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Working Girl (1988)

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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for everyone who's still in there trying.

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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Secretaria ejecutiva  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$64,000,000 (USA)
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"Working Girl" contains two subtle nods to Martin Scorsese, a director with whom Michael Ballhaus, "Working Girl"'s cinematographer, worked frequently. Early on, one of the firms mentioned for an office party is Raging Bull Catering, which takes its name from the 1980 film that is one of Scorsese's best. And in a mirror in Sigourney Weaver's apartment, part of a pool table is clearly visible, a reference to "The Color of Money" (1986), which Scorsese directed and Ballhaus shot. See more »

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When Tess first tells Katherine of her Trask radio idea, Katherine's red glasses are folded on her desk in one shot and they are on her face in the next shot. See more »

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Cynthia: Why does it do that?
Tess McGill: Cleaning...
Cynthia: Are you kiddin' me?
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The Lady in Red
Written and Performed by Chris De Burgh (as Chris DeBurgh)
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Coffee, Tea, Me?
10 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

With a cast that includes Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Spacey, its a minor miracle Joan Cusack got any attention at all. But she did get attention, and a well-deserved Oscar nomination. She is completely hysterical and is one of the best reasons to see this fairy tale set against the big bad world of Wall Street. Her best scene is when she masquerades as Melanie's secretary and makes an offer to Harrison "Coffee, Tea, Me"?


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