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Working Girl -- Street-smart Staten Island secretary Tess McGill is determined to use her brains and talent to pull herself out of the secretarial pool and into the upper echelons of New York's brokerage industry.
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' job.
Working Girl -- Clip: Closed Meeting
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 -- Clip: One Drink


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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' job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Career Women with Big Ideas and Even Bigger Hair See more (120 total) »


  (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)

Elisa London ... 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
Location Management
Richard Baratta .... location manager
Nicholas Bernstein .... location assistant
Ken Gerber .... location assistant
Amy Herman .... location assistant
Pamela Thur .... location assistant
Linda Marshall-Smith .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
James Flatto .... assistant music editor
Rob Mounsey .... music scorer
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
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)
Jerry Caron .... production assistant (as Gerry Caron)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Hannah Green .... production 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
Libby Titus .... production assistant
Gilbert S. Williams .... production assistant (as Gil Williams)
Joyce P. Fields .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ari Taub .... assistant locations (uncredited)
Tom Tumminello .... parking coordinator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | 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?

An original trailer featured a scene and dialogue not used in the film. It features Tess and her friend Cyn preparing for Cyn's wedding and talking about Tess's relationship with Jack.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Tess McGill:I am not steak. You can't just order me.See more »
Poor ButterflySee more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Career Women with Big Ideas and Even Bigger Hair, 27 July 2008
Author: evanston_dad from United States

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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