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How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

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A cynical advertising exec has a block at work leading to a meltdown. He's hilariously out of control. Getting a big, talking boil on his shoulder doesn't help.

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Bruce Robinson

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Bruce Robinson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Bagley
Rachel Ward ... Julia
Richard Wilson ... 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

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Hugh Armstong is dubbed by Nicky Henson. See more »

Goofs

After Bagley has lunch with his wife, she drops him back at the advertising firm's office building, but it is a different building to the one used for the interior scenes, which is the tall red building several hundred yards up the street (visible in the crane shot of their car pulling up), right next to the Lambeth bridge, as we can see from the window view in the scenes in Bagley's and Bristol's offices. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Oscillate Wildly
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Marr
Performed by The Smiths
Courtesy of Rough Trade
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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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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1990 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Get Ahead in Advertising See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$418,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$418,053
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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