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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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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 »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Clear Intent  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

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$16,247,964
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Charlie Sheen's character Carl is actually a German variation of Charles. See more »

Goofs

In his office, Maxwell has an odd looking map showing current daytime in the world in the form of a light source. According to that map, it's daytime in California but when it cuts back and forth to the hitmen he is talking with on the phone, it clearly is nighttime.

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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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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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WEAR YOU TO THE BALL
Performed by UB40
Written by John Holt
Publisher The Sparta Florida Music Group
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Emilio+Charlie=Funny
6 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This somehow forgotten movie is pretty funny by todays standard.Not that the comedies today are that smart really... Brothers Sheen has nice chemistry together and delivers many funny and memorable dialogues.A hoot is also Vietnam-vet Keith David,this guy is one bad dude...You've seen this before,but the script is not that bad and the movie moves along in a pleasant pace.The villains are also portrayed as idiots and the cops as smart asses,who will get what they deserve by time. This is easy entertainment and you don't remember it for that long,but it's a pleasant journey while it lasts-just don't think too much.


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