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Taking Care of Business (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  17 August 1990 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loryn Locklin ...
Stephen Elliott ...
Walter Bentley
Mr. Sakamoto
Ted Bradford Jr.
Thom Sharp ...
Mike Steward
J.B., Prisoner making demands
LeBradford Brown (as J.J.)
Andre Rosey Brown ...
Heavy G
Terrence E. McNally ...


Jimmy Dworski 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 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 <>

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Jimmy Dworski Finally Got a Life... Somebody Else's! See more »




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Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filofax  »

Box Office


$20,005,435 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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First film written by J.J. Abrams. See more »


Scene with Sakamoto and Connors at restaurant meeting. Connors takes cigarette out of case before Sakamoto walks in. When she gets up to greet Sakamoto and then sits back down, she reaches for another cigarette. Then after they cut back to her, she already has it lit. But you never hear her lighter click. See more »


Jimmy Dworski: It's the Cubs in the World Series - it's a dream of mine, sir.
Warden Toolman: I know, I know,I know, I know, all right. I am not gonna stand in the way of anybody's dream, Jimmy. I'll tell you what:
Jimmy Dworski: What?
Warden Toolman: If I sink this put, you can go. What do you think of that? Hmmm?
Jimmy Dworski: I think you should keep your head down, arms straight, drop your shoulder, concentrate, focus, think of the hole, GET the ball in the hole!
Warden Toolman: Smell the hot dogs now, Jimmy. The crack of the bat; the roar of the crowd; you can order your tickets ...
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Referenced in Heart and Souls (1993) See more »


Takin' Care Of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products
A Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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The lot of a younger brother.
17 May 1999 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

This is a nice, light comedy that floats along to the end so fast that you do not even notice it.

Grodin turns in another winning performance as the up-tight advertising executive that has his life taken over by an escaped convict, Belushi, who only escaped to watch the big baseball match which he has won tickets for, when he finds his Filofax at the airport.

What follows is some wonderful scenes as Belushi lives it up in the lap of luxury and does Grodin's job for him as he tries desperately to catch up with him.

Belushi is best as he tries to break back into jail so he can be legally released less than twelve hours later. Throughout this movie Belushi proves what a star he could have if he had arrived on the scene independent of everyone else, and without being over-shadowed by his self-destructive big brother.

Nevertheless, a very basic, but still highly enjoyable comedy.

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