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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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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?


At the end of the film, when Jack shows Tess the lunchbox that he purchased for her, he includes "milk money." In 1994, Melanie Griffith starred as V in the movie Milk Money (1994). See more »


When Tess walks into to quit her job with Lutz, she is wearing all black. While storming out on him in the next shot, she is wearing blue. See more »


Tess McGill: I am not steak. You can't just order me.
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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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