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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Trainer
... Katharine Parker
... Tess McGill
... Mick Dugan
... Cyn
... Oren Trask
... Ginny
... Lutz
James Lally ... Turkel
... Bob Speck
... Armbrister
... Personnel Director
... Alice Baxter
... Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft ... Doreen DiMucci
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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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For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for everyone who's still in there trying.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Secretaria ejecutiva  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$64,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,173,635
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The tequila scene where Jack and Tess first meet was filmed at the restaurant bar of Caroline's Comedy Club when it was located at the South Street Seaport in New York City. As Jack descends the stairs to put Tess in a cab, you can see a billboard advertising the club. See more »

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It was made clear that Katherine and Jack had a long-term relationship before Tess came on the scene, and yet Jack failed to recognize Katherine's office when he went to visit Tess when she was putting on her act as a broker. Katherine has only just moved to New York from Boston. This is evidenced by what the recruiter says to Tess: 'transferring down from Boston, name of Parker', as well as the fact that Katherine does not yet have a place to live (she tells Tess on the phone from the hospital that she's staying at her parents' house and her voice on the Dictaphone makes reference to her looking for a place of her own), and says to Tess of her and Jack: 'We're living in the same city now' which implies this is a new development. It is therefore perfectly possible that, while Jack knows where Katherine works and knows that it is at the same place as Tess (and assumes that Katherine is Tess's colleague), he has never seen her office. See more »

Quotes

Tess McGill: Shoot me, shoot me.
Cyn: Will you cut that out, they didn't throw you out did they?
Tess McGill: They don't exactly have bouncers at these things, they're a little more subtle than that.
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Let the River Run
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Written and Performed by Carly Simon
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Wonderful, fun, feel good comeuppance tale
2 April 2006 | by See 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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