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The Associate (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 October 1996 (USA)
A comedy about making it on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or be one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aesop Franklin
Cindy Mason
George Martin ...
Walter Manchester
Kenny Kerr ...
Helen Hanft ...
Mrs. Cupchick
George Morfogen ...
Plaza Manager
SEC Agent Thompkins
Miles Chapin ...
Jean De Baer ...
Loan Officer


Laurel Ayres is a businesswoman trying to make it but unfortunately she works at a investment firm where she does all the work but all the senior investors like Frank Peterson grab all the credit. She then leaves and starts her own firm. While trying to find clients Laurel pretends that she has a male partner named Robert Cutty. And when she starts to do well all of her clients wants to meet Cutty which is difficult since he doesn't exist. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Behind Every Great Man Is A Woman... Wishing He'd Get The Hell Out Of Her Way. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and an exotic dance club scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'associé  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,261,304 (USA) (25 October 1996)


$12,772,657 (USA) (24 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Roma Mofia appears in one scene very briefly as a reporter trying to interview Mr. Cutty. She was uncredited in the film; and can only be seen for a few seconds asking questions along with other actors in a huddle. See more »


When accepting the award for business man of the year the award changes from sitting on the platform and in Frank's lap. Also when Laurel is leaving she takes the award with her, but when it cuts back to Frank clapping the award is still in his lap. See more »


Sally Dugan: What are you gonna do?
Laurel Ayres: I'm goon perpetrate a great big whammy!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there's a brief repeat of an earlier line. See more »


Referenced in The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) See more »


The Border Song
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Sophie B. Hawkins
Produced by Donald Lawrence for Crystal Rose Records, Detroit, MI
Sophie B. Hawkins appears courtesy of Columbia Records
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Woman Can Make It to the Top Spot but Men Aren't That Bad, Are We?
24 January 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

For me, 'The Associate' makes a decent one-time watch. It starts on a promising note with a female black lawyer trying to make it in the man's world. However, at some point as the plot moves, it fails to engage and it's quite clear what will happen in the end. The point 'The Associate' tries to make is that woman can make it on top but it (perhaps unintentionally) presents the men under a negative light. Some of the male characters are presented as stereotypical chauvinists. There are some funny moments that bring a few chuckles but not much that would make one laugh out loud. The best scenes are the ones with Wiest and Goldberg together. Wiest is adorable as the sweet and smart Dugan and Goldberg is adequate as Ayres. However, Goldberg has played several such roles and done numerous similar movies before and even though she's very versatile, she hardly presents anything new in 'The Associate'. I would like to see more of her and Wiest in better movies.

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