33 user 38 critic

How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

1:51 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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 »






Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Withnail & I (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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 ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A big-city cop from L.A. 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
Mona Lisa (1986)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

George has just been released from prison, and manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer. Initially they don't get on; he doesn't fit in with the high class customers Simone services. Will they ever get on?

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine
Box Elder (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Box elder bugs are loud, scary looking, and dependent on group swarming. Yet, they're also completely harmless and extremely passive aggressive. Using this metaphor to address a generation ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Sklar
Stars: Hina Abdullah, Kyle Ayers, Andy Cohen
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Melanie enjoys flirting and having little affairs. Her husband Victor seems to bear her antics with utmost calm and nonchalance. This impression turns out to be wrong, very wrong indeed.

Director: Michel Deville
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Sandrine Kljajic
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman
Awful Nice (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When Jim - a disenchanted yet highly popular college professor - learns of his father's death, he must track down his deadbeat brother Dave and deliver him to the funeral. Upon arrival, ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Sklar
Stars: Zahn McClarnon, Christopher Meloni, Laura Ramsey
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Directors: Evan Bernard, Adam Bernstein, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mike D
Rogue Trader (1999)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Nick Leeson, an ambitious investment broker who singlehandedly bankrupted one of the oldest and most important banks in Britain.

Director: James Dearden
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel, Yves Beneyton
Startup.com (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim
Stars: Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Tom Herman, Kenneth Austin
Withnail and Us (TV Short 2001)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Yvonne Gordon
Stars: James Brown, Ralph Brown, Adam Buxton
Foodshow (TV Movie 2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Todd Sklar
Stars: Chris Nester, Alex Rennie


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


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


The Career Where Two Heads Are Better Than One


Comedy | Fantasy


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

29 March 1990 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Come fare carriera nella pubblicità  »

Box Office


$418,053 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Hugh Armstong is dubbed by Nicky Henson. See more »


During the anniversary party, the strap on Julia's dress changes shoulders for one scene. When the dress is on the opposite shoulder, it looks a different colour as well. See more »


[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 »


Words by Otto A. Harbach
Music by Jerome Kern
Performed by Joanna Mays
Used by permission of Chappell Music Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Deep, dark truthful mirror
20 January 2003 | by (Rugby, England) – See all my reviews

Its a brave, scathingly funny film that might be an acquired taste. This one definitely needs a memorable quotes section!! For a film made so long ago, its quite an accurate and eerie depiction of what the PR industry has mutated into...

4 of 7 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
Did the boil have a name? llbrokenmindedll
CZT beserker68
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: