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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
... Mario
... Frost
... Luzinski
... Mike
... Jeff
... 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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen play garbage men in a film made 17 years after their father Martin Sheen had played a garbage man in Badlands (1973). See more »

Goofs

When Carl and James are eating lunch, Carl's bottle of Budweiser rotates between camera shots to always have the top red label 'Bud' towards the the camera without being touched. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Berger: I can't support this activity any longer, Max.
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Crazy Credits

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 The Cinema Snob: Gayracula (2013) See more »

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GIVE A LITTLE LOVE
Performed by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond
Publisher Warner/Chappell, Realsongs and BMG Songs
Courtesy of EMI Records
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One of the few movies that really takes me back..
4 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Its funny how some people try hard to capture images and moments of REAL LIFE in a film. Most try too hard. I can remember watching this film as a kid. I would rent it from the rental store every other week or so, i still dont know how i got started. Although its jokes are pretty bad, the acting is sub-par, and the behavior of every character is overly juvenile for a group of adults, there is something relaxed about the whole movie. The cast is very good, including Keith David as Louis (one of my favs), and a number of other goofy cliqued characters, like the hitmen, the crooked business exec, the uptight leading lady, and the comedic garbage buddies, Carl and James (Sheen and Estevez). I can remember some of the situations ghosting ones i had experienced in my own life. Men at Work proves that movies dont have to sell, or be critically acclaimed to be thoroughly enjoyable.


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