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Office Space (1999)

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Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.



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In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the abusive Division VP Bill Lumbergh that has just hired two consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are the software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar that also hate Initech, and his next door neighbor Lawrence. His girlfriend Anne is cheating on him but she convinces Peter to visit the hypnotherapist Dr. Swanson. Peter tells how miserable his life is and Dr. Swanson hypnotizes him and he goes into a state of ecstasy. However, Dr. Swanson dies immediately after giving the hypnotic suggestion to Peter. He dates the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude in the company, being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be fired, they decide to plant a virus in the account system to embezzle fraction of cents in each financial operation into Peter's account. However Michael commits a mistake in the software and instead of decimals, they steal a large amount.... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A comedy from Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and co-creator "King of the Hill". See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cubiculos de la oficina  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231,727, 21 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,824,921, 9 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,800,000, 31 December 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Peter mentions that he (and presumably the other programmers) are working on fixing the "year 2000 problem" in Initech's banking software. This issue, often referred to as "Y2K" or the "millennium bug", was a real problem dealt with by many companies in the late 1990s. Peter accurately describes the issue as being related to a space-saving shortcut used by programmers (mostly in the 1960s-70s) where the year portion of date-related data was stored as two digits (e.g. "75" instead of "1975"). The expectation was that software written in such a way would fail -- perhaps catastrophically -- when the year changed from 1999 ("99") to 2000 ("00"). However, largely thanks to a massive effort on the part of the software and financial industries, most of the issues were resolved before the deadline, and the millennium change occurred with few issues. See more »


When Lawrence is coming over to Peter's apartment because Peter doesn't want him yelling through the walls, he comes out of his apartment with a beer in his left hand. He grabs the doorknob on Peter's door with his right. When Lawrence enters, the beer is now in his right hand, and his left hand is on the doorknob. See more »


Milton Waddams: [talking on the phone] And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, ...
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References Superman III (1983) See more »


9 to 5
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Lisa Stone
Produced by Nature's Fynest and Quincy Jones III (as Quincy 'QDIII' Jones) for New Day Entertainment
Lisa Stone Performs courtesy of Gazillion/Interscope Records
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Best Movie I've Ever Seen
11 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Incredibly true-to-life story about life at work. Anyone who's ever worked in a large office will find at least one thing, probably more, that they can relate to.

Look at the characters: From the receptionist with the annoying high-pitched voice, to the clueless management, to the soft-spoken guy with no backbone (or so you think), this looks more like a documentary than fiction.

The daily situations of the office environment, including paper jams in the printer, static electricity, and slow computers, are hilarious for some reason when they happen to the people in the movie.

Throw in some great acting, a good story, and the humor of Mike Judge, and you'll find one of the best movies ever made, hilarious from start to finish.

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