Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. Written by
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When Jack and Tess are in the negotiations between Ambrister and Trask, Jack comments "we're all waiting to see what color smoke comes out of the chimney." It's a reference about the election of a new pope in the Vatican of Rome: to chose new pope. The ballots are burned after each vote and the smoke is visible to the public outside. If a pope is not selected, straw is mixed with the ballots to make black smoke. If a pope is elected, the ballots are burned alone yielding white smoke. See more »
In the closing scene, as Tess is on the phone in her office in the morning, the shadows are falling eastward on the southern facade of the One Chase Manhattan Plaza, which means that it is sunset time. See more »
[Looking through Katherine Parker's wardrobe]
Six thousand dollars? It's not even leather!
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I'm not a notable Melanie Griffith fan by any means but it must be said that she is brilliantly cast in the role of the small time heroine in the Big Apple. Harrison Ford is surprisingly effective as the hunk-on-a-stick; it is not surprising in the slightest bit that Sigourney Weaver is an effectively insidious megalomaniac bitch. This is also the first in a slew of flicks for Joan Cusack's long line of effective supporting girlfriends.
Mike Nicholls is a sharp director and succeeds in not only capturing the look of the trapping and tawdriness of the free market explosion but also its unutterably tedious underbelly. Kevin Wade's script is the snappy dramatic and satirical motor at the film's heart to which Nicholls defers. A unimpeachable feelgood movie - although I can't help feeling a sorrow from Nicholls on behalf of his characters who, as in Billy Wilder's The Apartment remain trapped even after the happy ending. 7/10
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