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The Associate (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 October 1996 (USA)
A comedy about making it on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or be one.

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writers:

Jenaro Prieto (novel), Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay "L'Associé") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Laurel Ayres
Dianne Wiest ... Sally Dugan
Eli Wallach ... Donald Fallon
Tim Daly ... Frank Peterson
Bebe Neuwirth ... Camille Scott
Austin Pendleton ... Aesop Franklin
Lainie Kazan ... Cindy Mason
George Martin ... Walter Manchester
Kenny Kerr Kenny Kerr ... Charlie
Lee Wilkof ... Bissel
Helen Hanft ... Mrs. Cupchick
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Plaza Manager
Zeljko Ivanek ... SEC Agent Thompkins
Miles Chapin ... Harry
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Loan Officer
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Storyline

Laurel Ayres is a businesswoman trying to make it but unfortunately she works at a investment firm where she does all the work but all the senior investors like Frank Peterson grab all the credit. She then leaves and starts her own firm. While trying to find clients Laurel pretends that she has a male partner named Robert Cutty. And when she starts to do well all of her clients wants to meet Cutty which is difficult since he doesn't exist. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Behind Every Great Man Is A Woman... Wishing He'd Get The Hell Out Of Her Way. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and an exotic dance club scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'associé See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,261,304, 27 October 1996

Gross USA:

$12,844,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,844,057
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Mercedes dealership where Whoopie Goldberg bought her Mercedes was located on the corner of 56th St. and Park Ave. in Manhattan. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was destroyed in 2013 after Mercedes closed that location. See more »

Goofs

When accepting the award for business man of the year the award changes from sitting on the platform and in Frank's lap. Also when Laurel is leaving she takes the award with her, but when it cuts back to Frank clapping the award is still in his lap. See more »

Quotes

Sally Dugan: What are you gonna do?
Laurel Ayres: I'm goon perpetrate a great big whammy!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are presented like a stock ticker. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock/The Wallflowers (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
Written by Gene McFadden, John Whitehead (as Jon Whitehead) and Jerry Cohen
Performed by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson
Produced by Steve Lindsey
Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson appear courtesy of Reprise Records
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A Pretentiousness Comedy That Recalls ` Working Girl'
29 September 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Laurel Ayres (Whoopi Goldberg) is a very competent financial analyst who is deceived by her colleague Frank (Timothy Daly) in a promotion to VP. She decides to quit her job and open her own investment company. However, being a woman, she feels difficulties to get into this type of business in Wall Street. She decides to pretend she has a male associate in her company, who would be responsible for the advices. Together with her assistant Sally (the lovely Diane Wiest), they pass through funny situations. This pretentiousness comedy recalls the plot of Mike Nichols' `Working Girl', if you consider the storyline of a competent employee who has her own merits credited to another person. The film is not regular, and Laurel Ayres sometimes is bright, but other times she behaves like a stupid. Further, in the present days, it is hard to believe such a prejudice in Wall Street. This DVD has just been released in Brazil. For my surprise, this is a 1996 movie. My vote is six.


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