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Taking Care of Business (1990)

R | | Comedy | 17 August 1990 (USA)
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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Who says you have to play by the rules?! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filofax See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,005,435
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Chicago Cubs, the team playing in the World Series in the film had been in the National League playoffs after filming began on this film. They had lost to the San Francisco Giants in 5 games and they would not return to the World Series until 2016 when they finally won after 108 years. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy is first checking out the Filofax, he finds a list of 'power words' he reads out FIRST RATE, PHENOMENAL, SUPERLATIVE, BENEVOLENT, but 'phenomenal' clearly is not on the list. See more »

Quotes

Ted Bradford Jr.: Spencer... Toast.
Jimmy Dworski: Yeah... A toast! To the Cubs winning the world series!... and to big tits!
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Connections

References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Takin' Care Of Business
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products
A Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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the illest
1 July 2003 | by suprflycatSee all my reviews

this is probably one of my favorite movies ever made, (sentimentaly anyways). james belushi is a perfect fish in this flick. the baseball undertones are great, not to mention walters daughter, jewel, who is just a 4 alarm fire. belushi and charles grodin have an undeniable chemistry together. is it a little chessy? yeah. was it the early 90's? hell yeah. is it a great little flick? betchorass it is.


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