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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 21 April 1995 (USA)
A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.




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A young Hollywood executive becomes the assistant to a big time movie producer who is the worst boss imaginable: abusive, abrasive and cruel. But soon things turn around when the young executive kidnaps his boss and visits all the cruelties back on him. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some scenes of psychological/physical torture and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boss  »

Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)


$376,928 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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'Michelle Forbes' said she got cast in the film during a time when she was frustrated by the entertainment industry and considering another career, feelings which fit perfectly with the nature of the film. See more »


Guy stays late to bury the article about Buddy in TIME. Buddy calls, telling him to record the Foster Kane interview on TV. Guy picks up the "Real Life" script and writes "Foster Kane" on it. In the shots of Guy writing from the front, he is using a Bic ball-point pen. When there are overhead shots, he is using a Sharpie permanent marker. See more »


Dawn: [to Guy] Let me give you a piece of advice here. You want to make it in this business, you don't have time for a personal life, much less a relationship.
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Written by J. Munns, M. Dingle, J. Lyde
Performed by Vibes Alive
Published by 83 Jazz, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc.
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a misfortunate case of a great fim seen by a few "movie buffs"
28 July 2000 | by (jerusalem, israel) – See all my reviews

Today, when kevin spacey has enough recognition and reputation that won't be tampered even if he'll star on "baywatch" for the rest of his life - my praises won't mean much. spacey is a superb actor, no doubt about it. but for frank whaley, appearences in the "right" films (natural born killers, born in the 4th of july, pulp fiction) as well as a undisputable talent did not turn him to a reknowned actor - which only goes to show that no matter how good you are, in most cases success is a luck depandant variable. On with the movie, the story of an ambitious youngster who wishes to engage in a key role of the film industry and starts to work as an assistant for a completely manipulating, ungreatful, demeaning movie producer george huang

(the writer and director) could come up with. the movie begins with guy (frank whaley) kidnapping buddy ackerman in his own house and concurrently whit guy's act of abuse to his hated boss, unfolds the story of a young kid with high hopes who was entangled both in the cynic world of his women loving, hair losing boss and in a relationship with a struggling movie producer - dawn (michelle forbes- now on "homicide - life on the streets"). the movie continues up to the point where guy has to decide which of those worlds to choose and now i won't add anything in fear of disclosing the end (and its unpredictable no matter which option you chose)

the movie is a complete delight and all i can say is - this may not be the best film you ever seen but it will sure leave enough of an impression to more than justify the two hours of your leisure time.

9 out of 10 in my scale

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