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The Associate (1996)

The Associate (1996)

The Associate



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Tired of being ignored by her high-powered colleagues because of her gender and stinging because she has once again been passed over for a promotion, Wall Street financial analyst Laurel (Whoopi Goldberg) quits her job. With the help of super-secretary Sally (Dianne Wiest), Laurel launches her own firm. Unfortunately, most potential clients are unwilling to trust a woman to handle their finances. This comedy charts the elaborate plot for revenge that begins when Laurel and Sally invent a WASPy old boss named Robert S. Cutty. Thanks to the canny "Cutty's" instincts and tips, as relayed through Laurel, the women's business takes off. The pair are delighted with their success until the pressure mounts to have Cutty, who is always "away" from the office, appear. Unable to sustain their ruse otherwise, Laurel employs the talents of a professional transvestite and turns herself from a black woman into the snow-white Cutty thereby creating all kinds of comical chaos for everyone involved. This film is based on the 1980 French film starring Michel Serrault, L'Associe.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Thiel, Nick Thiel
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On DVD: May 15, 2001
Hollywood Pictures


Tim Daly
as Frank
George Morfogen
as Plaza Manager
Zeljko Ivanek
as SEC Agent Thompkins
eljko Ivanek
as SEC Agent Thompkins
Bebe Neuwirth
as Camille Scott
Austin Pendleton
as Aesop Franklin
Lainie Kazan
as Cindy Mason
George Martin
as Walter Manchester
Kenny Kerr
as Charlie
Ken Kerr
as Charlie
Donald Trump
as Himself (uncredited)
Lee Wilkof
as Bissel
Jean De Baer
as loan officer
Louis Turenne
as Peabody Club Concier...
William Hill
as Detective Templeton
Colleen Camp
as Detective Jones
Darryl Edwards
as executive At Strip C...
Jerry Hardin
as Harley Mason
John Short
as Harley's Associate
Thomas Wagner
as Harley's Associate
Roy Gerson Orchestra
as Fallon Ball Band
Peter McRobbie
as Executive At Strip C...
Daryl Edwards
as Executive at Strip C...
Frederick Rolf
as Carl Bode
Lawrence Gilliard Jr...
as Plaza Bellhop Thomas
Liana Pai
as Plaza Concierge Char...
Robert Levin
as Door Slam Executive
Vincent Laresca
as Plaza Waiter Jose
Corrine Manning
as Fallon Ball Band
Arthur French
as Plaza Men's Room Att...
Kathleen McClellan
as Frank's Girlfriend
Robert Levine
as Door Slam Executive
John Rothman
as Jogging Track Execut...
Jonathan Freeman
as Hockey Game Executiv...
Socorro Santiago
as Syntonex Worker
Bernie McInerney
as Client at Cutty/Ayre...
Judith Calder
as Audience Member
Ted Brunetti
as Fallon's Messenger
Baxter Harris
as Disgruntled Investor
Craig Braun
as Disgruntled Investor
Rex Robbins
as Investor At 21 Club
Ira Wheeler
as Investor At 21 Club
Boris McGiver
as Plaza Reporter
Billy Jaye
as Plaza Reporter
Ginny Yang
as Funeral Reporter
Joel Blake
as Poker Player
Alberto Alejandrino
as Maître D' At Peabody...
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as Plaza Bellhop Thomas
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If you were expecting Mrs. Doubtfire in reverse, invest your interest elsewhere.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for The Associate


Whoopie is fantabulous... She totally bamboozles here.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

i only roughly remember this one, i think it was decent but i dont care for whoopi much

danny d

Super Reviewer


Dianne Wiest and Whoopi make this movie funny. I have been watching this movie for over a decade.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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