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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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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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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

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.

The "interactive" map could of course be broken or just in need of a battery change which would explain the discrepancy. 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 Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

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HERE AND BEYOND
Performed by Sly & Robbie (as Sly and Robbie)
Written by Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly Dunbar) and Robbie Lynn
Publisher Island Music, Inc./IXAT Music
Courtesy of RAS Records
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Laughed my a** off!

Now this is what most of Adam Sandler's films should be. Because if you're gonna do camp humor, this sure is done correct. Men at Work features stupid jokes and tongue-in-cheek performances. Especially Keith David is in top form. Sure the plot is stupid as hell and sure this ain't no Tarantino film, but hey.. SO WHAT?! Isn't comedy's most important duty to make you laugh? This sure made me laugh. Recommend.

**** / *****


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