Working Girl

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Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith), working in the mergers and acquisitions department of a Wall Street investment bank. When her boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), breaks her leg skiing, Tess uses her absence and connections, including Parker's errant beau Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford), to put forward her idea for a merger deal.

The film features a notable opening sequence following Manhattan-bound commuters on the Staten Island Ferry accompanied by Carly Simon's song "Let the River Run", for which she received the Academy Award for Best Song. The film was a box office hit, grossing a worldwide total of $103 million.

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Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is smart working-class secretary for a stock broker who has recently earned a bachelor's degree in Business by attending college at night. Her goal is to move out of the secretarial pool and into an executive position. As she turns 30, her dream remains unrealized; because her education was not acquired at a prestigious school, she cannot gain entry to her firm's training program for recent college graduates. After being misled into thinking that her boss, David Lutz (Oliver Platt), is helping her get a better job, Tess finds herself set up (Kevin Spacey); she then gets into trouble by publicly calling her boss a "sleazoid pimp with a tiny little dick" through typing the phrase into the office's electronic stock-ticker crawl display.

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