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Working Girl (1988)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Working Girl (1988)

In director Mike Nichols' Best Picture-nominated modern farcical romantic comedy about the workplace:

  • the breathtaking, rotating opening shot of the Statue of Liberty as the Oscar-winning Carly Simon song "Let the River Run" played
  • the character of ambitious and smart 30 year-old Manhattan brokerage firm secretary Tess McGill (Oscar-nominated Melanie Griffith) who was manipulated by her career-driven, icy female boss Katherine Parker (Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver), who stole Tess' business idea for a business merger
  • Tess' flirtatious line of dialogue in a bar to handsome investment broker Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford in his first light comedy): "I have a head for business and a bod for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?"
  • the brilliant final pull-back shot of Tess in her office, revealing her office to be just one of thousands in a single building in the whole of New York City, as the subtly subversive lyrics of "Let the River Run" undercut the triumphant moment


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