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The Secretary (1995)

Disgruntled secretary Deidre turns to murder and blackmail after being turned down for promotion.

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Andrew Lane

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Graham Flashner (screenplay), Graham Flashner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Harris ... Ellen Bradford
Sheila Kelley ... Deidre Bosnell
Barry Bostwick ... Eric Bradford
James Russo ... Ted Burke
Ray Baker ... Lester Howland
Rod McCary ... George Matthias
Grainger Hines ... Robert Stiller
Mimi Craven ... Marcia Hastings
Sondra Currie ... Mary Quinn
Ashley Peldon ... Cindy Bradford
Richard Herd ... Chuck Bosnell
Christopher Kriesa ... James Robinson
Robert Lipton ... Richard Josephson
Anna Mathias ... June Grayson
J. Madison Wright J. Madison Wright ... Shari Grayson
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Deidre Bosnell is the best secretary in the office, but for some reason Lester, her boss, has not give her the promotion she thinks she deserves... Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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Criminal Instinct See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Ultra Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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not unique in the least
4 February 1999 | by Goon-2See all my reviews

"The Secretary" is one of those cheesy, cliched, "thrillers" that one is subjected to watching on a Sunday afternoon, when there is virtually nothing else on. While the plot (a demented woman becomes jealous of all who succeed over her in the office and decides to do whatever she can to stop them) may be one of a kind, I recognized countless plot twists, probably taken from other TV movies that I had been subjected to for the very same reason.

To make matters worse, I was not wild about the cast. Mel Harris is one of those actresses who appears in so many TV movies as either a "mom" or some sort of "victim" of foul play or abuse, that one must wonder the kind of life she leads. In this one, she gets the joy of playing a mom AND a victim of psycho secretary Sheila Kelly, who was not a very good choice as the villain. While Sheila Kelly has made some good career moves(Singles, Breaking In, and I guess, Law and Order), she is also beset by a string of pitiful TV movie roles, and this one just adds to it. As for the others, I don't have any clear memories of them, so that must say something.

This one WILL play on the Lifetime network(I think that's where I saw it), but don't bother watching it, unless you are too bored for words. Not that it will make you any more excitied...


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