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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jack and Tess are in the negotiations between Ambrister and Trask, Jack comments "we're all waiting to see what color smoke comes out of the chimney." It's a reference about the election of a new pope in the Vatican of Rome: to chose new pope. The ballots are burned after each vote and the smoke is visible to the public outside. If a pope is not selected, straw is mixed with the ballots to make black smoke. If a pope is elected, the ballots are burned alone yielding white smoke. See more »


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 »


Alice Baxter: Uhm, Ms. McGill?
Tess McGill: Yes.
Alice Baxter: [pointing to private office] That's your desk... in there...
Tess McGill: I don't think so.
Alice Baxter: Oh, yes.
Tess McGill: Sorry, I thought the secretary would sit out here...
Alice Baxter: That's right, I'm the secretary. If you don't mind, I'd prefer assistant.
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Referenced in The Ten (2007) See more »


The Lady in Red
Written and Performed by Chris De Burgh (as Chris DeBurgh)
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Come run with me now the sky is the colour of blue you've never even seen in the eyes of your mother
27 January 2000 | by (dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

That's a a line from the title song, New Jerusalem. One of the best bits of the movie. This is just such a happy, inspiring movie that you have to like it. Harrison Ford is brilliant (when is he not?) and you really feel sorry for Melanie Griffith. The characters are easy to understand. Not the most intellectual film ever but so what. It's fun and a great script.

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