• Working Girl (1988)

Working Girl

Release Date: 1988

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2001

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Savvy New York City receptionist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) gives her conniving boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), an excellent business tip, but Katharine simply steals the idea without giving due credit to her secretary. After Katharine winds up in the hospital with an injured leg, Tess decides to exact revenge. Pretending to be her boss, Tess initiates a major deal with an investment broker (Harrison Ford) -- but things turn ugly after Katharine finds out what Tess has been up to.

Cast: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Philip Bosco, Nora Dunn, Oliver Platt

Director: Mike Nichols

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Love, Suspenseful, Amusing, Office, Witty, Deception, Transformation, 1980s, Rise, Revenge, New York City, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of those entertainments where you laugh a lot along the way, and then you end up on the edge of your seat at the end. show more

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Though Weaver is by all accounts (mine included) in the real-life “none-nicer'” class, I've always suspected she might be great as a shrew. She is. [21 Dec 1988, Life, p.1D]

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Griffith gives the fullest performance of her career; Weaver, the most likable, even though she's the villain of the piece. Michael Nichols directs his best film in years. [23 Dec 1988, Friday, p.A]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Original Film Score
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture