MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,064 this week

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 3,502 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 34 critic

Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 16 Oct 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 05 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 14 Jul 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How to Get Ahead in Advertising.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen
Withnail & I (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

London 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths
Zelig (1983)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This comedy / drama film follows the sexual exploits of teenager Jamie McGregor and the permissive society of the 60's.

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Barry Evans, Judy Geeson, Angela Scoular
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »

Director: Joseph B. Vasquez
Stars: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo
Static (1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Romanek
Stars: Keith Gordon, Amanda Plummer, Bob Gunton
Winter Flight (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young RAF serviceman and a local waitress fall for each other, but Falklands War looms in the background.

Director: Roy Battersby
Stars: Reece Dinsdale, Nicola Cowper, Gary Olsen
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At first, Dr. Sidney Schaefer feels honored and thrilled to be offered the job of the President's Analyst. But then the stress of the job and the paranoid spies that come with a sensitive ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore J. Flicker
Stars: James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden
No Such Thing (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

"No Such Thing" tells the story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancée only to encounter a mythical creature. She eventually forges a relationship with the being.

Director: Hal Hartley
Stars: Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Helen Mirren
Delicatessen (1991)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech
Beetlejuice (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Liar Liar (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fast track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Denis Dimbleby Bagley
...
Julia Bagley
...
John Bristol
Jacqueline Tong ...
Penny Wheelstock
...
Psychiatrist
Susan Wooldridge ...
Monica
Hugh Armstrong ...
Harry Wax
Mick Ford ...
Richard
Jacqueline Pearce ...
Maud
...
Waiter
Gino Melvazzi ...
Waiter
Victor Lucas ...
Tweedy Man
Dawn Keeler ...
Tweedy Woman
Kerryann White ...
Girl in Elevator
Vivienne McKone ...
Sullivan Bristol Receptionist
Edit

Storyline

Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his relationship with his wife, his friends and his boss, but also his own body - graphically demonstrated when he grows a large stress-related boil on his shoulder. But when the boil grows eyes and a mouth and starts talking, Bagley really begins to think he's lost his mind. But has he? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Career Where Two Heads Are Better Than One

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1990 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Come fare carriera nella pubblicità  »

Box Office

Gross:

$418,053 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The classic Aston Martin seen in the Bagleys' garage belonged to writer/director Bruce Robinson. A 1961 DB4 Convertible of which only 70 were made, he owned it for 30 years and it was auctioned off in 2008. See more »

Goofs

After Bagley has lunch with his wife, she drops him back at the advertising firm's office building, but it is a different building to the one used for the interior scenes, which is the tall red building several hundred yards up the street (visible in the crane shot of their car pulling up), right next to the Lambeth bridge, as we can see from the window view in the scenes in Bagley's and Bristol's offices. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Let me try and clarify some of this for you. Best Company Supermarkets are not interested in selling wholesome foods. They are not worried about the nation's health. What is concerning them, is that the nation appears to be getting worried about its health, and that is what's worrying Best Co., because Best Co. wants to go on selling them what it always has, i.e. white breads, baked beans, canned foods, and that suppurating, fat squirting little heart attack traditionally known as ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Melrose Place: My New Partner (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

MY GENERATION
Composed by Pete Townshend
Performed by Joanna Mays
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Awesome premise, writing, and acting; good direction

This is a severely underrated film. Richard Grant's more-than-capable slimeball antics are put to a very worthy test in this bitter little polemic about consumerism. It's very British, and very 80's, but its message is still as universal as ever, and the execution is wickedly original, affecting, and cough-out-loud funny.

The only negative point about the movie is the occasionally lax direction towards the end, but that's just a quibble.

Overall, this is definitely very cool, and highly recommended to fans of Withnail and I, Network, and Fight Club who want something nice and bitter at the end of the day.

This would make an awesome play...


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How did everyone discover this film? justsomerandomirrelevantweirdo
Does anyone else see the hypocisy?! ozkit2003
UK Region 2 DVD????? Stephen_Work
CZT beserker68
Better than porn???? jgoldman77
The Closing Speech Music manofasia
Discuss How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?