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Working Girl (1988)

When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.

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Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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For anyone who's ever won. For anyone who's ever lost. And for everyone who's still in there trying.

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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Secretaria ejecutiva  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$64,000,000 (USA)
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The stuffed rabbit that Tess sets on her desk when she arrives at her new job was made by teddy bear artist Gae Sharp. It was purchased at the Mables in New York. Director Mike Nichols later returned to the store and ordered five more rabbits to give to significant cast members. See more »

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Although it is clear from the conversation Jack has with Tess the morning after their first meeting, Tess, having personally setup the meeting the day before and speaking directly with Jack, failed to recognize his voice and his person at the party that night. See more »

Quotes

Tess McGill: [pretending to be her boss] I know what I'm doing.
Cynthia: Yeah, screwing up your life.
Tess McGill: No, I'm trying to make it better! I'm not gonna spend the rest of my life working my ass off and getting nowhere just because I followed rules that I had nothing to do with setting up, OK?
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Straight from the Heart
Written by Greg C. Jackson
Performed by The Gap Band
Courtesy of Total Experience Records/Lonnie Simmons
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Working Girl
22 April 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Wonderful romance-comedy in the tradition of Capra and Sturges with Griffith perfectly cast as a woman posing as a business mogul to get ahead in the corporate world and spite bitchy boss Weaver, who is simply divine. Ford is especially precious in a rare romantic-comedy as Griffith's partner in business and love interest. The story is creative and witty. Mike Nichols' direction is sharp and in the highest form. The fine supporting cast also features Cusack and the always durable Phillip Bosco. Carly Simon's wonderful song won an Oscar.


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