Working Girl

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Plot – Katharine Parker is an ambitious and brilliant businesswoman of a well-established company on the New York stock exchange. Apparently,Katharine is very kind to her secretary Tess McGill,a young woman from a modest background but also determined to improve her position,always full of new projects and ideas. It seems therefore almost natural that,when Katharine gets stuck in Europe due to an injury on the ski slopes,it is her resourceful secretary that replaces her in the office. Obviously,without saying anything to anyone. Tess finds herself having to close a major deal – the acquisition of a local radio station – and therefore asks for the help of the experienced and charming manager Jack Trainer,Katharine’s lover and unaware of Tess’ true position. The deal proceeds and the two,working side by side,obviously end up falling in love,but things take a wrong turn for Tess when Katharine comes home and finds out everything,trying to disrupt her secretary’s work in any way she can.

Movie Info

Title Working Girl

Year 1988

Director Mike Nichols

GenreDrama, Comedy, Romance

Top 15 Quotes of “Working Girl” Movie

“Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.”

Joan Cusack – Cyn

“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior prick, tomorrow’s senior partner!”

Sigourney Weaver – Katherine Parker

“- Mick Dugan: Tess, will you marry me?
– Tess McGill: Maybe.
– Mick Dugan: Ya call that an answer?
– Tess McGill: You want another answer, ask another girl.”

Alec Baldwin – Mick Dugan
Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill

“- Tess McGill: How did you get the scar?
– Jack Trainer: Some guy pulled a knife in Detroit.
– Tess McGill: Really?
– Jack Trainer: No. No. I was nineteen and I thought it’d be cool to have a pierced ear. My girlfriend stuck the needle through and I heard this pop and fainted and hit my chin on the toilet.”

Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill
Harrison Ford – Jack Trainer

“You know, Mick, just once I could go for like a sweater or some earrings… something that I could actually wear outside of this apartment?” Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill

“- Jack Trainer: You’re the first woman I’ve seen at one of these things that dresses like a woman, not like a woman thinks a man would dress if he was a woman.
– Tess McGill: Thank you I guess.”

Harrison Ford – Jack Trainer
Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill

“I’m flat broke, I’m crazy about a man that I will probably never see again.”

Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill

“- Tess McGill: I know what I’m doing.
– Cyn: Yeah, screwing up your life.
– Tess McGill: No, I’m trying to make it better! I’m not gonna spend the rest of my life working my ass off and getting nowhere just because I followed rules that I had nothing to do with setting up, ok?”

Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill
Joan Cusack – Cyn

“- Tess McGill: I have a head for business and a body for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?
– Jack Trainer: Uh, no. No.”

Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill
Harrison Ford – Jack Trainer

“Six thousand dollars? It’s not even leather!” Joan Cusack – Cyn

“Dress shabbily, they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman – Coco Chanel!”

Sigourney Weaver – Katherine Parker

“- Tess McGill: Look, you, maybe you’ve got everyone around here fooled with this saint act you have going, but do not ever speak to me again like we don’t know what really happened, you got me?
– Katherine Parker: Tess, this is business. Let’s just bury the hatchet, okay?”

Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill
Sigourney Weaver – Katherine Parker

“You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you’re trying to get there. And if you’re someone like me, you can’t get there without bending the rules.”

Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill

“- Personnel Director: Tess, Tess, Tess, Tess. You don’t get ahead in this world by calling your boss a pimp.
– Tess McGill: Well, he is.”

Olympia Dukakis – Personnel Director
Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill

“I am not steak. You can’t just order me.” Melanie Griffith – Tess McGill