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Working Tra$h (1990)

Two janitors (George Carlin, Ben Stiller) working at a brokerage firm become rich by making investments based on insider information they gather from the brokers' garbage.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Carlin ... Ralph
Ben Stiller ... Freddy Novak
Buddy Ebsen ... Vandevere Lodge
Leslie Hope ... Susan Fahnestock
Michael J. Pollard ... Palomar
Jack Blessing ... R. Judson Kimbrough
Dan Castellaneta ... George Agrande
Ellen Ratner Ellen Ratner ... Ruth
George Wallace ... Big Dan
Mindy Sterling ... Mary
Lisa Montgomery Lisa Montgomery ... Vi
Michael Gregory ... Real Cop
Gregg Almquist Gregg Almquist ... Herb
Julian Christopher ... Moneyline Reporter
Newell Alexander ... News Reporter


Two janitors (George Carlin, Ben Stiller) working at a brokerage firm become rich by making investments based on insider information they gather from the brokers' garbage.

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Release Date:

26 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Working Trash See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A Good Early Effort By Ben Stiller.
5 February 2005 | by BraveHawkSee all my reviews

Working Trash is a nice little story of two janitors who decide to play the stock market. George Carlin takes top billing as Ralph, an old school janitor who has been with the company for 23 years. A very young Ben Stiller co-stars as Freddy Novak, a young guy who applied to become a stock broker but they gave him a job as a janitor, so he could work his way up and who nobody would take seriously, due to his lack of experience and education.

One day while Ralph and Freddy are working, they come across some confidential information concerning a stock that is about to hit big. Freddy realizes that it is a crime called insider trading but Ralph talks him into it, in order to pay off his debt to the mafia. Anyhow, the two janitors kept playing the market and making a lot of money, which drew the attention of their superiors, who ended up firing both men. Of course, there is some funny stuff going on at the top and Freddy and Ralph have to find a way to get their jobs back.

This was a good early effort for Stiller and I think recreating the team of Stiller and Carlin might be a better idea nowadays than before, now that they could get a better script to work with. Regardless, this is a nice story the whole family could watch without fear of something inappropriate popping up. I give this 7 of 10 stars.

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