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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Issel
Lori-Nan Engler ... Rachael Helmes
... Pete Helmes
... John Hudson
Ron Frazier ... Bob Nixon
... Max Landsberger
... Howard Gross
... Sal
... Scott Dantley
... Jane Caldwell
... Mike Hoover
... Al Kennedy
... Frank Stedman
Ron James ... Mark Rabinovich
... General Sepulveda
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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 »

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3 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Bronca na Certa  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,937,934, 5 January 1986

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$3,393,807
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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

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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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WATCHING YOU
Performed by Gary O'
Written and produced by Gary O'Connor
Courtesy of RCA Records
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At its best, the most underrated comedy ever.
13 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I agree with most of the previous reviews, but I'd like to emphasize that not only is the first half of this movie great, its as funny and ahead of its time as it gets. An absolute classic and contains some of its actors' best work. Rick Moranis is one of the comic geniuses of his generation and his brief scenes are worth the entire experience alone. I've quoted his big line in appropriate situations (unfortunately to no appreciation / recognition) more than any other movie joke. This is the only feature film where he's as funny as in his best moments from SCTV and SNL. Eddie Albert's very first scene and punch line is one of the greatest satirical jokes ever written of this genre. Michael O'Donoghue's deadpan performance is chillingly convincing, etc, etc. Yes, there is the obligatory Judge Rhienhold "voice of sanity" character who's storyline gradually sinks the movie into formulaic banality (and I subtract just one point for that), but the first half of this thing is an absolute must-see for any satirical comedy fan. I'll go further - this movie, at its best, is the most underrated American comedy ever. Period.


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