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Men at Work (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 24 August 1990 (USA)
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Two garbage men uncover a conspiracy involving illegal toxic waste dumping and decide to bring the whole operation down.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carl Taylor
... James St. James
... Susan Wilkins
... Louis Fedders
... Pizza Man
... Maxwell Potterdam III
Hawk Wolinski ... Biff
John Lavachielli ... Mario
... Frost
... Luzinski
... Mike
... Jeff
Darrell Larson ... Jack Berger
... Walt Richardson
... Judy
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Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As she leaves he shoots the man with a pellet gun. Hiding, he and James miss two men strangling the man and leaving with the body. When he appears in a can on their route they are afraid and hide the body, fearing that they may be implicated in the death. Trying to crack the case, they spy on the woman, join up with a slightly to majorly crazed Vietnam vet, kidnap a pizza man and help to protect the ecology. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Two garbagemen who know when something smells funny! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Clear Intent  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,184,311, 26 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,247,964
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When Carl joins James in their garbage truck for the first time James gives a JOLT soda to Carl and has one for himself. JOLT Cola is renowned as the soft- drink with the most caffeine- 280 milligrams, twice that of Coca-Cola or Mt Dew, and equal to 2 cups of coffee as well. See more »

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When the cops are trying to talk to Berger just after Carl, James, and Louis find his dead body, Berger blinks. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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During the credits, a radio host is heard accepting a call from a woman who complains that her pizza deliveryman boyfriend (likely Pizza Man) didn't return home the previous night and she fears he may be cheating. The host tells her to "dump the dude." See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Charlie Sheen/Nelly Furtado (2001) See more »

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TAKE HEED
Performed by Black Uhuru
Written by Euvin Spencer
Publisher Warner/Chappell
Courtesy of Mesa/Blue Moon Recordings
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Local sanitations workers find body of local politician, mayhem ensues.
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

In his directorial debut, Estevez directs self and brother Charlie Sheen in a small budget comedy about two garbage men (sanitary technicians) who come along the dead body of a local politician on their route. Mayhem follows them as they try to find the killer on their own instead of going to the police, who are looking to bust our two unsuspecting heroes. Estevez does a good job for a beginning director and doesn't try to overdo it. Sheen and Estevez are good, not great, together as they were in 'Young Guns'. Keith David is the solid part of the movie, his portrayal as the 'ex-military' Viet Nam Veteran, asked to baby sit garbage men carries the movie with his unpredictable cop hating nature. Leslie Hope is very nice to look at and give credit to Estevez, makes her character a strong one, not a helpless female as women once were portrayed in movies. Movie has given me much enjoyment over the years as my children enjoyed playing garbage men around the house in their younger days.


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