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Maid to Order (1987)

PG | | Fantasy, Comedy | 31 July 1987 (USA)
Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy ... See full summary »

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Amy Holden Jones (as Amy Jones)

Writers:

Amy Holden Jones (as Amy Jones), Perry Howze | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Sheedy ... Jessie Montgomery
Beverly D'Angelo ... Stella Winston
Michael Ontkean ... Nick McGuire
Valerie Perrine ... Georgette Starkey
Dick Shawn ... Stan Starkey
Tom Skerritt ... Charles Montgomery
Merry Clayton ... Audrey James
Begonya Plaza ... Maria (as Begoña Plaza)
Rain Phoenix ... Brie Starkey (as Rainbow Phoenix)
Leland Crooke ... Dude
Teddy Wilson ... Woodrow (as Theodore Wilson)
Perla Walter Perla Walter ... Trini
Rita Gomez Rita Gomez ... Juanita
Jason Beghe ... Bret
Kimberly Beck ... Kim
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Storyline

Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy godmother Stella. In an effort to save Jessie, Stella casts a spell which causes Charles to no longer have a daughter. Jessie, now penniless and without a friend, must take a maid's job to earn a living, and hopefully to learn her lesson... Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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She was raised in a Beverly Hills mansion. Now, she's got to clean one. Ally Sheedy is Jessie Montgomery ... worse help is hard to find. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida e o Amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,868,521
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vista Organization See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theresa Randle's debut cinematic appearance. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning after she's gotten out of prison, she's in the street talking to the godmother and in one glimpse of her she has these long blueish earrings on and the next shot of her she doesn't and then the next she does and so on and so forth. See more »

Quotes

Jessie Montgomery: [after being arrested for driving under the influence AND carrying drugs, AND trying to bribe the cops who took her in, Jessie is sharing a cell with a hooker who's loudly filing her nails] ... Would you mind not doing that? I'm kinda bummed and I have a headache.
Hooker in Jail: And what are you in for?
Jessie Montgomery: I don't remember.
Hooker in Jail: Figures.
Jessie Montgomery: God, when this hits the papers... my poor father... He's a philanthropist.
Hooker in Jail: Is he serving time too?
Jessie Montgomery: No a philanthropist is... Never mind. So what are YOU in for?
Hooker in Jail: [sarcastic] ... ...
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References Purple Rain (1984) See more »

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It's In His Kiss
Performed by Merry Clayton
Music and Lyrics by Rudy Clark
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"Some maids deserve to be Princesses..."
28 March 2003 | by cellomasterSee all my reviews

"...and some princesses deserve to be maids."

That pretty much sums up the story behind 1987's 'Maid to Order'. Jessie Montgomery is a 20-something spoiled rich girl, the only child of her widowed father (Tom Skerritt). Jessie is an irresponsible brat who lands herself in jail one night for reckless driving and drug possession, and her frustrated father wishes on a star that he had never had a daughter (which, in retrospect, seems pretty harsh). Somewhere, someone of great power is listening, and his wish is granted. Jessie wakes up the next morning to find her record has been wiped clean. Unfortunately, so has her life.

Jessie is recognized by nobody; not even her own father. Her only companions now is a filthy party dress and a lady (Beverly D'Angelo) who calls herself Jessie's fairy godmother- she's actually the "witch" who granted Jessie's father's wish. Jessie is forced to take a job as a maid for a high-profile Beverly Hills music promoter and his wife (the late Dick Shawn and Valerie Perrine) and has to learn to love and respect people, as well as herself, all over again.

I love Ally Sheedy in this role. She plays the part of the wealthy b*tch very well. You cannot help but feel sorry for her poor, soft-spoken father. But the real stars are the goofy Starkys, the rich and cheesy family Jessie works for.


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