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Working Girl -- 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.
Working Girl -- Bob snorts cocaine and watches porn in the limo with Tess.
Working Girl -- Tess suggests dim sum instead of the same old ordeuvres.
Working Girl -- Tess sits alone in her office as the camera reveals her place in the office building.
Working Girl -- The opening credits over the statue of liberty and Carly Simon's theme song.


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Writer (WGA):
Kevin Wade (written by)
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Release Date:
21 December 1988 (USA) See more »
For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for everyone who's still in there trying.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harrison Ford ... Jack Trainer

Sigourney Weaver ... Katharine Parker

Melanie Griffith ... Tess McGill

Alec Baldwin ... Mick Dugan

Joan Cusack ... Cyn

Philip Bosco ... Oren Trask

Nora Dunn ... Ginny

Oliver Platt ... Lutz
James Lally ... Turkel

Kevin Spacey ... Bob Speck

Robert Easton ... Armbrister

Olympia Dukakis ... Personnel Director

Amy Aquino ... Alice Baxter

Jeffrey Nordling ... Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Doreen DiMucci

Maggie Wagner ... Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Lou DiMaggio ... Tess's Birthday Party Friend

David Duchovny ... Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Georgienne Millen ... Tess's Birthday Party Friend

Caroline Aaron ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Nancy Giles ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Judy Milstein ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Nicole Chevance ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Kathleen Gray ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Jane B. Harris ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Sondra Hollander ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Samantha Shane ... Petty Marsh Secretary

Julia Silverman ... Petty Marsh Secretary
Jim Babchak ... Jr. Executive

Zach Grenier ... Jim

Ralph Byers ... Dewey Stone Reception Guest
Leslie Ayvazian ... Dewey Stone Reception Guest
Steve Cody ... Cab Driver
Paige Matthews ... Dewey Stone Receptionist
Lee Dalton ... John Romano

Barbara Garrick ... Phyllis Trask
Madolin B. Archer ... Barbara Trask
Etain O'Malley ... Hostess at Wedding

Ricki Lake ... Bridesmaid

Marceline Hugot ... Bitsy (as Marceline A. Hugot)
Tom Rooney ... Bridegroom
Peter Duchin ... Trask Wedding Orchestra
Maeve McGuire ... Trask Secretary
Timothy Carhart ... Tim Draper (as Tim Carhart)
Lloyd Lindsay Young ... TV Weatherman

F.X. Vitolo ... Bartender
Lily Froehlich ... Clerk at Dry Cleaner's
Michael Haley ... Heliport Attendant (as R.M. Haley)
Mario T. DeFelice Jr. ... Helicopter Pilot
Anthony Mancini Jr. ... Helicopter Pilot

Suzanne Shepherd ... Trask Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew Bennett ... Rhumba Guy (uncredited)
George G. Colucci ... Staten Island Ferry Commutor (uncredited)

Trish Cook ... Staten Island Secretary (uncredited)

Priscilla Cory ... Pretty Brunette Office Girl (uncredited)
Marilyn Dobrin ... Cyn's Aunt (uncredited)
Kevin Fennessy ... Trask Executive (uncredited)

Anita Finlay ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Tom Sean Foley ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Dhonna Harris Goodale ... Secretary (uncredited)
Dean Regan ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Karen Starr ... Secretary (uncredited)

Alison Wachtler ... Petty Marshall Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Kevin Wade (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... executive producer
Laurence Mark .... executive producer
Douglas Wick .... producer
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Art Direction by
Doug Kraner 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr.  (as George DeTitta)
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist (as Joe Campayno)
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Todd Arnow .... production supervisor
Timothy M. Bourne .... assistant unit production manager
Robert Greenhut .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... first assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Daniel M. Stillman .... additional second assistant director (as Dan Stillman)
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
Carla Zackson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Tim Galvin .... assistant art director
Daniel K. Grosso .... second set dresser (as Danny Gross)
Ken Kammerer .... assistant property master
James Mazzola .... property master
Tom McDermott .... assistant property master
Arne Olsen .... chief construction grip
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald J. Petagna)
Samara Schaffer .... art department coordinator
Cosmo Sorice .... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser (as David Weinman)
Gerald DeTitta .... set dresser (uncredited)
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Bedard .... cable person (as Mike Bedard)
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Fredericks .... apprentice sound editor
Marshall Grupp .... sound editor
Joseph Gutowski .... assistant sound editor
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Richard King .... assistant sound editor (as Richard Q. King)
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Susan M. Wagner .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Wagner)
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... opticals
Dick Rauh .... opticals
Natasha Buser .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Frank Ferrara .... stunt coordinator
Phil Neilson .... stunts (as Philip G. Neilson)
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Michael C. Russo)
Bronwen Thomas .... stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Mr. Ford (uncredited)
Shawn O'Neil .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
Gary Childs .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy electric
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John DeBlau)
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator (as David Dunlap)
Neil Fallon .... video playback operator
Brian Fitzsimons .... best boy grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera (as Robert Mancuso)
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Steve Wright .... camera trainee
David Satin .... computer/video engineer (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judie Fixler .... additional casting
Ellen Lewis .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Dumais .... wardrobe: men
Gary Jones .... assistant costume designer
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe: women
Mila Vyborny .... wardrobe shopper
Andrea Wallace .... wardrobe shopper
Editorial Department
Kris Cole .... assistant editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Richard Nord .... assistant editor
Music Department
James Flatto .... assistant music editor
Rob Mounsey .... music scorer
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
Carly Simon .... song: music and lyrics by
Transportation Department
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... transportation captain (as Thomas J. O'Donnell Jr.)
Louis Volpe .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Cyd Adams .... production assistant
John Alagna .... titles
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... production assistant (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Richard Baratta .... location manager
Nicholas Bernstein .... location assistant
Jerry Caron .... production assistant (as Gerry Caron)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Ken Gerber .... location assistant
Hannah Green .... production assistant
Amy Herman .... location assistant
Thomas A. Imperato .... production auditor (as Thomas Imperato)
Ingrid Johanson .... production coordinator
Michael Kelem .... gyrosphere aerial operator
Maureen Kleinman .... assistant production coordinator
Susan MacNair .... assistant: Mike Nichols
Brian Mannain .... studio manager
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Jan Nizen .... assistant production auditor
Sabrina Padwa .... assistant: Mike Nichols
Dick Rauh .... title designer
Helen Robin .... assistant: Robert Greenhut
John Saffir .... production assistant
Scott Schaffer .... craft service
Caroline Thompson .... assistant: Douglas Wick
Pamela Thur .... location assistant
Libby Titus .... production assistant
Gilbert S. Williams .... production assistant (as Gil Williams)
Joyce P. Fields .... production assistant (uncredited)
Linda Marshall-Smith .... location assistant (uncredited)
Ari Taub .... assistant locations (uncredited)
Tom Tumminello .... parking coordinator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:15 | USA:R (Certificate N° 29266) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Catherine is getting off of the helicopter, she first is waving from it and the blades are still spinning. Then when Tess goes to help her out of the helicopter the blades have stopped spinning. (There is no way that they would have stopped so fast.)See more »
Jack Trainer:Oren Trask? The man who said, "What if we sliced the bread before we sold it?"See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »
The Man That Got AwaySee more »


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48 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
The best come-uppance story ever!, 14 April 2001
Author: budmassey ( from Indianapolis, IN

You know you've had a boss like this. Someone who stole your ideas, used you to advance their career, and did everything to keep you from getting the credit you deserve. I think of him every time I watch this movie, and although he got his come-uppance, as such people usually do, this one is still more satisfying.

Griffith is a little annoying as the giggly secretary with ambition, but it works. Weaver is the greatest comedic villain since Cruella DeVil. You know she's going to fall, and she does in more ways than one. While she's mending broken bones from a ski trip, her secretary finds a memo capitalizing on her idea the boss had pooh-poohed as a "secretary's notion."

In her boss's absence, Tess (Griffith) uses her boss's name, her office, her home, even her clothes, to break into the rarefied New York mergers and acquisitions world. She even falls for the boss's boyfriend.

Alas, the boss is a fast healer and comes home early. She finds an entry in her secretary's day planner, and it hits the fan.

It's hard to believe this gem was written by the same writer who inflicted Meet Joe Black on us, but we can forgive him. Harrison Ford is at the top of his game as the boyfriend, but Joan Cusack almost walks away with this one, as usual. Joan is the best comedic supporting actress around.

Weaver has one of the the greatest one-liners of all time. When asked if she's sure her boyfriend will propose, she says "We're in the same city now. I've indicated I'm receptive to an offer. I've cleared the month of June. And I am, after all, me."

The go-go 80's may be long gone, along with the power suits, the BIG hair, the Perrier, and the bull market, but this hilarious and heartwarming comedy still works without relying on nostalgia or sentiment!

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