Working Girl 1988

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Unhappy with her job and her loser boyfriend, Melanie Griffith takes a secretarial post at a major Wall Street firm. Her boss is Sigourney Weaver, an outwardly affable yuppie whose grinning visage hides a wicked and larcenous propensity for exploiting the ideas of her employees. While Weaver is incapacitated, Griffith is compelled by circumstances to pose as her boss.

Starring:
Joan Cusack,Harrison Ford
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Mike Nichols
Starring Joan Cusack, Harrison Ford
Supporting actors Melanie Griffith, Alec Baldwin, Sigourney Weaver
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 21 May 2007
Format: DVD
Nearly twenty years on, this film has survived the test of time and exudes maximum effort from Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver.They were all at their peak at the time and it shoes. Melanie steals the show as the secretary who has to brave both the frying pan of a male dominated corporate world and the fire namely her idea stealing boss, Sigourney.

Though she isn't as qualified as her ivy league peers, she is just as astute, if not smarter. By playing her own little game, she starts to get noticed to the detriment of her crocked boss. It works but only just..and the Working Girl becomes the Working Boss. I remember a scene where Harrison is on the phone whilst simultaneously trying to remove his shirt...Classic !!! Also the classic tune, Let the River Run.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
With these lyrics ringing in your ears, the Staten Island ferry carries Tess (Melanie Griffith) past the Statue of Liberty to her job as a secretary, working in the shadow of the World Trade Center. An unfortunate skiing accident in the Alps befalls her backstabbing boss (played with suitable glee by Sigourney Weaver) giving Tess the opportunity to pose as the high-power broker she yearns to be. But how long can Tess keep up the pretence, especially once she falls in love with Jack (Harrison Ford), the man with whom she is putting together a multi-million dollar deal?
Truly a Pretty Woman for the 80's, this film has big hair, big earrings and big ambition. Special mention must go to Joan Cusack, wonderful as the best friend torn between supporting Tess' dreams and reminding her to keep her feet on the ground:
"Sometimes I sing and dance around in my underwear..It doesn't make me Madonna. Never will."
Harrison Ford plays to type as the decent guy, who undresses the very drunk Tess to avoid damaging her $6000 gown when she gets into bed, reassuring her: "I kept my eyes closed the whole time"
This film has uplifting music, a Cinderella-esque storyline and some great views of New York. Get your girlfriends round, grab some chocs and sing along with Carly Simon. Go on, I dare you to be in a crowd of commuters and not imagine for one minute that you are Tess...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew london on 5 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is arguably a masterpiece, it embodies everything good about the 1980's. It has a sentimental idealism about love and makes you remember the fame era New York that we all remember along with leg warmers from our youth. This film has excitement, interest, and excellent humour. You have to see this film, if for nothing else to understand the profound importance of the phrase "get your bony ass out of my office" or the best phrase ever "$5000!!! and it's not even leather!" and "What wrong with the way you speak, you talk foine!" (sic). Get this film!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graham Chapman on 9 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So much to delight the viewer in this film: Alec Baldwin's hairy chested pigman character, Kevin Spacey snorting coke in the limo as 'Bob from Arbitrage', Oliver Platt's office creep, Joan Cusack's big hair - and that's all in the first 5 minutes!!

Who couldn't fall in love with Melanie Griffith's character? Then Harrison Ford actually doing some acting! And Sigourney Weaver as the bitch. It's too good! Intelligent direction - a postmodern ending. What's going on?

Entertainment with a brain and a heart. Mamma Mia? Pah!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Textile Figure Artist on 16 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This is one of my all time favourite films that stands up to repeated viewing, because the action,dialogue and scenarios are so believable/plausible. The ending always gives me goosebumps! I love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzie on 11 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film the first time many years ago - and am looking forward to watching it again. The music is great and the whole film has a feel good factor! One of my favourites
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnOldGoat on 15 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
From the sweeping opening scene, with that classic 'Let the River Run' playing across it, to the closing camera pan-out, with Griffiths in her office, fading into a wall of similar offices, a great film.

There is a similar vein to 'Educating Rita', with the underdog, stuck where everyone else thinks she's happy, breaking out and making something of it. But this is a US film, with a lot of hairspray (oh, the 80s!), immature corporate bosses, the superbitch, and none of them have time for the secretary with ideas and a brain.

The killer scene is where Weaver's character is confronted and suddenly cannot talk her way out. The big scene though is where it dawns on Griffiths that she is the boss, not the secretary - a recurring theme throughout is of her being so used to being the secretary that she reacts like one all the time, and cannot bring herself to tell Ford that she's not who he thinks she is - 'no-one listens to the secretary'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Sherry on 29 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
I absolutely love this movie. I admit to being pleasantly surprised to have found Harrison Ford in such a non-action hero role. He handles the comedic aspects deftly - such as the applause when he appears shirtless - and also proves a loveable leading man. The two women are fabulous in their roles too. Signourney Weaver's character blind-sides the viewer with her niceness and warmth so that when her betrayal is discovered you will her to receive her comeuppance. Melanie Griffith clears her throat a little too often for my liking but is excellent as the secretary who has to break the rules to advance in her career. For me though, the one thing I adore about this movie is the song "Let the River Run" - it's just shame that the soundtrack CD doesn't feature this version as I would love to have it in my music collection alongside this film in my DVD collection.
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