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Working Girl (TCF 1988, Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford)

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Mike Nichols (Oscar-nominated for Best Director) directs this dizzy romantic comedy starring Melanie Griffith (Oscar-nominated for Best Actress) as Tess McGill, a smart but lowly Manhattan secretary who seizes an opportunity to climb the corporate ladder when her self-absorbed boss Katharine (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver) breaks her leg and is out of the office. Tess gives herself a makeover, pretends she’s a corporate executive and pitches an idea to Jack (Harrison Ford), a broker who’s attracted to her.

When Katharine returns to the office, however, the charade is up and Tess better come up with a new plan fast. The empowering film features performances from Joan Cusack and Alex Baldwin, and an Oscar-winning song by Carly Simon. Working Girl is also the film debut for David Duchovny, who has a tiny part as a guest at Cyn’s (Joan Cusack) engagement party.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 114 minutes | 1988

Director: Mike Nichols
Producer: Robert Greenhut, Laurence Mark, Douglas Wick
Editor: Sam O’Steen
Music: Carly Simon
Script: Kevin Wade
Production Design: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Costume Designer: Ann Roth
Cinematographer: Michael Ballhaus

cast
Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill
Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker
Harrison Ford as Jack Trainer
Zach Grenier as Jim
Olympia Dukakis as Personnel Director
Caroline Aaron as Petty Marsh Secretary
Ricki Lake as Bridesmaid
Alec Baldwin as Mick Dugan
Joan Cusack as Cyn
James Lally as Turkel
Kevin Spacey as Bob Speck
Philip Bosco as Oren Trask
Oliver Platt as Lutz
David Duchovny as Tess’ Friend
Jeffrey Nordling as Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft as Doreen DiMucci
Nora Dunn as Ginny
Robert Easton as Armbriester
Amy Aquino as Alice Baxter
Timothy Carhart as Tim Draper