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Working Girl (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 December 1988 (USA)
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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's job.



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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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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretaria ejecutiva  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)


$64,000,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Katherine Parker is said to be turning 30 years old where actually Sigourney Weaver was turning 39 at the time the movie was made (1988). See more »


When Tess and Jack are walking in to see Mr Trask for the Monday morning meeting, you can see the dolly rig reflected in the gold plaque at the bottom of the stairs, just after they pass by. See more »


Tess McGill: [on the phone] Cyn! Guess where I am...
Cyn: [stands up, screams to secretaries] She got out! Oh my god! I can't believe it, she's out - she made it out! She got out! She has her own office!
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Straight from the Heart
Written by Greg C. Jackson
Performed by The Gap Band
Courtesy of Total Experience Records/Lonnie Simmons
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Working Girl
22 April 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Wonderful romance-comedy in the tradition of Capra and Sturges with Griffith perfectly cast as a woman posing as a business mogul to get ahead in the corporate world and spite bitchy boss Weaver, who is simply divine. Ford is especially precious in a rare romantic-comedy as Griffith's partner in business and love interest. The story is creative and witty. Mike Nichols' direction is sharp and in the highest form. The fine supporting cast also features Cusack and the always durable Phillip Bosco. Carly Simon's wonderful song won an Oscar.

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