Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director:

Mike Judge

Writers:

Mike Judge (Milton animated shorts), Mike Judge (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Livingston ... Peter
Jennifer Aniston ... Joanna
David Herman ... Michael Bolton
Ajay Naidu ... Samir
Diedrich Bader ... Lawrence
Stephen Root ... Milton
Gary Cole ... Bill Lumbergh
Richard Riehle ... Tom Smykowski
Alexandra Wentworth ... Anne
Joe Bays ... Dom Portwood
John C. McGinley ... Bob Slydell
Paul Willson ... Bob Porter
Kinna McInroe ... Nina
Todd Duffey ... Chotchkie's Waiter
Greg Pitts ... Drew
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Storyline

In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the obnoxious Division VP Bill Lumbergh who has just hired two efficiency consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are two software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar, that also hate Initech, and his intrusive next door neighbor Lawrence. He believes his girlfriend Anne is cheating on him but she convinces Peter to visit the hypnotherapist Dr. Swanson. Peter tells how miserable his life is and Dr. Swanson hypnotizes him and he goes into a state of ecstasy. However, Dr. Swanson dies immediately after giving the hypnotic suggestion to Peter. Peter, in his new state, starts to date the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude which results in his being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be downsized, they decide to plant a virus in the banking system to embezzle fraction of cents on each financial operation into Peter's account. However Michael commits a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A comedy from Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and co-creator "King of the Hill". See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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In the 2016 South Carolina Republican Presidential primary campaign, Ted Cruz thought this movie was so iconic and recognizable, that one of his ads was a parody of it. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the printer destruction scene, Michael runs back to jump on the printer one last time. Right before he runs back to attack the printer, it is shown open and nearly empty, but when he jumps on it, it's full of parts again. See more »

Quotes

Peter Gibbons: It's not just about me and my dream of doing nothing. It's about all of us. I don't know what happened to me at that hypnotherapist and, I don't know, maybe it was just shock and it's wearing off now, but when I saw that fat man keel over and die - Michael, we don't have a lot of time on this earth! We weren't meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses ...
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Crazy Credits

Credits begin with outtakes featuring various actors from the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical release of the film features the soundtrack in different sequence than the DVD release of the film. See more »

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Big Boss Man
(1960)
Written by Luther Dixon and Al Smith
Performed by Junior Reid
Produced by Junior Reid for JR One Blood Productions
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Workplace satire sans the trite cliches!
17 March 2000 | by TeaBunnySee all my reviews

Hooray for Mike Judge! I didn't think there would be a way to make fun of "office life" without merely being a living Dilbert strip and using all of the same tired old workplace jokes. Kids in the Hall did it, and now Mike Judge has done it also. I am surprised to see Jennifer Aniston in a movie this entertaining! The use of hardcore gangsta rap as the soundtrack to the boys' underhanded deeds and violent ass-kicking of office equipment is hilarious and brilliant. Gary Cole's droning delivery and poor Milton's despondent mumbling doesn't get old... in fact it stays very funny. We all know someone who obsesses a little TOO much about their chair, or how many paper clips they have on their desk... and Milton makes you feel a bit of sad sympathy, especially when he doesn't get any cake. Peter's cronies Michael and Samir are classic software engineer guys that could work at any company, and Peter's construction-worker neighbor (Oswald!) is a refreshing change from the white-collar drones that infest his day. In the end Peter discovers this is the way to go... fresh air, hard labor and a bright orange vest in the perfect antidote to ummm... yeah... that would be great.... this movie is great, whether you're an office worker or not. It makes you think about all the millions and millions of damn cubicles out there... and all the people that fill them. How many of them feel suffocated and hopeless? If this film makes even ONE person take a day off and go fishing, it's done it's job.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cubiculos de la oficina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231,727, 21 February 1999

Gross USA:

$10,827,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,827,810
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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