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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.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writer:

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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Two garbagemen who know when something smells funny! 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In one of the camera angles where we see Carl and James throwing trash into the truck accompanied with Louis (around the time of when they find the dead body in the trash can), the shadows of the camera and cameraman's head can be clearly seen at the bottom of the screen. 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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Monster Man (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Pump Up the Jam
Written by Thomas De Quincey and Manuela Kamosi (as Manuella Kamosi)
Performed by Technotronic (as Technotronics)
Publisher ColGems/EMI Music Publishing, Inc.
Courtesy of SBK Records
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One of the few movies that really takes me back..
4 February 2003 | by madmulletSee 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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