lunch.
Fred Melrose: Your lunch? In a briefcase?
Brantley Foster: Yeah. I ran out of brown bags.
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Referenced in The Hidden (1987) See more »

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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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Delightful take on "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
5 January 2001 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

What sets this movie apart from standard sitcom material are the acting performances, tight scripting, funny sight gags, and great musical score.

If you liked Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future," you'll love him in this role. Much like BTTF, this is not a film to take seriously, but to enjoy it for what it is.

Which is a film that I can watch 100 times and never get bored of it.


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