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Taking Care of Business (1990)

An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.

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Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Jill Mazursky, J.J. Abrams (as Jeffrey Abrams)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Jimmy (as James Belushi)
Charles Grodin ... Spencer
Anne De Salvo ... Debbie
Loryn Locklin ... Jewel
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Walter
Hector Elizondo ... Warden
Veronica Hamel ... Elizabeth
Mako ... Sakamoto
Gates McFadden ... Diane
John de Lancie ... Ted
Thom Sharp ... Mike
Ken Foree ... J.B.
John Marshall Jones ... LeBradford (as J.J.)
Andre Rosey Brown ... Heavy G
Terrence E. McNally Terrence E. McNally ... Hamilton
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Jimmy Dworski(Jim Belushi) is a criminal serving the last 48 hours of a jail sentence. He wins a couple of baseball tickets by calling a radio quiz show. With help of other inmates, he escapes to go watch the game. When by chance he finds the Filofax of executive Spencer Barns(Charles Grodin) who loses it while traveling on a business weekend. Jimmy finds cash, credit cards and the key to a big mansion. He jumps on the opportunity and starts posing as Barns. While the real Barnes is trying to find his Filofax he gets in all sorts of trouble. How will things turn out when the two finally meet? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Jimmy finally got a new life. Trouble is, it's somebody else's. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filofax See more »

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Gross USA:

$20,005,435
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First Baseman Mark Grace and Pitcher Bert Blyleven, who make cameos in the film actually played in the Major Leagues for the Chicago Cubs and California, now Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. See more »

Goofs

When they pan around the stadium at the beginning of the World Series game, there are quite a few empty seats, something you would not see at a real World Series game. See more »

Quotes

Jewel Bentley: That was the best safe sex I've ever had!
Jimmy Dworski: That was the best sex I've had in 2 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 5 days!
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Connections

Featured in The Girl Next Door (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Written by Albert von Tilzer and Jack Norworth
Performed by Jim Belushi (uncredited)
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can you say underrated??
7 August 2002 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

An extremely well-paced and funny mistaken identity movie that got no credit. Belushi pulls off perfectly the exhuberant, boy-like fugitive who breaks out of prison for a couple days so he can see the World Series (wouldn't you)? The tickets he won on a radio show are to be picked up at LAX, where a bigger pick up awaits. While dodging a set of cops he spots Grodin's day planner atop a phone booth with the note of a reward to anyone who returns it. So he heads to Malibu looking for Grodin who has found himself in the slums of LA trying to get people to believe who he is. He's come to town to close a big advertising deal but loses his beloved orgonizer ("My life was in there!"). In the process he's mistreated by gang members, can't get anyone to believe him, has to resort to help from DeSolvo's mind-numbing nitwit, and ends up walking Pacific Coast Highway in the rain. Meanwhile Belushi takes it upon himself to enter Grodin's boss's Malibu mansion and even assume his job which includes a tennis date and dinner with a witchy female executive. Belushi even scores with the boss's daughter, leading to one of the film's funniest lines: "I slept with Walter's daughter?! How was I??" "You were great!" "I knew I could be great in bed!" It all culminates in an extended finale that goes from the World Series to prison. A lot of people point out the film's inplausibility, but as I always say, don't all films have a level of that? Just ignore it and enjoy the laughs. Though the film does feature the nicest set of prison inmates in history, maybe a little too far-fetched. And when Belushi gives a stolen car to his date, he's obviously unaware that cops are probably on the lookout for it (and he's supposed to be a car thief). He and Grodin also get along too well, but again, movie magic. All told this is a lot of fun and oddly enough was very reminiscent of Belushi's other work from 1990, "Mr. Destiny" (guy's life is altered with riches and adventure).

And a little sidenote about all the dumb brother comparisons by critics: Belushi is his own performer, judge his ability on that alone and stop comparing him to his sibling, please. At the point of this movie John had been dead nearly ten years and James had made his mark in great offerings like "About Last Night", "Red Heat" and "K-9". Be it comedy or drama, he can hold his own and needn't be put up against his brother's incomplete career.


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