Working Girl

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Overview

A Mike Nichols satire of gender in the business world, Working Girl comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and some television promotional spots. This is an acceptable, but uninspired release from 20th Century Fox. This fine film deserves a better ...
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Overview

A Mike Nichols satire of gender in the business world, Working Girl comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and some television promotional spots. This is an acceptable, but uninspired release from 20th Century Fox. This fine film deserves a better DVD release than this one.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Possibly Mike Nichols's most purely enjoyable film since The Graduate, this witty, vibrant take on females in the work force boasts an exceptional cast (including Harrison Ford in a rare romantic leading role) and a savvy screenplay (by Kevin Wade) that effectively deconstructs the battle of the sexes in corporate America. A romantic comedy that is both romantic and comic in equal measure, the movie has fun satirizing the everyday lives of the working class, but retains a core of recognition so the viewer can always find the film relatable and believable. A Cinderella-type story to be sure, but winning and bitingly funny. The film received Oscar nominations for all three principal female roles, including a great Sigourney Weaver as Melanie Griffith's boss from hell, and Best Picture. It also picked up a trophy for Best Original Song, honoring Carly Simon's wonderfully uplifting theme, "Let the River Run."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • UPC: 024543013662
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,271

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melanie Griffith Tess McGill
Harrison Ford Jack Trainer
Sigourney Weaver Katherine Parker
Joan Cusack Cyn
Alec Baldwin Mick Dugan
Philip Bosco Oren Trask
Nora Dunn Ginny
Oliver Platt Lutz
James Lally Turkel
Kevin Spacey Bob Speck
Robert Easton Armbrister
Olympia Dukakis Personnel Director
Caroline Aaron Petty Marsh Secretary
Amy Aquino Alice Baxter
Madolin B. Archer Barbara Trask
Leslie Ayvasian Dewey Stone Reception Guest
James Babchak Junior Executive
Gail Bearden Secretary in Ladies' Room
Ralph Byers Dewey Stone Reception Guest
Timothy Carhart Tim Draper
Nicole Chevance Petty Marsh Secretary
Michael R. Chin Delivery Man
Steve Cody Cab Driver
Lee Dalton John Romano
Mario T. de Felice Jr. Helicopter Pilot
Peter Duchin Trask Wedding Orchestra
David Duchovny Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Lily Froehlich Clerk at Dry Cleaners
Barbara Garrick Phyllis Trask
Nancy Giles Petty Marsh Secretary
Kathleen Gray Petty Marsh Secretary
Zach Grenier Jim
R.M. Haley Heliport Attendant
Jane B. Harris Petty Marsh Secretary
Sondra Hollander Petty Marsh Secretary
Marceline Hugot Bitsy
Ricki Lake Bridesmaid
Melba LaRose Secretary in Ladies' Room
Ken Larsen Executive at Dim Sum Party
Pamela Lewis Executive at Dim Sum Party
Lou di Maggio Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Anthony Mancini Jr. Helicopter Pilot
Paige Matthews Dewey Stone Receptionist
Maeve McGuire Trask Secretary
Georgienne Millen Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Judy Milstein Petty Marsh Secretary
Jeffrey Nordling Tim Rourke
Etain O'Malley Hostess at Wedding
Daniel B. Pollack Executives at Dim Sum Party
Tom Rooney Bridegroom
Samantha Shane Petty Marsh Secretary
Suzanne Shepherd Trask Receptionist
Julie Silverman Petty Marsh Secretary
F.X. Vitolo Bartender
Maggie Wagner Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Elizabeth Whitcraft Doreen DiMucci
Lloyd Lindsay Young TV Weatherman
Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Chris de Burgh Songwriter
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
Jim Dunn Stunts
Frank Ferera Stunts
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer, Production Manager
Lorenz Hart Songwriter
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Doug Kraner Art Director
Trevor Lawrence Songwriter
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Laurence Mark Executive Producer
Robert Mounsey Score Composer
Sam O'Steen Editor
June Pointer Songwriter
Anita Pointer Songwriter
Ruth Pointer Songwriter
Richard Rodgers Songwriter
Sonny Rollins Songwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Carly Simon Score Composer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Kevin Wade Screenwriter
Doug Wick Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Working Girl, Works It!

    This little gem came out in 1988 and boy does the hair scream that from the rooftops! You can't tell from the DVD cover but Melanie's hair for the first half of the movie is typical Jersey Girl, teased bangs up to the sky and the sides stick out so far she could give Dumbo a run for his money.


    This is one of my favorite movies from the 80's and I watch it more than I should. These were the days when Harrison Ford was still sexy, Melanie Griffith was the sweet "It" girl, and Sigourney Weaver was at the top of her game.


    From The Back Cover:



    Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, director Mike Nichol's witty, romantic look at life int he corporate jungle stars MELANIE GRIFFITH as Tess McGill, an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. When her classy, but villainess boss (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) breaks her leg skiing , Tess simply takes over her office, her apartment, even her wardrobe. She then creates a deal with a handsome investment banker (HARRISON FORD) that will either taker her straight to he top-or finish her off for good.


    Now what that synopsis doesn't tell you is that Tess is just getting paybacks on her boss. Sigourney deserves everything she gets in this movie and it's so much fun to watch.


    From crashing weddings to holding meetings Tess does everything she can to close the deal and get the man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I just saw this movie for the first time, and found it fun and refreshing. Like many 80s movies, this one had a simple but appealing plotline that appealed to the masses. Though a bit of a stretch at times--what kind of woman finds boyfriend in bed with another woman and then hugs and smiles with him a few days later at a party?--it was nice to sit back and just watch a movie that didn't strain my brain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Take Me Back to the Eighties

    Ah yes, this movie definately takes me back to the golden years of the big Eighties, where the hair was big, the Japanese were buying Rockefeller Plaza, the Care Bears were flying off the store shelves faster than HBO could produce episodes of 'Fraggle Rock', UB-40 was cleaning up the music charts, and the corporate traders reigned supreme. This film is a nostalgia-trip that is very enjoyable to watch. Sigourney Weaver has an excellent role as the psuedo-villian career witch who sabotages others to further indulge her quintessential 80s yuppie lifestyle. Harrison Ford plays the excellent, swarmy corporate sleaze. Other outstanding performances are Alec Baldwin as the cheesy, white trash boyfriend and, of course, Melanie Griffith as the 'De Vry - we're serious about success' working class-'we-going-to-be-successful-cause-we-work-hard' gal. This movie is dripping with the conspicuous consumption and materialism of the 1980s. I guess in 1988 the definition of success would be defined by expensive Swiss ski trips, a corner office in a top floor of the World Trade Center (preferably the one farthest away from a stair exit in order to enjoy the peace and harmony of the NYC skyline), your very own TSO dummy terminal with a monitor the size of Montana, lots of junk bonds in your portfolio, and your very own exercise bike. Overall, this is a very good film that has a feel-good message worthy of Reader's Digest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless Love Story

    I saw Working Girl many years ago for the 1st time and immediately fell in love with the movie. Yes, it's a definite chick flick but have seen it at least 50x since then. I bought the VHS tape many years ago and recently purchased the DVD. The soundtrack is outstanding, the acting is wonderful (let's not forget Joan Cusack and even Nora Dunn!) This was one of Melanie Griffiths best movies I think. She achieves things in this movie most of us can only dream of. Yes, I know the movie by heart, but so what?? Harrison Ford is awesome in this too, and oh so handsome! The hair is definite 80's, as is the clothes, but all can be overlooked easily enough. A definite keeper, I know this entire movie by heart and still watch it!! The most heartwrenching thing is the many shots of the Twin Towers, from the opening scene of the movie to the closing credits. I found myself in total tears the 1st time I watched the movie after 9-11. It is amazing how much those particular scenes mean to me now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic

    'Working Girl' is a classic. The villian, Ms. Weaver, is both deliciously evil as well as scarily realistic. Harrison Ford is excellent as the white knight, with a good mix of Wasp entitlement and sweaty armpits. This is before his acting slid to just staring lost at the screen for various lengths of time to convey different emotions. The movie brings me to the verge of tears at least three times and the ending is beautiful. The soundtrack, featuring Carly Simon and the St. Thomas boys choir, is sublime. When 'Let the River Run' hits as the camera pulls away from Melanie within her new office in the World Trade Center you can only wish that life is that fair.

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