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Office Space (1999)

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

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(Milton animated shorts), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter
... Joanna
... Michael Bolton
... Samir
... Lawrence
... Milton
... Bill Lumbergh
... Tom Smykowski
... Anne
... Dom Portwood
... Bob Slydell
... Bob Porter
... Nina
... Chotchkie's Waiter
... Drew
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In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the abusive Division VP Bill Lumbergh that has just hired two consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are the software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar that also hate Initech, and his next door neighbor Lawrence. 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. He dates the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude in the company, being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be fired, they decide to plant a virus in the account system to embezzle fraction of cents in each financial operation into Peter's account. However Michael commits a mistake in the software and instead of decimals, they steal a large amount.... 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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19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cubiculos de la oficina  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,231,727, 21 February 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,824,921, 9 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,800,000, 31 December 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Richard Riehle, his first day on set as Tom Smykowski, was in the character's full body cast. Riehle said the production didn't have a Special Effects Coordinator on set, which meant an EMT had to help Riehle put on the full body cast. Riehle said it was a two hour process to put on and an hour to take off. See more »

Goofs

When the 2 Bobs are recapping Smykowski and Waddams' dismissal, Dom is picking up his coffee cup and has his hand on the handle. In other shots, his hand is not on the handle of his cup. See more »

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Bill Lumbergh: Oh, and remember: next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, it states "This movie was cut entirely on a computer." See more »

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Referenced in Tosh.0: Cheerleader Fail (2011) See more »

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Happy Birthday
(1893)
Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred) & Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill)
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Workplace satire sans the trite cliches!
17 March 2000 | by See 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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