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
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Alec Baldwin was initially cast as Jack Trainer before Harrison Ford got the part. See more »
Katherine tells Tess the combination to her house alarm is 75432000 but when we see Tess turning the alarm off before entering the house she only presses six buttons. See more »
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.
You've got a real fire in your belly, or was this just a one-time stunt that you pulled?
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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A pure fantasy served up by Mike Nichols, but a vastly entertaining one.
Melanie Griffith is the secretary with massive hair who pretends to be a corporate business woman when her boss is layed up with a broken leg. The catch is, she finds out she's pretty good at it, and things get complicated when she ends up spearheading a business deal and falling in love with her key partner (Harrison Ford), all the while trying to keep what she's doing from her boss (Sigourney Weaver). It's the kind of movie that could just as easily have been made as a screwball comedy in the 1940s, perhaps with Barbara Stanwyck in the lead role.
The film is a classic in its own small way, one of the best comedies to emerge from the 1980s. Griffith is matched well with her role, so her limitations as an actress don't draw too much attention to themselves. But it's Weaver who steals the show as Griffith's imperious boss. She's a riot as a confident and powerful career woman from hell. And Joan Cusack steals a few scenes of her own as Griffith's best friend and fellow secretary, who sports hair as big as Griffith's and a Joisy accent to boot.
Nichols knows how to direct a comedy so that the funny bits speak for themselves.
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