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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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Emilio Estevez

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Emilio Estevez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Carl Taylor
Emilio Estevez ... James St. James
Leslie Hope ... Susan Wilkins
Keith David ... Louis Fedders
Dean Cameron ... Pizza Man
John Getz ... Maxwell Potterdam III
Hawk Wolinski Hawk Wolinski ... Biff
John Lavachielli ... Mario
Geoffrey Blake ... Frost
Cameron Dye ... Luzinski
John Putch ... Mike
Tommy Hinkley ... Jeff
Darrell Larson ... Jack Berger
Sy Richardson ... Walt Richardson
Kari Whitman ... Judy
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Storyline

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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Cleaning up in August at theaters everywhere. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clear Intent See more »

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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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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese garbage collectors' union demanded that the film be banned from video shelves as it disparaged trash collectors, portraying them in a poor light. See more »

Goofs

When the cops are trying to talk to Berger just after Carl, James, and Louis find his dead body, Berger blinks. 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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References Repo Man (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

RPG Blues
Written by Kent Richards and Tymm Rocco
Performed by Kent Richards, Tymm Rocco and Bobby Gabriele
Publisher LA Musicworks
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Hilarious movie...one of the best of the '90s
23 August 2003 | by DoobieKeeblerSee all my reviews

People who dismiss this as juvenile humor or another stupid buddy comedy are totally off the target. Emilio Estevez's screenplay is quite an intelligent story with a number of colorful characters. Real-life brothers Estevez and Charlie Sheen have EXCELLENT chemistry together - their comic timing is perfect, and the scenes where they're just hanging out, talking about their plans to open a surf shop are a true highlight.

Another true highlight is Keith David. This is, without a doubt, his finest performance captured on film. Playing the rough boss's brother-in-law Louis, who is employed to keep a watch on the mischevious garbagemen pals, David is just perfect. Hearing him lecture about "another man's fries", his Vietnam days "in the jungle", and his speech to the cops are just all priceless moments. It's one of the funniest marriages of actor and role - and Mr. David just plays it all so well. Watch him snap at the pizza man who's "seen too much."

All in all, "Men at Work" is a delightful, crowd-pleasing comedy that is able to make me laugh far more than the types of films that are heralded as "excellent comedies" like "Dr. Strangelove" and "Annie Hall." Give me this any day.

And Charlie, you may put this down...but in all honesty, this is your finest work to date, even ahead of comedic roles in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and the two very good "Major League" movies. It's lightyears better than the low points of "Spin City", too.

"Men at Work" is highly recommended, and is one of many films on IMDb whose low rating you can completely disregard. Or don't disregard it, but then you'll just be even more pleasantly surprised by the ensuing hilarity.


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