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How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

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Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Robinson

Writer:

Bruce Robinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Denis Dimbleby Bagley
Rachel Ward ... Julia Bagley
Richard Wilson ... John Bristol
Jacqueline Tong ... Penny Wheelstock
John Shrapnel ... Psychiatrist
Susan Wooldridge ... Monica
Hugh Armstrong ... Harry Wax
Mick Ford ... Richard
Jacqueline Pearce ... Maud
Christopher Simon ... Waiter
Gino Melvazzi ... Waiter
Victor Lucas ... Tweedy Man
Dawn Keeler Dawn Keeler ... Tweedy Woman
Kerryann White Kerryann White ... Girl in Elevator
Vivienne McKone Vivienne McKone ... Sullivan Bristol Receptionist
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Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his relationship with his wife, his friends and his boss, but also his own body - graphically demonstrated when he grows a large stress-related boil on his shoulder. But when the boil grows eyes and a mouth and starts talking, Bagley really begins to think he's lost his mind. But has he? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The Career Where Two Heads Are Better Than One

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1990 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Come fare carriera nella pubblicità See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$418,053
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HandMade Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #120. See more »

Goofs

During the anniversary party, the strap on Julia's dress changes shoulders for one scene. When the dress is on the opposite shoulder, it looks a different colour as well. See more »

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Denis Dimbleby Bagley: Let me try and clarify some of this for you. Best Company Supermarkets are not interested in selling wholesome foods. They are not worried about the nation's health. What is concerning them, is that the nation appears to be getting worried about its health, and that is what's worrying Best Co., because Best Co. wants to go on selling them what it always has, i.e. white breads, baked beans, canned foods, and that suppurating, fat squirting little heart attack traditionally known as ...
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Soundtracks

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity from the Planets Op. 32
Composed by Gustav Holst
Conducted by Allan Wilson
Published by J. Curwen & Sons Ltd.
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Deep, dark truthful mirror
20 January 2003 | by outsider-2See all my reviews

Its a brave, scathingly funny film that might be an acquired taste. This one definitely needs a memorable quotes section!! For a film made so long ago, its quite an accurate and eerie depiction of what the PR industry has mutated into...


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