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Taking Care of Business [DVD] [1991]

James Belushi , Charles Grodin , Arthur Hiller    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Belushi, Charles Grodin, Anne De Salvo, Loryn Locklin, Stephen Elliott
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: J.J. Abrams, Jill Mazursky
  • Producers: Duncan Henderson, Elizabeth Sayre, Geoffrey Taylor, Paul Mazursky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NIYQI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,015 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy starring James Belushi as car thief Jimmy Dworski, a happy-go-lucky convict who escapes from a minimum security prison when he wins a pair of tickets to the World Series. Once outside, Jimmy finds a wallet belonging to successful businessman Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin). Jimmy then assumes Spencer's identity, living the high life... just until he can find Spencer and return the wallet to him.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking Care of Business - relax and laugh 12 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
This is a fun movie, and while the technology is dated, it does translate to the present day. Imagine your whole world was dictated by your calendar, contacts etc, oh, just a moment it is, except instead of your ipod, you have a book that rules your life. In this movie James Belushi takes on someone else's life after finding his filo-fax. Lot's of laughs throughout as the owner just misses the meetings James B attends with entertaining results. One of his best, just behind K-9.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Filofax Yuppie Swapathon. 31 Mar 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Jimmy Dworski {James Belushi} has two days to go before his release from prison {he's a car thief you see}. Upon hearing a contest on the radio to win two tickets to see the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, he promptly phones in a wins the tickets. But after unsuccessfully haggling with the vengeful warden {Hector Elizondo} for early release, Jimmy breaks out of the big house and stumbles upon the treasured Filofax of advertisement executive Spencer Barnes {Charles Grodin}. As Spencer stumbles around a broken man without his Filofax, Jimmy starts to live the high life as Spencer Barnes.

Well it's not really an out and out buddy movie till the last quarter, something that some writers have failed to mention. The preceding three quarters of the film follows the two role switch protagonists as they go about their merry/miserable ways respectively. Sounds like Trading Places eh? Well yes, that's because it is really. Here in lies the problem with Taking Care Of Business {AKA Filofax}, it's been done far better before and director Arthur Hiller and writers Jill Mazursky/J.J. Abrams either hadn't the nous, or the need, to at least instill some much needed deviation from the formula of such movies. So in the pantheon of role swap comedies, Taking Care Of Business is pretty much little league. So with that in mind it's something of an unexpected surprise to find it's actually very likable, thanks to the spirited turns offered up by Belushi & Grodin.

Belushi here was on the back of buddy buddy comedies Red Heat & K-9, which, like or loath them,? Garnered a cult fan base and showed Belushi to have an appealing comedic charm that people could warm too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE 80'S CLASSIC 17 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
I seen this film years ago on vhs & when it came out on dvd I simply had to buy it its action packed ,funny family entertainment at its best great film love James belushi & charles grodin work well together definitely a bargain at under 4 long live Amazon.
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