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Working Girl (1988)

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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.

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Mike Nichols

Writer:

Kevin Wade
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Jack Trainer
Sigourney Weaver ... Katharine Parker
Melanie Griffith ... Tess McGill
Alec Baldwin ... Mick Dugan
Joan Cusack ... Cyn
Philip Bosco ... Oren Trask
Nora Dunn ... Ginny
Oliver Platt ... Lutz
James Lally James Lally ... Turkel
Kevin Spacey ... Bob Speck
Robert Easton ... Armbrister
Olympia Dukakis ... Personnel Director
Amy Aquino ... Alice Baxter
Jeffrey Nordling ... Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Doreen DiMucci
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Storyline

Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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...Her Time Has Come See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretaria ejecutiva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$64,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,173,635
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Baldwin went on to play Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October (1990), a role that would be taken over by Harrison Ford in the sequels Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). In addition, in this film, Melanie Griffith's character, Tess, switches lovers from Baldwin's to Ford's characters in the same order. See more »

Goofs

When Tess is using the phone during her act as a broker in Katherine's office, right after she gets off the phone with Jack she responds to one of the invitations on Katherine's desk, but none of the phone lights are lit, meaning Tess had no line out. See more »

Quotes

Tess McGill: You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you're trying to get there. And if you're someone like me, you can't get there without bending the rules.
Oren Trask: You've got a real fire in your belly, or was this just a one-time stunt that you pulled?
Tess McGill: I'm not quite sure what you mean, sir. I've got something in my belly, but I think it's nervous knots.
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The Lady in Red
Written and Performed by Chris De Burgh (as Chris DeBurgh)
Courtesy of A&M Records
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fun 80s fashion in good 80s rom-com
12 December 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a smart, plucky, investment worker. She tries to climb the corporate ladder, but she's constantly held back by the sexist environment, and her night school college degree. When she is assigned to be Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver)'s secretary, she hoped that things would finally change. She shares a business idea with Katharine. When she finds that Katharine is claiming the idea for herself, Tess takes matters into her own hands.

The subject matter, the style, and the humor is pure 80's. The hair is insane. And there is no accounting for the fashion. It is jaw dropping and unintentionally funny.

As for the story, it's a fairly good happy rom-com from veteran director Mike Nichols. This is possibly Melanie Griffith's best work. She has just enough pluckiness and is a complete sweetheart. Sigourney Weaver is showing her comedic chops. And Harrison Ford is actually a great rom-com leading man.


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