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Taking Care of Business (1990)

R | | Comedy | 17 August 1990 (USA)
An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Jill Mazursky, J.J. Abrams (as Jeffrey Abrams)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Jimmy (as James Belushi)
Charles Grodin ... Spencer
Anne De Salvo ... Debbie
Loryn Locklin ... Jewel
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Walter
Hector Elizondo ... Warden
Veronica Hamel ... Elizabeth
Mako ... Sakamoto
Gates McFadden ... Diane
John de Lancie ... Ted
Thom Sharp ... Mike
Ken Foree ... J.B.
John Marshall Jones ... LeBradford (as J.J.)
Andre Rosey Brown ... Heavy G
Terrence E. McNally Terrence E. McNally ... Hamilton
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Storyline

Jimmy Dworski(Jim Belushi) is a criminal serving the last 48 hours of a jail sentence. He wins a couple of baseball tickets by calling a radio quiz show. With help of other inmates, he escapes to go watch the game. When by chance he finds the Filofax of executive Spencer Barns(Charles Grodin) who loses it while traveling on a business weekend. Jimmy finds cash, credit cards and the key to a big mansion. He jumps on the opportunity and starts posing as Barns. While the real Barnes is trying to find his Filofax he gets in all sorts of trouble. How will things turn out when the two finally meet? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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You are who you pretend to be. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filofax See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,005,435
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production title was "Filofax"; however, the word is a registered trademark of the Leeds Filofax Group, and producers could not get permission to use it as the movie's release title. See more »

Goofs

Scene with Sakamoto and Connors at restaurant meeting. Connors takes cigarette out of case before Sakamoto walks in. When she gets up to greet Sakamoto and then sits back down, she reaches for another cigarette. Then after they cut back to her, she already has it lit. But you never hear her lighter click. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Dworski: Half a day. Just a half a day. I'll make it up when I come back. I'll give you 2 weeks.
Warden Toolman: [Shakes head no as if struggling with the decision]
Jimmy Dworski: OK OK I'll give you 2 weeks solitary.
Warden Toolman: [Nods yes] No can do.
Jimmy Dworski: Aw, COME ON! Lighten up, will ya? This game is SO important to me. It REALLY is. Come on this is just a minimum security prison, for Christ's sake!
[Warden and guard look up as if offended]
Jimmy Dworski: I mean a MAXIMUM minimum security prison - it's a tough prison, though.
Warden Toolman: Take away his TV priveleges.
Jimmy Dworski: Aw, COME ON...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in The Girl Next Door (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Mean Old World
Written and Performed by T-Bone Walker
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fun flick for veg'ing guys
13 April 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Taking Care of Business" is a sort of "Trading Places" knock-off with Belushi playing an irrepressible and always upbeat con who escapes from prison to attend the World Series and stumbles into the identity of a lost workaholic exec (Grodin) after finding his Filofax personal organizer. A rather ordinary but lively B-movie romp, "TCoB" makes a fun watch for guys in need of a little decompression after a hard day's work. (C+)


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