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Working Girl (1988)



Critic Consensus: 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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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, Rovi

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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
Robert Easton
as Armbrister
Leslie Ayvasian
as Dewey Stone Reception Guest
Jeffrey Nordling
as Tim Rourke
Gail Bearden
as Secretary in Ladies' Room
Elizabeth Whitcraft
as Doreen DiMucci
Maggie Wagner
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Lou DiMaggio
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
David Duchovny
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Mario T. de Felice Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Melba LaRose
as Secretary in Ladies' Room
Georgienne Millen
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Jim Babchak
as Junior Executive
Ken Larsen
as Executive at Dim Sum Party
Pamela Lewis
as Executive at Dim Sum Party
Steve Cody
as Cab Driver
Anthony Mancini Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Paige Matthews
as Dewey Stone Receptionist
Daniel B. Pollack
as Executives at Dim Sum Party
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
Tom Rooney
as Bridegroom
Peter Duchin
as Trask Wedding Orchestra
Caroline Aaron
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Nancy Giles
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Maeve McGuire
as Trask Secretary
Judy Milstein
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Timothy Carhart
as Tim Draper
Nicole Chevance
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Michael R. Chin
as Delivery Man
Kathleen Gray
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Lloyd Lindsay Young
as TV Weatherman
Jane B. Harris
as Petty Marsh Secretary
F.X. Vitolo
as Bartender
Sondra Hollander
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Lily Froehlich
as Clerk at Dry Cleaners
R.M. Haley
as Heliport Attendant
Samantha Shane
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Julie Silverman
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Suzanne Shepherd
as Trask Receptionist
Amy Aquino
as Baxter
James Babchak
as Junior Executive
Ralph Byers
as Dewey Stone Reception Guest
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Critic Reviews for Working Girl

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

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

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…

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…
Top Critic

Wait... Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford can be funny? And Melanie Griffith can act? Crazy!

September 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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

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
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
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
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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