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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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$64,000,000 (USA)
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Harrison Ford got his famous scar by crashing into a pole on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA. He was a player at the Laguna Playhouse at the time and got a "rush stitch job" at South Coast Hospital in Laguna Beach. In the movie, his character says that he was piercing his ear as a teen, and fainted and hit his chin on the toilet. See also: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). See more »

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It is established that Jack Trainer and Katherine had been dating for a long time, hence her mentioning marriage. When Katherine gets back from her skiing accident and Jack is visiting, he asks, "Where are the glasses?" as if he had never seen her apartment before. See more »

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Jack Trainer: You're the first woman I've seen at one of these things that dresses like a woman, not like a woman thinks a man would dress if he was a woman.
Tess McGill: Thank you I guess.
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Referenced in Kate & Allie: Working Women (1988) See more »

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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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Career Women with Big Ideas and Even Bigger Hair
27 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pure fantasy served up by Mike Nichols, but a vastly entertaining one.

Melanie Griffith is the secretary with massive hair who pretends to be a corporate business woman when her boss is layed up with a broken leg. The catch is, she finds out she's pretty good at it, and things get complicated when she ends up spearheading a business deal and falling in love with her key partner (Harrison Ford), all the while trying to keep what she's doing from her boss (Sigourney Weaver). It's the kind of movie that could just as easily have been made as a screwball comedy in the 1940s, perhaps with Barbara Stanwyck in the lead role.

The film is a classic in its own small way, one of the best comedies to emerge from the 1980s. Griffith is matched well with her role, so her limitations as an actress don't draw too much attention to themselves. But it's Weaver who steals the show as Griffith's imperious boss. She's a riot as a confident and powerful career woman from hell. And Joan Cusack steals a few scenes of her own as Griffith's best friend and fellow secretary, who sports hair as big as Griffith's and a Joisy accent to boot.

Nichols knows how to direct a comedy so that the funny bits speak for themselves.

Grade: A


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