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Office Space (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  19 February 1999 (USA)
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Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.



(Milton animated shorts), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian - Chotchkie's Waiter


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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Work Sucks. 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  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,231,727 (USA) (19 February 1999)


ESP 89,991,972 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The infamous "PC Load Letter" error that confounded Michael Bolton is a message that the printer was out of, or not recognizing the refill of Letter-sized (8.5x11 inches) paper. "PC" stands for "Paper Cartridge". Older model HP Laserjet printers commonly display this error. This error also occurs when attempting to print a non-letter-sized project onto letter-sized paper. See more »


In the post-interview briefings where the "Bobs" express their support of Peter, and Bill Lumbergh is hesitant to heed their advice, the mood abruptly shifts to the Bobs questioning of Bill's business acumen. In the close up shot of Bob's hands, he pulls Peter's file away to reveal Bill Lumbergh's directly beneath it - both showing in close-up that each has an accompanying employee photo in the top right-hand corner. In the following shot from further away, Bob performs the same task, however, this time as he slides Peter's file away, he hesitates, and in an action that differs from the close-up shot, he rotates the file underneath to a readable position, where we also now see that Bill Lumbergh's file no longer has the ID photo anywhere on it. See more »


Drew: Hey, isn't that the girl that works over at Chotchkie's?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Drew: Hmmm. Who's SHE here with?
Peter Gibbons: She's with me.
Drew: Really?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Drew: All right, Peter! Ooh! Ooh! Right on... Make sure you wear a rubber, dude.
Peter Gibbons: Why is that, Drew?
Drew: Are you kidding me? She gets around. All right?
Peter Gibbons: She does, does she?
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, it states "This movie was cut entirely on a computer." See more »


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Words and Music by Louis Natale (as Lou Natale)
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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User Reviews

Best Movie I've Ever Seen
11 July 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ, USA) – 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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