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Head Office (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 January 1986 (USA)
Upon graduation from college with a business degree, John Issel is promptly hired by Helmes's company I.N.C. At INC, the one who gets ahead, does it by kissing ass, or over someone else's ... See full summary »

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Ken Finkleman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Reinhold ... Jack Issel
Lori-Nan Engler Lori-Nan Engler ... Rachael Helmes
Eddie Albert ... Pete Helmes
Merritt Butrick ... John Hudson
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Bob Nixon
Richard Masur ... Max Landsberger
Rick Moranis ... Howard Gross
Don Novello ... Sal
Michael O'Donoghue ... Scott Dantley
Jane Seymour ... Jane Caldwell
Wallace Shawn ... Mike Hoover
Bruce Wagner ... Al Kennedy
Danny DeVito ... Frank Stedman
Ron James Ron James ... Mark Rabinovich
John Kapelos ... General Sepulveda
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Storyline

Upon graduation from college with a business degree, John Issel is promptly hired by Helmes's company I.N.C. At INC, the one who gets ahead, does it by kissing ass, or over someone else's dead body. John keeps getting promotions, but cant figure out why. Actually management doesn't care about him, they hope that having hired him, his father, Senator Issel, will vote the way they like. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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An Outrageous Comedy About Making It Big In Big Business See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Männer für jeden Job See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,934, 5 January 1986

Gross USA:

$3,393,807
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The band General Public is featured performing "Cry on Your Own Shoulder" in a night club scene. See more »

Goofs

When Jack is first shown his new office in Complaints, the name plate by his door appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pete Helmes: Hi. My name is Pete Helmes. 30 years ago, I started a small company called INC Bearing and Tool, and with these balls of steel I built INC International. Now, we produce over 10,000 products, from a 50-megaton nuclear warhead to a creamer, nuttier peanut butter and a new, quieter, artificial heart. Every day at INC we're developing products that will improve your life, like Permalax, an all-new laxative implant, that relieves irregularity for up to 25 years with a one-step ...
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Alternate Versions

The TV network version has various additional scenes which include:
  • Jack walking across a basketball court and shooting a basket with some player friends of his while on his way to his first day at INC.
  • Additional bit of dialog between Helms and General Toliver in the helicopter.
  • A scene of Jack buying a Rolling Stones magazine at a corner news stand and the first introduction Robert Hoover and Al Kennedy bickering about Helms.
  • Additional dialog between Jack and Jane in her office telling him that "information is power."
  • Another bit of dialog where Kennedy discuses INC's plans for a proxy fight over a company called West Oil during the board meeting in which Helms disagrees.
  • Helms detailing INC's strengths in another bit while discussing an unpaid phone bill over a client.
  • Kennedy telling Jane about him quitting INC and his plan for asking Helms to join a Los Angeles office during the board meeting scene with the little German-speaking man.
  • Additional scene of Jack first arriving at Helms' house and a frantic Kennedy trying to talk to Helms during his morning jog around his back garden about an Los Angeles job and being set upon by a guard dog as well as treading across a reflecting pond to keep up with him.
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References Those Amazing Animals (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

GOIN' DOWN
Performed, written and produced by Rich Gibbs
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Eddie Albert about "Head Office"
17 February 2012 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

About 20 years ago I ran into Eddie Albert at "Disneyworld", and asked him about one of the greatest "black comedies" of all time, "Head Office". What I wanted to know was, with a great cast, and a terrific script, how come the film sank into obscurity? His answer was that the studio thought it hit a little too close to home, lampooning big business. What makes "Head Office" so special is that the lack of communication between top executives and the people who are actually on the firing line, is all true. "Never make a decision, just approve other peoples decisions" I love this movie, and if you enjoy "dark comedy" this is one of the best. - MERK


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