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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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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$16,247,964
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Charlie Sheen previously played Chris Taylor in Platoon (1986). In Men at Work he plays Carl Taylor. A "grunt" that gets paired up with yet another crazed Vietnam vet in Keith David (I)'s character, Louis Fedders. See more »

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When we see at night, Carl and James' rival truck drivers waiting in their car at night for the chase, the back window can be seen to be clearly smashed with a hole in the middle. Later on, the same window is not smashed. See more »

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[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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RPG BLUES
Performed by Kent Richards, Tymm Rocco and Bobby Gabriele
Written by Kent Richards and Tymm Rocco
Publisher LA Musicworks
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Men At Work: Midnight Classic
2 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

The fact that this is a memorable movie, meaning I still remember it, says a lot. The fact that this takes one of Hollywood's greatest actors' sons and makes them garbage men, even more daring. The fact that Keith David is in it, is even more accommodating.

Men At Work is a comedy classic.

You're probably ready to shoot me with a gun marked common sense, but no, this is really something else. Men At Work is the last in a long line of midnight movies that were released heavily in the 80's(i.e. Weird Science, Little Monsters, etc.) The formula of taking one situation and going over the top with everything, on an extravagant night when everyone else is asleep is a midnight movie. This just happens to involve toxic waste, which must have been a big deal in the eighties, because now, it's only packed with action figures.

Anyway, it's a classic and stands out because it's just fun. The directing by Estevez isn't bad and it's also got some funny situations. The acting is what it's supposed to be, low key, but fun.

Just imagine Double Dragon, but as garbage men.


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