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The Temp -- 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.
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Writers (WGA):
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12 February 1993 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Hutton ... Peter Derns

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Kris Bolin

Dwight Schultz ... Roger Jasser

Oliver Platt ... Jack Hartsell

Steven Weber ... Brad Montroe

Colleen Flynn ... Sara Meinhold

Faye Dunaway ... Charlene Towne

Scott Coffey ... Lance

Dakin Matthews ... Dr. Feldman

Maura Tierney ... Sharon Derns

Lin Shaye ... Rosemary
Michael Winters ... Mercer
Daniel C. Swanson ... Nathan Derns
Demene E. Hall ... Marla Higgins

Jesse Vint ... Larry
Gary Rooney ... Bouncer
Bill Johns ... Waiter
Don Alder ... Office Security Guard
Betsy Toll ... Test Lady
Mary Marsh ... Shopper

J.W. Crawford ... Researcher
Billy Koch ... Juice Bartender
Ralph van Hollebeke ... Mr. Henderson
Moultrie Patten ... Wait
William Earl Ray ... Man in Bar

Josh Holland ... Gary
Russ Fast ... Cop
Shanti Kahn ... Redmont Secretary #1
Elizabeth Richard ... Redmont Secretary #2
Ralph Archenhold ... Samaritan
Glenn Mazen ... Minister
Adrian LaTourelle ... Intern
Lars Wanberg ... Lobby Security Guard

Betty Moyer ... Receptionist

Rob LaBelle ... Bill Lives
Kirk Nieland ... Steele
John Raymond Brannen ... 'New' Lobby Security Guard
Mary Starrett ... TV Newscaster
Jim Bosley ... TV Newscaster
Craig Hosking ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Pitman ... Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Holland 
Writing credits
Kevin Falls (story) &
Tom Engelman (story)

Kevin Falls (screenplay)

Produced by
Tom Engelman .... producer
Hawk Koch .... executive producer (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
David Permut .... producer
Original Music by
Frédéric Talgorn 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli 
Film Editing by
Scott Conrad 
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
Elisabeth Leustig 
Jodi Rothfield 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Art Direction by
Gordon W. Clark 
Set Decoration by
Kim MacKenzie  (as Kim MacKenzie Orlando)
Costume Design by
Tom Rand 
Makeup Department
Richard Arias .... additional hair stylist
Kathleen M. Hagan .... additional makeup artist (as Kathleen Hagan)
Lee Harman .... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway
Steve Johnson .... makeup effects creator
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist: Ms. Dunaway (as Paul Leblanc)
Julie Purcell .... makeup artist
Jeffrey Sacino .... hair stylist
Production Management
Edwin 'Itsi' Atkins .... unit production manager (as E.C. 'Itsi' Atkins)
Michael Tadross .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bud Davis .... second unit director
Stephen J. Fisher .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael Green .... first assistant director
Hilbert Hakim .... second assistant director: second unit
Joseph J. Kontra .... second assistant director
Frank Kostenko Jr. .... second assistant director
Jessica Kreps .... dgc trainee
Galen Nishioka .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Aaron M. Albucher .... draftsperson (as Aaron Albucher)
Jay Dee Alley .... production illustrator
Skip Barton .... first carpenter
Charles A. Carlsen .... set dresser
Dirk Clark .... carpenter
Ken Erck .... set painter
Steven E. Eyrse .... head painter
Steven E. Eyrse .... scenic artist
Sean Fong .... set dresser
James O. Fraioli .... storyboard artist
James Fraoli .... production illustrator
Anne Hyvarinen .... production painter
John R. Johnston .... first carpenter (as John Johnston)
James LaBarge .... lead man (as Jim LaBarge)
Lise LaPrelle .... assistant construction coordinator
Kim Larsen-Santini .... assistant property master (as Kim Larsen)
Michael McCombe .... head greensman
Dane Moore .... first carpenter
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator
Mark Peltzer .... property master
Caroline Perzan .... assistant set decorator (as Caroline Persan)
Buster Pile .... construction foreman
Drew Pinniger .... assistant property master
Siobhan Roome .... set designer
Marc Rosenblatt .... painter
Kai Shelton .... carpenter
Jonathan Tessler .... assistant property master
Jose Solis .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... supervising sound editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Richard Burton .... sound editor
Martin Cantwell .... audiofile assistant
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Carpenter)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Christine Danelski .... foley editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Nigel Galt .... audiofile editor
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott D. Jackson .... supevising foley editor
Steve Mann .... sound editor
Chuck Michael .... sound editor
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer (as Thomas Nelson)
Paul O'Bryan .... assistant sound editor
Michele Perrone .... adr editor (as Michelle Perrone)
Kathy Rommerdahl .... sound: second unit
Micah Solomon .... boom operator
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Douglas Tourtelot .... cable person (as Doug Tourtelot)
Suzanne Trucks .... sound utility
Les Wolf .... supervising foley editor
David Wolowic .... assistant sound editor
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Bill Barschdorf .... key technician: XFX Inc.
Rich Birnbaum .... special effects assistant
Ray Brown .... special effects assistant
Norman Cabrera .... makeup effects technician: XFX Inc.
Bill Corso .... key technician: XFX Inc.
Scott Coulter .... makeup effects technician: XFX Inc.
Diane Duncan .... production coordinator: XFX Inc.
Mike Gerzevitz .... special effects technician
Fergus Kinnell .... special effects assistant
Leonard MacDonald .... key technician: XFX Inc.
Robert J. Marino .... key technician: XFX Inc.
Chris Nelson .... special effects technician
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special effects makeup
Michael Perman .... special effects assistant
Casey Pritchett .... special effects assistant
Corey Pritchett .... special effects
Darrell Pritchett .... special effects coordinator
Bob Riggs .... special effects coordinator
Glenn Sabin .... special effects assistant
Robert Simokovic .... special effects assistant
Shaun Smith .... makeup effects technician: XFX Inc.
Robert E. Watson .... makeup effects technician: XFX Inc.
Taylor Scott Yingling .... special effects assistant
Bill Zahn .... makeup effects technician: XFX Inc.
Robert Kato DeStefan .... makeup effects technician: XFX Inc. (uncredited)
Phil Adams .... stunts
Kenny Bates .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Kristi Frankenheimer .... stunts (as Kristi Frankenheimer-Davis)
Kristi Frankenheimer .... utility stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Michael Haynes .... stunts
Al Jones .... stunts (as Alton Leo Jones)
Hannah Kozak .... stunt double: Lara Flynn Boyle
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Patric J. Abaravich .... second unit lighting technician
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... first assistant camera (as Doug Adam)
Stuart Allen .... crane operator: Louma crane
Eric Budlong .... grip
David Butler .... director of photography: additional photography
Michael S. Epley .... dolly grip (as Michael Epley)
Jon Timothy Evans .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as Timothy Evans)
Robert K. Feldmann .... first company grip (as Robert K. Feldman)
Paul D. Fischer .... second company grip
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... electrician
Brian Fuller .... film loader
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant camera
Ron Goodman .... aerial camera operator
Mark 'Sparky' Haleston .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
Douglas S. Kennedy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tim McGilvrey .... chief rigging lighting technician (as Timothy M. McGilvrey)
Michael D. O'Shea .... director of photography: Berlin (as Michael O'Shea)
Rick Rathbun .... first assistant camera: second unit
Richard Sands .... gaffer (as Richard 'Rico' Sands)
Roger Sassen .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Doug Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Guy Skinner .... first assistant camera: second unit
Dean Striepeke .... video playback operator
Mark Van Loon .... Steadicam operator
Mark Van Loon .... camera operator
Scott Walters .... electrician
Bryan Yaconelli .... second assistant camera
Robert Zuckerman .... still photographer
Dana Swartout .... driver: camera truck (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susan Brown .... casting associate
Don Campeau .... extras casting
Yvonne Couture .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Jodi Rothfield .... location casting
Suzy Sachs .... additional casting: Seattle
Nikki Valko .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Bercsi .... dresser (as Tricia Bercsi)
Susan Bonde .... costumer
Marny Lawson .... dresser
Susie Money .... costume supervisor
Abram Waterhouse .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kathryn Camp .... first assistant editor
Glenn Farr .... additional editor
Mark Goldman .... assistant editor
Neil Greenberg .... apprentice editor
Linn Harter .... apprentice editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer (as Philip Hetos)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Music Department
John Bell .... orchestrator
Jane Bridgeman .... music coordinator
Chris Dibble .... music recordist
Vic Fraser .... music copyist
Peter Fuchs .... music recording engineer
Adrian Kerridge .... music recordist
George A. Martin .... music editor
Frédéric Talgorn .... conductor
Paul Talkington .... orchestra manager
Pauline Talkington .... orchestral assistant
Mark Tucker .... score recording engineer
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Transportation Department
Manny Demello .... transportation captain
Nik Edgerton .... transportation (as Nick Edgerton)
Terry Mack .... driver generator operator
James Thornsberry .... transportation coordinator (as Jim Thornsberry)
Other crew
Sarah Auerswald .... script supervisor
Wendy Berman .... assistant: Mr. Permut
Lyda Blank .... locations coordinator: second unit
Victoria Bowen .... production assistant
Carina Camamile .... assistant: Mr. Engelman
Jamie Cohen .... production assistant
Dan Curry .... title designer
Jeff J. Davis .... craft service
Louise DeCordoba .... accounting assistant
Jori Espinosa .... accounting assistant
Joan Flannery .... post-production accountant
Leslie Goott .... production assistant
Denise Harris .... craft service
Mardica Hicks .... production secretary
Janet Hill .... unit publicist
Doug Hobart .... assistant location manager (as Doug Mark Hobart)
Ed Holt .... production assistant
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Mark C. Hughes .... location manager
Pete Kozak .... production assistant
Keith Kumamoto .... assistant accountant
Steven R. Kutcher .... wasp wrangler
David B. Leener .... safety coordinator
Kathleen Lopez .... script supervisor: second unit
Lisa J. Olin .... assistant: Mr. Koch Jr.
Gloria Salas .... production accountant
Joseph N. Satterthwaite .... stage coordinator
Mark Selis .... assistant location manager
Lori A. Spall .... assistant production office coordinator (as Lori Spall)
Laura Tateishi .... production office coordinator
Sharon Vise .... assistant accountant
Jan Walker .... assistant to director
Jan Walker .... executive assistant to director

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Rated R for language and scenes of violence
99 min
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Reshuffles at the studio resulted in director Tom Holland having a different ending imposed on him, largely at the behest (it was rumored at the time) of Faye Dunaway who didn't want to be seen in a bad light.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
[last lines]
Peter Derns:Kris. These are the pictures that Charlene was talking about just before she fell and died. I didn't call her that night and tell her that there was an emergency at the bakery. You did... on my behalf. You were going to kill her and pin the murder on me because you knew she was on to you, wasn't she? She knew you didn't go to Stanford. She knew you lied about having a family. And you knew that you weren't going to rise any higher here as long as Charlene was around.
Kris Bolin:I was going to tell you about the picture. I always keep one on my desk... to fend away office hounds. Lots of girl do. Or they wear wedding rings.
Peter Derns:You always have an answer for everything.
Kris Bolin:Come again?
Peter Derns:I said you always have an answer! Why don't you save them for someone else?
Kris Bolin:Peter... we're not gonna go through this again, are we?
Peter Derns:No, Kris. We're not. As president of this company, it's time I start delegating some authority.
[into the intercom]
Peter Derns:Rosemary? Call the police and have security make sure Miss Bolin doesn't leave the building.
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Hacking your way up the corporate ladder...., 29 December 2008
Author: bob_meg from United States

I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one who finds pleasure in this cunning little trifle from "Fright Night" director Tom Holland.

Yes, it's a blank-from-hell picture and yes also, the blank in question happens to be a secretary/admin assistant (amazing how much mileage this particular career gets in this role), but "The Temp" jazzs up the stakes by making the stalkee --- in this case ad man Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton) --- a paranoid head case with anger management problems.

Lara Flynn Boyle of Twin Peaks fame plays the stalker with a mix of innocence and deliberateness that suggests a truly unhinged personality waiting to detonate. Watching her manipulate and provoke Hutton's character provides for some sick thrills --- it's like tormenting a wounded insect only the insect probably has more going on upstairs.

The plot is cheesy, for sure, but the script always keeps you watching. The dialogue is smooth for the most part and even when it borders on camp, it's not so over the line that it breaks the spell (until near the end when some of the action gets a bit superhero-ish).

Despite being a fun ride, "The Temp" suffers from one of the lamest closing lines ever (tied with "Get a Life" from "Sliver") but even that will give you a little chuckle. And there's worse things to get from grade B thrillers.

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