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Men at Work (1990)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  24 August 1990 (USA)
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Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As ... See full summary »

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Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As she leaves he shoots the man with a pellet gun. Hiding, he and James miss two men strangling the man and leaving with the body. When he appears in a can on their route they are afraid and hide the body, fearing that they may be implicated in the death. Trying to crack the case, they spy on the woman, join up with a slightly to majorly crazed Vietnam vet, kidnap a pizza man and help to protect the ecology. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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$16,247,964 (USA)
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The screenplay for this movie was mentioned in the same June 1985 "New York Magazine" article about Emilio Estevez and his then-frequent costars that coined the term "The Brat Pack" for that group of actors. At that time, the screenplay's title was "Clear Intent." See more »

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When Jeff and Mike - bike cops - leave the first time, both use the correct hand signal to turn left, but neither stop at the stop sign. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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PUMP UP THE JAM
Performed by Technotronic (as Technotronics)
Written by Thomas De Quincey and Manuela Kamosi (as Manuella Kamosi)
Publisher ColGems/EMI Music Publishing, Inc.
Courtesy of SBK Records
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Local sanitations workers find body of local politician, mayhem ensues.
16 August 2004 | by (Lewiston, Id) – See all my reviews

In his directorial debut, Estevez directs self and brother Charlie Sheen in a small budget comedy about two garbage men (sanitary technicians) who come along the dead body of a local politician on their route. Mayhem follows them as they try to find the killer on their own instead of going to the police, who are looking to bust our two unsuspecting heroes. Estevez does a good job for a beginning director and doesn't try to overdo it. Sheen and Estevez are good, not great, together as they were in 'Young Guns'. Keith David is the solid part of the movie, his portrayal as the 'ex-military' Viet Nam Veteran, asked to baby sit garbage men carries the movie with his unpredictable cop hating nature. Leslie Hope is very nice to look at and give credit to Estevez, makes her character a strong one, not a helpless female as women once were portrayed in movies. Movie has given me much enjoyment over the years as my children enjoyed playing garbage men around the house in their younger days.


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