6.4/10
6,217
22 user 11 critic

Taking Care of Business (1990)

R | | Comedy | 17 August 1990 (USA)
An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.

Director:

Writers:

, (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Reviews
Popularity
4,778 ( 155)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mr. Destiny (1990)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could've been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.

Director: James Orr
Stars: Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine
The Principal (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Jim Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong
K-9 (1989)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

Director: Rod Daniel
Stars: Jim Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe
K-911 (Video 1999)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Mike Dooley has been teamed up with Jerry Lee, a German Shepherd dog, for nearly ten years, but Jerry Lee isn't as young as he once was, and Dooley's superiors suggest that maybe it's time ... See full summary »

Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Stars: Jim Belushi, Christine Tucci, James Handy
Real Men (1987)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A womanizing CIA agent and an insecure insurance agent are paired together to make sure a deal goes through with aliens for the future of mankind.

Director: Dennis Feldman
Stars: Jim Belushi, John Ritter, Barbara Barrie
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two unassuming drug dealers have a very long day when they accidentally kill a local gangster which starts a domino effect of hilarious accidents, suicides and murders.

Director: Simon Pearce
Stars: Tony Cook, Richard Goss, Danielle Meehan
Traces of Red (1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Jack, a Palm Beach detective, becomes involved in a case of multiple murders. All the women can be linked to Jack in some way. Jack and his partner have no leads, but numerous suspects. The... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wolk
Stars: Jim Belushi, Lorraine Bracco, Tony Goldwyn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Henry is a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything. If that weren't enough, Henry also has to recover his speech and mobility, in a life he no longer fits ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Michael Haley
Royce (TV Movie 1994)
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Royce is a member of the ultra-secret service "Black Hole", working for the US Government on top-secret missions. When the senator responsible for forming Black Hole disbands the ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Holcomb
Stars: Jim Belushi, Miguel Ferrer, Peter Boyle
K-9: P.I. (Video 2002)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Having spent many years in the police force, Detective Dooley, finally retiring. Although his colleagues organized an unforgettable farewell party, he was not particularly happy free time ... See full summary »

Director: Richard J. Lewis
Stars: Jim Belushi, Gary Basaraba, Kim Huffman
Made Men (1999)
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While working for the mob, Bill "The Mouth" Mannuci, stole $12 million dollars from them and turned over information to the FBI about the man he stole the money from, the mysterious "... See full summary »

Director: Louis Morneau
Stars: Jim Belushi, Michael Beach, Timothy Dalton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jimmy (as James Belushi)
...
...
...
Stephen Elliott ...
Walter
...
...
...
Sakamoto
...
...
Ted
...
Mike
...
J.B.
...
LeBradford (as J.J.)
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Heavy G
Terrence E. McNally ...
Hamilton
Edit

Storyline

Jimmy Dworski(Jim Belushi) is a criminal serving the last 48 hours of a jail sentence. He wins a couple of baseball tickets by calling a radio quiz show. With help of other inmates, he escapes to go watch the game. When by chance he finds the Filofax of executive Spencer Barns(Charles Grodin) who loses it while traveling on a business weekend. Jimmy finds cash, credit cards and the key to a big mansion. He jumps on the opportunity and starts posing as Barns. While the real Barnes is trying to find his Filofax he gets in all sorts of trouble. How will things turn out when the two finally meet? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You are who you pretend to be. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filofax  »

Box Office

Gross:

$20,005,435 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Chicago Cubs, the team playing in the World Series in the film had been in the National League playoffs after filming began on this film. They had lost to the San Francisco Giants in 6 games and they would not return to the World Series until 2016 when they finally won after 108 years. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy and Spencer do the Batman slide down the cable at the ballpark, you can see Jimmy hanging from the hidden safety cable after Spencer drops to the ground at the end of their slide. See more »

Quotes

Walter Bentley: [from his hospital bed with tubes in him] Spencer! You look awful!
Jimmy Dworski: [whispering to Spencer Barnes] Like he looks great.
See more »

Connections

References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Takin' Care Of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products
A Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What a great comedy, a classic!
7 August 2001 | by (Sheffield, England) – See all my reviews

I fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it, although the script is not brilliant the cast made a great effort and made it very convincing, James Belushi plays nice guy convict Jimmy Dworfski as he plans to escape prison for the weekend to see the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, getting his fellow in-mates to cover it up. While out he finds business executive Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin) filofax and takes over his life. Belushi & Grodin are great together in this feel good comedy, as a lover of Baseball I was drawn to this even more, but if you're not you'll still find it just as enjoyable. This is the best James Belushi film I've seen!


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
100 Things you can learn from Taking Care of Business sirleucelot
BEST LINE FROM TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS JustBeenSeen
Great movie! Bruarvatn
Why do they become buddies? bAzTNM
This was on Sky Movies.. bAzTNM
The Malibu Sweatshirt hudaon
Discuss Taking Care of Business (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?