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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 <>

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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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretaria ejecutiva  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)


$64,000,000 (USA)

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The Petty Marsh (where Melanie and Sigourney worked) lobby scenes were filmed in the lobby of 7 World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001. See more »


In the opening shot, the Staten Island Ferry is clearly the "Gov. Herbert H. Lehman". When Tess and Cyn disembark from the same Ferry at the South Ferry Terminal it shows them getting off a different Staten Island Ferry, "The American Legion". See more »


Jack Trainer: Oren Trask? The man who said, "What if we sliced the bread before we sold it?"
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »


Isn't It Romantic
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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One of my favorite comedies is sweet and funny.
7 November 1999 | by (sonoma county, ca) – See all my reviews

How can you go wrong with this delightful comedy? Besides having a great cast headed by Melanie Griffith, there's Harrison Ford (in one of the rare romantic comedies that suits his talents), Sigourney Weaver and wonderful Joan Cusack. And Olympia Dukakis, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey are in it too (don't blink)! A great musical score and Oscar winning song by Carly Simon, all directed by Mike Nichols, I give this two thumbs up, and a 10!

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