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Peter Derns
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Roger Jasser
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Lance
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Dr. Feldman
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Sharon Derns
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Rosemary
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Nathan Derns
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Marla Higgins
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Larry
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A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good to be true, doing tasks at a fast pace and doing quite a bit of creative work for the project. The executive starts noticing that all the obstacles to his climb up the corporate ladder are disappearing, including the death of some of his rivals. When his regular admin returns to work, his temp, who has made it clear that she wishes to stay with him, begins her own accelerated climb up the ladder, and he begins wondering if she was responsible for the removal of the obstacles. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Don't get mad. Get promoted.

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Rated R for language and scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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12 February 1993 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,419,876 (USA)
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The role played by Faye Dunaway was first offered to Diane Ladd: Dunaway and Ladd had both appeared in the film Chinatown (1974) in which Ladd's character impersonates Dunaway's. Dunaway was given the role as she was agreeable to a lesser fee than that asked by Ladd and also did not wish the star billing which Ladd did. See more »

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Though the movie takes place in Portland, Oregon, one of the characters is listening to a Seattle radio station, which would not be available in Portland. See more »

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Charlene Towne: [gasping] The picture! The picture!
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Referenced in The Secretary (1995) See more »

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Standard, watchable thriller.
29 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

A standardized psychological thriller, in the "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" mold; we have yet another female character that seduces the men with her attractiveness and at first appears to be incredibly genial and helpful, but gradually turns into a possessive, obsessive person, ready to try anything to achieve her goals. The film is overly predictable and long but fairly entertaining. Lara Flynn Boyle is not quite up to the level we'd like her to be, but Timothy Hutton is an effortlessly likable actor, easy to identify with. (**)


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