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Disclosure (1994)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  9 December 1994 (USA)
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A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

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With his company about to merge, a happily married and successful computer expert is expecting a promotion. Instead the job goes to a woman from another plant with whom he had an affair in his bachelor days. His new boss, not only dangerously sexy but equally dangerously ambitious, has climbed the corporate ladder by exerting undue influence on the CEO. She apparently tries to pick up where they left off but he just about manages to resist. This liaison is soon revealed to be part of her master plan to consolidate power and use Tom as a scapegoat to cover her technical misdeeds. As his position at work comes under increasing pressure he decides to file charges of sexual harassment. This is the last thing the company needs. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Rated R for a very strong sex scene, sexual dialogue and other strong language | See all certifications »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,834,289 (UK) (17 March 1995)

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£6,903,320 (UK) (14 April 1995)
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The first time, when Meredith Johnson and Tom Sanders are meeting in her office, when Meredith's secretary comes to ask her boss if she could leave earlier right after Meredith grants her wish, the secretary leaves and locks the office door. But when Tom Sanders leaves after he is harassed by Meredith, he opens the door, as if it was not locked. See more »

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Catherine Alvarez: If you sue, you'll never get another job in the computer business; if you don't sue they'll bury you in Austin. If you sue it's news; if you don't it's gossip. If you sue nobody will believe you; if you don't, your wife won't. They will make your life into a living hell for the next three years until this case goes to trial. And for that privilege, it's going to cost you a minimum of a hundred thousand dollars. Do you not think it's a game Mr. Sanders? It's a game to them. How do you feel about...
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Michael Douglas contends with business foe Demi Moore determined to oust him
8 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Disclosure" is a smoothly done, pleasurable and suspenseful watch in which the action never flags. This is a good solid Hollywood product by all involved.

Michael Douglas does his usual fine job -- he makes look easy what is not at all easy -- playing a Silicon Valley production specialist. For reasons unknown, the production line product is failing while the prototypes work. He is being made to look incompetent.

Meanwhile, he has a new boss, Demi Moore, who was his old flame. And the big boss, Donald Sutherland, is negotiating a merger that will enrich everyone in the firm, stock options and all that.

Preventing Douglas from tracking down the production line issues in Malaysia are this merger and Moore's plot to accuse Douglas of sexual harassment. Douglas fights back, without anger and bitterness, by mediation, accusing her correctly of harassing him. Meanwhile, he's trying to figure out how production has gone wrong. In the narrow world of an operations specialist, he doesn't suspect behind the scenes machinations. But he has a "friend" higher up (a guardian angel) who does, and who spurs him on via anonymous e-mails to dig deeper.

As the merger pressures those around him, all of whom stand to gain handsomely by stock options, he finds his associates melting away and, more or less, siding with pressures brought by Sutherland to get Douglas to paper over the production issues. Sutherland absolutely looks the part and steals every scene he is in. His part in all this is ambiguous enough that he can bob and weave and land on his feet. He's a slick one. He didn't get to head the company without this skill.

And so we enter the world of Silicon Valley too, and that's part of the movie's charm. The interior sets of the business itself bring this to life, and complement the business rivalries and machinations.

The 128m running time passes quickly. Douglas learns a thing or two. The supporting roles are well cast and played. The movie is a business thriller, with the emphasis on emotional pressures, calculation, and psychological conflicts that bring out the varying personalities and motivations of those involved. Dramatic elements are present but not over-emphasized.


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