Head Office (1986)




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Judge Reinhold stars as Jack Issel, a fresh-faced business-school grad who begins working for a huge multi-national corporation in this satire of business and industry.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
Comedy , Television
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HBO Video


Eddie Albert
as Helmes
Judge Reinhold
as Jack Issel
Danny DeVito
as Stedman
Merritt Butrick
as John Hudson
George Coe
as Sen. Issel
Lori-Nan Engler
as Rachael Helmes
Ron Frazier
as Nixon
Ron James
as Mark Rabinovich
John Kapelos
as Gen. Sepulveda
Don King
as Himself
Richard Masur
as Max Landsberger
Brian Doyle-Murray
as Col. Tolliver
Diane Robin
as Gross's Secretary
Wallace Shawn
as Hoover
Bruce Wagner
as Kennedy
Hrant Alianak
as President Sanchez
Lee Broker
as Mover
Tom Butler
as Security Monitor
Ralph Small
as Security Monitor
Jeremiah S. Chechik
as Hysterical Man
Jeremiah Chechick
as Hysterical Man
Richard Comar
as TV Reporter
Nancy Cser
as Dantley's Secretary
Billy Curtis
as Rev. Lynch
Dominic Cuzzocrea
as Reporter No.1
Carolyn Dunn
as Yonge's Secretary
Elizabeth Irwin
as `America A.M.' Host
Derek Keurvost
as Fund Raiser
Wally Kanin
as Security Monitor No.4
Derek Kuervost
as Fund Raiser
Kathy Lasky
as Miss Kline
Michael McManus
as Branch Kipp
Maxine Miller
as Stedman's Secretary
Myron Natwick
as TV Anchorman
Laura Press
as V.P. Secretary
Elizabeth Shepherd
as Mrs. Issel
Barry Thomson
as Security Guard
Shawn Thompson
as Trevor Koback
Christopher Ward
as Another Executive
Gay Claitman
as Woman Protestors
Theresa Tova
as Woman Protestor
Megan Smith
as Woman Protestors
Myra Fried
as Woman Protestors
Teresa Tova
as Woman Protestors
Eric Keenleyside
as Whale Protestor
Don Keppy
as Whale Protestor
Tex Konig
as Whale Protestor
Phillip Borsos
as General Sepulveda
Francine Volker
as Whale Protestor
Devonne L. Green
as Senate Investigation Reporter
Patricia Nember
as Senate Investigation Reporter
Eric Young
as Senate Investigation Reporter
Annie McAuley
as Max's Girl
Don McManus
as Albert
Mike McManus
as Branch Kipp
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Critic Reviews for Head Office

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

It's a lamebrained movie, without much sense in its construction.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The structure here is a bit like '50s social comedies but there's no satiric force, just chutzpah and energy. The movie confuses iconoclasm with wit, and bile with guts; it's mostly thin and mean-spirited.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Though corporate satire has been out of vogue for a while, it's ready for a revival. But while ''Head Office'' has its moments, it winds up much too understated to have a cutting edge.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Sadly Reinhold fails to be funny enough to carry the movie and the only sparky moments are down to support characters Don Novello and Richard Masur.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
Radio Times

A needle in a haystack would be easier to find than a laugh in this film--which is surprising, considering that the cast includes such names as DeVito, Moranis, Novello, Doyle-Murray, and Shawn.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
TV Guide

Tries to be funny and satirical but misses the mark more often than not.

August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Head Office


A poorly made film that feels like it was on a low budget even though there are some well-known actors. I didn't find anything about it funny and wouldn't say it is worth watching. (First and only viewing - 2/18/2016)

Adam R
Adam R

In the first few minutes, when you're still not quite sure what's going on, the big business satire "Head Office" buzzes with an undeniable, frantic energy. We are introduced to a great supporting cast of characters, played by some very funny character actors like Rick Moranis and Danny DeVito. Unfortunately, they are both killed off very early on and the rest of this becomes a forgettable and generic comedy that was all-too-typical of the decade. The rapid-fire pacing of the opening is lost and this settles into familiar territory, complete with a boring love story and a ridiculous amount of nondescript '80's synth music on the soundtrack. Judge Reinhold is a likable enough guy, and can be quite funny in the right role, but he was never cut out to be a leading man and the reason for that is painfully obvious here. In fact, I couldn't help but wonder why the built the entire movie around him because he plays the least interesting character in the film, especially when the entire cast is still alive. The central storyline that emerges, about a naive corporate executive with a heart who wants to do what's right, is just as uninteresting but the biggest problem is that this is a comedy that fails to generate a single laugh. Writer and director Ken Finkleman's last failed project was "Airplane 2", but at least that had jokes. This is more of a situational comedy in which the situations aren't inherently funny. The bland title should clue you in to just how dull "Head Office" is. After an energetic start it goes awry quickly and settles for being just another forgettable romantic comedy.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

Surrealist comedy about Corporate America... Yet, there's no laughs to be found. Sad given the cast with very minor roles.

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

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