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Strictly Business -- A hilarious film about a successful "buppie" investment broker who risks his career, fiancé and possessions when he becomes infatuated with a beautiful club promoter.
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Writers:
Pam Gibson (written by) and
Nelson George (written by)
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Release Date:
8 November 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about a kid who goes from the mailroom to the boardroom by improving relations between a mover & a shaker.
Plot:
Fun-loving Bobby is a mail boy in a big firm, but he has a trump card, his best friend Waymon, a "white"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Typical but still great See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tommy Davidson ... Bobby

Joseph C. Phillips ... Waymon

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Diedre (as Anne Marie Johnson)

David Marshall Grant ... David

Jon Cypher ... Drake

Samuel L. Jackson ... Monroe (as Sam Jackson)

Halle Berry ... Natalie

Kim Coles ... Millicent
Paul Butler ... Leroy Halloran

James McDaniel ... Roland Halloran

Paul Provenza ... Larry

Annie Golden ... Sheila

Sam Rockwell ... Gary
Ira Wheeler ... Mr. Atwell
Sarah Stavrou ... Karen
Ellis Williams ... Teddy Halloran

Joe Torry ... Darryl

Susan Haskell ... Donna
Marita Stavrou ... Woman at Subway
Ivelka Reyes ... Sondra
Glenn Kubota ... Mr. Kagawa
Edmund Ikeda ... Mr. Utamaro

Novella Nelson ... Olivia
Trula Hoosier Marcus ... Young Mother

Victor Slezak ... Maitre D'

Mansoor Najee-ullah ... Homeless Man
Greg Mays ... Kyle (as Greg Mays 'Nice')
Darryl Barnes ... Tyrone (as Daryl Barnes 'Smooth')
David 'Redhead' Guppy ... Donavan
Lyndah McCaskill ... Uptown Girl No. 1

Michele Morgan ... Uptown Girl No. 2

Denis Leary ... Jake
Angelo Dimascio ... Kilimanjaro Doorman (as Angelo DiMascio)

Kevin Hooks ... Married Man

Isaiah Washington ... Hustler
Margaret Crossby ... Young Girl at Bar (as Margaret Crosby)

Ellen Cleghorne ... Cocktail Waitress (as G. Ellen Cleghorne)
Jerome Preston Bates ... Security Guard
Geraldo Alverio ... Man at Cocktail Party
Eugene Key ... Waiter
Robin Hamon ... Flower Lady
Jodeci ... Band at Lola's
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Finnerty ... Bartender (uncredited)

Mike Hayes ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

Damon Pooser ... Tailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Hooks 
Rolando Hudson (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Pam Gibson (written by) and
Nelson George (written by)

Produced by
Mark Burg .... executive producer
Nelson George .... associate producer
Pam Gibson .... producer
Andre Harrell .... producer
David R. Kappes .... co-producer (as David Kappes)
Chris Zarpas .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
 
Cinematography by
Zoltán David (director of photography) (as Zoltan David)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Nord 
 
Casting by
Brian Chavanne 
Julie Mossberg 
 
Production Design by
Ruth Ammon 
 
Art Direction by
Rowena Rowling 
 
Set Decoration by
Sonja Roth 
 
Costume Design by
Beulah Jones-Black 
 
Makeup Department
Clifford Booker .... hair designer (as Clifford R. Booker)
Toy Van Lierop .... makeup designer (as Toy Russell-Van Lierop)
 
Production Management
Dan Genetti .... post-production supervisor
Victoria Westhead .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marlene Arvan .... assistant director: second unit
Vicki Cherkas .... dga trainee
David R. Kappes .... second unit director (as David Kappes)
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
Gina Randazzo .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
James R. Bilz .... property master
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Peter Gelfman .... leadman
Howard Goldstein .... set dresser
John Grimolizzi .... key set builder
Tim Hunter .... scenic (as Timothy Hunter)
Bernard Jackson .... scenic
Ronald Keyson .... scenic
Michael Leather .... set dresser
Elizabeth Linn .... charge person
David Pressman .... art consultant (as David K. Pressman)
Jean Roman Seyfried .... scenic (as Jean Seyfriend)
Kerry Weeks .... third prop
Anne Wenniger .... prop assistant
 
Sound Department
Charlie Ajar Jr. .... dubbing recordist (as Charles Ajar)
Rick Bozeat .... sound editor
Michael C. Casper .... supervising re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Rick Field .... boom operator
Karyn Foster .... assistant sound editor
Larry Hoff .... sound mixer (as Lawrence Hoff)
David Jansen .... assistant sound editor
Drake Jenevein .... assistant sound editor (as Drake Jenevin)
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Susan Kurtz .... sound editor
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound effects re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer (as Thomas Nelson)
Carin Rogers .... sound editor
Karin Roulo .... foley mixer
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor (as Jeff Sandler)
Pat Somerset .... adr editor
Gail Steele .... foley artist
Mike Szakmeister .... sound editor (as Mike Szackmeister)
 
Stunts
Edgard Mourino .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Burrell .... grip
Joe DeSalvo .... Steadicam operator
Craig DiBona .... Steadicam operator
Edwin Effrein .... second assistant camera (as Eddie Effrein)
Richard Guinness Jr. .... dolly grip (as Richard Guinness)
Jenny Kane .... electrician
Jeremy Knaster .... best boy
Todd MacNicholl .... key grip
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
William Moore .... electrician
Douglas Pellegrino .... first assistant camera (as Doug Pellegrino)
Peter Reniers .... director of photography: second unit
Kurt Rimmel .... dolly grip
Leslie Saltus .... camera loader
John Sosenko .... camera operator
John Sosenko .... director of photography: second unit
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Derrick Tseng .... electrician
Marcus Turner .... grip
Paul Volo .... best boy
Scott Williams .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Susan Dalla Betta .... casting: Los Angeles
Kimberly Hardin .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Kim Hardin)
Timothy McDowell .... assistant extras casting (as Tim McDowell)
Jessica Rosenblum .... club extra casting
Marnie Waxman .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer L. Bryan .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jennifer Bryan)
Roberta Christy .... wardrobe assistant
Alexander White .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
David Bryden .... color timer (as Dave Bryden)
Sara Corrigan .... apprentice editor
Joseph Gutowski .... assistant editor (as Joe Gutowski)
Stephanie Mitchell .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Eloise Bryan .... music coordinator
Eloise Bryan .... soundtrack coordinator
Tom Gerard .... music re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
Jason Nord .... music editor
Lise Richardson .... music editor
Gail Steele .... music editor
Richard Wolf .... composer: opening title
 
Transportation Department
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain (as Stephen R. Hammond)
Tom Heilig .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Emilio Austin .... choreographer (as Emilio 'Stretch' Austin)
Jane Barrer .... production liaison
Dominique Bruballa .... production accountant
Phillipa Davis .... assistant production office coordinator (as Phillipa D. Davis)
William 'Telly' Davis .... security officer (as Telly Davis)
Christine Dolce .... assistant to executive producer
Joe Facey .... production aide
Anita Gibson .... production aide
Darien Jackson .... assistant to executive producer
Matt Janes .... production liaison
Lisa Jenks .... jeweller
Joe Kelly .... production aide
Tracey Kemble .... production aide
David Lane .... production aide
Sandy Livingston .... unit publicist: GS Marketing Entertainment
Natalie Macklin .... production aide
P. Anne Mandel .... production aide
Kenneth Matthews .... assistant to producers
Larniece Matthews .... assistant craft service
Robert Lee Morris .... jeweller
Anne Nevin .... production office coordinator
Hernan Otaño .... craft service (as Michael Otano)
Schavaria Reeves .... production aide
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production aide (as Dawn Riley)
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan .... script supervisor
Carla M. Schorr .... assistant accountant
Tim Tyler .... parking coordinator
Michael Ventresco .... title designer: main titles
William G. Wheeler Jr. .... production aide (as William G. Wheeler)
Jeff Woodton .... production aide
Elizabeth Zagrany .... assistant accountant (as Beth Zagrany)
Katie Zarpas .... production aide
 
Thanks
Irving Azoff .... special thanks
Russell Simmons .... special thanks: Rush Communications
 
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Brazil:87 min | USA:83 min
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Bobby Johnson:You know what, G? You are straight-up whiter than the *whitest* white man!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Baby on Board (1992)See more »
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Let's FlySee more »

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Typical but still great, 27 June 2013
Author: breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-com from United States

I'm not sure if it's because people don't like popular actors' earlier works or if it's just because the movie was released in 1991, which is considered to be old now, but viewers have the tendency to find lesser value in these kinds of films. Yet, there are various actors here that should help make the viewer at least give it a watch for curiosity. Seriously, Samuel L. Jackson, the guy who played Nick Fury from The Avengers (2012) and Mace Windu from the three Star Wars prequels is in this movie acting as a balding grumpy boss at a business firm! It's quite comical to see him in this kind of role.

The premise is very basic, a businessman finds the girl of his dreams but can't find a way to meet her. Luckily, he has a friend who can get him inside the world she lives in so he can finally be happy. The businessman who only knows how to be a "business man" and nothing else is Waymon (Joseph C. Phillips). Waymon is the best portrayal of how backward someone's life can be depending on how they're brought up. To show this, Phillips makes Waymon look like a stiff, a guy who can't adapt to something different or new; a book worm. That's very relateable because a lot of people are like that when it comes to trying new things and breaking their comfort shell.

The person who will introduce Waymon to this change is Bobby (Tommy Davidson) who apparently lives in Harlem; in other words, his type of demeanor is quite the opposite of Waymon. This is what makes various scenes funny because of how Bobby acts with his co-workers and Waymon. The girl that Waymon wants to get to know is Natalie, played the ever so popular Halle Berry. May I mention that this is only her second theatrical release where she actually plays a more significant role? But even here, she puts in a nice performance, although it could be said that she's just here for eye-candy (which should be a reason to watch this I would think). The rest of the cast also does a good job in doing their part, so no complaints here.

Pam Gibson and Nelson George who did the writing have a decent script here as well. I am surprised to how many times the "N" word was spoken; yet I feel now that if it were left out, it would not have felt as authentic. The subplots are also rather typical but it's forgivable because how much charm the main actors give their characters. There are several genuinely funny scenes in this movie as well. Most of these scenes are the exchanges between Waymon and Bobby when Natalie is around.

However, the one thing I found a little unrealistic is how certain characters had connections to important people. I mean, I know it's possible but both characters have to have some kind of status on the corporate latter, not just one, unless it is one of those rare cases. So I was a little confused on how they met. No explanation was given, that could have at least been explained. Lastly, the musical score provided by Michel Colombier didn't have a main theme but it did carry a consistent tone, which pleased me. A lot of the music played carries culture and continually sounds upbeat and energetic. That always helps a movie, especially if its genre is romance/comedy. It's all around a solid movie.

Not only does it contain performances from actors in their earlier days but it also has a good story to go along with it. The character portrayals are also well scripted.

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