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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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Melanie Griffith revealed in 2018 that she made a pass at co-star Baldwin and he rejected her advances. (It hurt her feelings obviously but they've remained friendly.) Instead she ended up having a romance with Liam Dalton, an investment banker Nichols brought on board to teach Griffith about mergers and acquisitions. See more »

Goofs

Color of Tess' pantyhose as she steps off the bus. See more »

Quotes

Alice Baxter: Uhm, Ms. McGill?
Tess McGill: Yes.
Alice Baxter: [pointing to private office] That's your desk... in there...
Tess McGill: I don't think so.
Alice Baxter: Oh, yes.
Tess McGill: Sorry, I thought the secretary would sit out here...
Alice Baxter: That's right, I'm the secretary. If you don't mind, I'd prefer assistant.
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Referenced in Nikki: Working Girl (2002) See more »

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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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Wonderful, fun, feel good comeuppance tale
2 April 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

This is a fabulous movie. Maybe not rocket science, but clever enough! It has an engaging plot, an extremely empathetic heroine, a villainous boss, a cheatin' boyfriend, and a handsome new love interest just stepping into the picture. Get your popcorn ready for the comeuppance story of a lifetime.

The tale revolves around a smart secretary named Tess McGill, who wants to get ahead in the Big Apple but is beaten down by her nasty boss, Katherine, who steals her ideas and passes them off as her own. Fortune smiles on Tess when Katherine breaks her leg during a skiing holiday and Tess is able to 'take charge'...that is, until her boss, who recovers all too quickly, returns. Of course there is also a romance brewing here in the form of a handsome investment banker named Jack Trainer, who just happens to be her boss's boyfriend.

Harrison Ford is his typical dashing, magnetic self in the role of Jack Trainer, but it is the two ladies that make this movie. Signourey Weaver is absolutely villainous as an employee's 'worst nightmare' boss, a lady (no, not a lady) high up the corporate ladder, but lacking any semblance of integrity or kindness toward anyone below her in that ladder. You will be itching to see this nasty snob get her comeuppance.

Above all, Melanie Griffith is brilliant in the role of Tess, every viewer's favorite downtrodden secretary. She's a woman with all the intelligence and skills needed to succeed in the corporate world, but is ill used by those above her who put her down. Many employees out there will identify with Tess, having at some point in their lives been ill treated by a boss, whether male or female, with at least shades of Katherine. Furthermore, Tess will surely gain viewer sympathy regarding her unfortunate experiences with her sleazy live in lover, Mick.

The scene featuring the Staten Island ferry is beautifully done, accompanied as it is by Carly Simon's wonderful Oscar winning song, 'Let the River Run'. What an amazing voice! This is really a fantastic, fun movie. You can't help but love it.


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