Working Girl 1988

Working Girl

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A buoyant corporate Cinderella story, Working Girl has the right cast, right story, and right director to make it all come together.

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Savvy New York City receptionist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) gives her conniving boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), an excellent business tip, but Katharine simply steals the idea without giving due credit to her secretary. After Katharine winds up in the hospital with an injured leg, Tess decides to exact revenge. Pretending to be her boss, Tess initiates a major deal with an investment broker (Harrison Ford) -- but things turn ugly after Katharine finds out what Tess has been up to.

Cast & Crew

Harrison Ford
Jack Trainer
Sigourney Weaver
Katharine Parker
Alec Baldwin
Mick Dugan
Philip Bosco
Oren Trask
Robert Greenhut
Executive Producer
Laurence Mark
Executive Producer
Carly Simon
Original Music
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Sam O'Steen
Film Editor
Doug Kraner
Art Direction
Michael Haley
First Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Working Girl

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (7)

  • 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.

    January 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Griffith's talent, energy, and sexiness give it some drive and punch.

    May 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

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

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Working Girl

  • Oct 19, 2020
    Loved this film to bits! Though complicated at times, it's no less fascinating :D
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2014
    "It's asking for the taking..." From director Mike Nichols comes the satirical office comedy Working Girl. When a skiing accident hospitalizes her boss, ambitious secretary Tess McGill takes her shot at the big time by posing as a broker in order to put together a business deal that her boss had tried to steal from her. Unfortunately the script is rather weak and unfocused, unsure of what kind of comedy it wants to be; romantic, fish-out-of water, etc. Yet enough of it works to make the film entertaining, and the performance by Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver are especially good. Additionally, Carly Simon provides an excellent soundtrack that's quite soulful, and includes the pop hit "Let the River Run" (which is a perfect anthem for the lead character). It's a bit uneven, but Working Girl is fun and has a positive message about following one's dreams.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2014
    A very eighties film. Melanie Griffith's character manages to work her way up and win Harrison Ford's heart...all the while being annoying as heck.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer

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