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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Derns
Kris Bolin
Roger Jasser
Jack Hartsell
Brad Montroe
Colleen Flynn ...
Sara Meinhold
Charlene Towne
Dr. Feldman
Sharon Derns
Daniel C. Swanson ...
Nathan Derns
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Marla Higgins (as Demene E. Hall)


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ambición fatal  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$6,419,876 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Peter Derns: Where'd she get the picture?
Rosemary: It came with the frame. She bought a set-five for $9.99 from Thrifty's.
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Where's my coffee?
10 March 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

THE TEMP is one of those glossy 90s office thrillers that you can watch with one eye closed, walk away from it for a few minutes, come back to it and not miss a thing. Michael Douglas made one of these as well, 1994's DISCLOSURE. Lara Flynn Boyle, the main reason for watching this, plays a nutjob temp who fills in for corporate exec Tim Hutton's regular secretary. Pretty soon, his in-office competitors and acquaintances are dropping like flies, and the very existence of the company is threatened -- all thanks to the evil machinations of the delectable and obsessed Ms. Boyle, who is lots of fun to watch as she slithers about and whispers dire warnings in her boss' ear. Hutton perhaps plays his part a little too straight, but old-timer Faye Dunaway as the beleaguered company head tears up the scenery in every one of her too-few scenes. Dunaway at least knows when she's working a turkey jerky. Try watching Boyle and not think of her in WAYNE'S WORLD, by the way. She played a similar nutjob in that comedy classic.

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