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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. Her inborn business acumen and common sense enable Griffith to rise to the top of New York's financial circles, and along the way she wins the love of executive (Harrison Ford). Things threaten to take a sorry turn when Weaver returns, but it is she who suffers from the consequences of her own past duplicity. Working Girl was Melanie Griffith's breakthrough film, proving than she was more than just the off-and-on "significant other" of Don Johnson. The film was later adapted into a brief TV series, starring a pre-Speed Sandra Bullock. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Wade
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2001
20th Century Fox


Melanie Griffith
as Tess McGill
Harrison Ford
as Jack Trainer
Sigourney Weaver
as Katharine Parker
Alec Baldwin
as Mick Dugan
Philip Bosco
as Oren Trask
Nora Dunn
as Ginny
Kevin Spacey
as Bob Speck
Olympia Dukakis
as Personnel Director
Leslie Ayvasian
as Dewey Stone Receptio...
Robert Easton
as Armbrister
Gail Bearden
as Secretary in Ladies'...
Jeffrey Nordling
as Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft
as Doreen DiMucci
Maggie Wagner
as Tess's Birthday Part...
Mario T. de Felice J...
as Helicopter Pilot
Melba LaRose
as Secretary in Ladies'...
Lou DiMaggio
as Tess's Birthday Part...
David Duchovny
as Tess's Birthday Part...
Ken Larsen
as Executive at Dim Sum...
Pamela Lewis
as Executive at Dim Sum...
Georgienne Millen
as Tess's Birthday Part...
Anthony Mancini Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Jim Babchak
as Junior Executive
Daniel B. Pollack
as Executives at Dim Su...
Steve Cody
as Cab Driver
Paige Matthews
as Dewey Stone Receptio...
Lee Dalton
as John Romano
Barbara Garrick
as Phyllis Trask
Madolin B. Archer
as Barbara Trask
Etain O'Malley
as Hostess at Wedding
Ricki Lake
as Bridesmaid
Caroline Aaron
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Nancy Giles
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Tom Rooney
as Bridegroom
Peter Duchin
as Trask Wedding Orches...
Judy Milstein
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Maeve McGuire
as Trask Secretary
Nicole Chevance
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Timothy Carhart
as Tim Draper
Kathleen Gray
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Michael R. Chin
as Delivery Man
Jane B. Harris
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Sondra Hollander
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Lloyd Lindsay Young
as TV Weatherman
Samantha Shane
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
F.X. Vitolo
as Bartender
Julie Silverman
as Petty Marsh Secretar...
Lily Froehlich
as Clerk at Dry Cleaner...
James Babchak
as Junior Executive
R.M. Haley
as Heliport Attendant
Suzanne Shepherd
as Trask Receptionist
Amy Aquino
as Baxter
Ralph Byers
as Dewey Stone Receptio...
Ralph Byers
as Dewey Stone Receptio...
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Critic Reviews for Working Girl

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

How will the working class be educated to survive and thrive in the computer age? This intoxicating movie has an answer: let her strut her outer-borough wisdom from Wall Street to the Pacific Rim. Watch her fatten portfolios as she melts hearts.

Full Review… | January 13, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Griffith's talent, energy, and sexiness give it some drive and punch.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Working Girl is enjoyable largely due to the fun of watching scrappy, sexy, unpredictable Melanie Griffith rise from Staten Island secretary to Wall Street whiz.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Top Critic

The interaction between the female leads is so funny that you don't care if the leading man never turns up.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Working Girl, always fun even when at its most frivolous, has the benefit of the cinematographer Michael Ballhaus's sharp visual sense of board room chic, and of supporting characters who help carry its class distinctions beyond simple caricature.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This scrumptious romantic comedy with its blithe cast is as easy to watch as swirling ball gowns and dancing feet. But oh me, oh my, how much more demanding it is to be a fairy tale heroine these days.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Working Girl


This is a movie I remember from when I was young. It used to be on tv a lot and it was one I was allowed to sit up late and watch.
I haven't seen it for quite some time, so I was happy to find the DVD for $6.
I have to admit, it did not age quite as well as I thought. That is some spectacularly bad hair on Melanie Griffiths, even by 80's standards.
There's a lot I still like about this movie - strong young woman bettering herself and working her way out of the typing pool, and moving on from a cheating sleaze who doesn't treat her well, but through adult eyes, I really didn't like that she still actually did need the help of the man to get there.
And I had a few cynical smiles at the "happy ending". Day in day out at the office - it may not be all it's cracked up to be!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I'm sure this Oscar-winning Mike Nichols film about a capable woman, forced to wile her way up the corporate ladder, was quite groundbreaking for its time, but the big bouffant hairdos, the office pool of secretaries, and the crass Joisey accents just date this movie too much. I could also see the big three-way twist coming from a mile away.

Furthermore, Carly Simon's melodramatic, gospel-inspired, Oscar-winning song, "Let the River Run," - with all its talk about "sons and daughters" and "New Jerusalem" - seems more fitting for a Merchant Ivory movie about a diaspora born of religious persecution or something rather than professional and romantic hijinx.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Captivating workplace comedy follows an ambitious secretary as she attempts to climb the corporate ladder. Plot unfolds like the somewhat timeworn Cinderella story archetype, but brilliantly captures the zeitgeist by updating it to corporate America of the 1980s. Melanie Griffith is an absolute delight in an effervescent performance as Tess McGill, a secretary with "a mind for business and a bod for sin". She's supported by an talented cast that includes Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver in equally memorable parts. Classic film director, Mike Nichols, is in top form here and he is ably supported with an witty script by screenwriter Kevin Wade. Sometimes, success is the best revenge.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Working Girl Quotes

Jack Trainer: You're like one of those crazed cops that no one wants to ride with, aren't you? Whose partners all end up crazy or dead.
– Submitted by Gail S (8 months ago)
Cyn: Yeah, I should have checked the milligrams. Live and learn.
– Submitted by Gail S (8 months ago)
Tess McGill: You want to be taken seriously, you need serious hair.
– Submitted by Helene K (4 years ago)
Tess McGill: I have a head for business and a body for sin.
– Submitted by Natalie M (4 years ago)

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