Meet Franklin Hart (Dabney Coleman). The biggest "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss on the planet. He thrills in taking advantage of his head female office staff; humiliating, downplaying, and condescending against them whenever conveniently possible, particularly his top assistant Violet (Lily Tomlin). Long-exhausted over his gruesome bullishness, Violet, alongside co-workers Doralee (Dolly Parton) and Judy (Jane Fonda) comprise comical methods of "doing him in", when a freak incident occurs. They then manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department, and productivity leaps. But just how long can they keep him tied up?Written by
A sequel was planned through the 1980s, but no storyline was ever settled on, and plans were cancelled after writer/director Colin Higgins died on August 5, 1988. See more »
In some versions, when Doralee lassos Hart and he falls backward, you can see the crash mat he falls onto. See more »
[a candy-striper, with a 'Buffy' nametag, approaches Violet who's hauling a dead corpse on a gurny under a sheet]
Excuse me. Could you tell me where the coffee shop is?
The coffee shop.
The coffee shop? No, I'm new here, I don't drink coffee.
I'm new here too. Where do you work?
In the morgue?
Yes, that's right!
[looks at the body on the gurny]
How did he... ?
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HBO/Cinemax's version of the film on Closed-Captioning changes one word of dialogue. Violet says to Mr. Hart, angrily, "The boys in the club are threatened, and you're so intimidated by any woman that won't sit in the back of a bus." Closed-Captioning reads, "The boys in the club are threatened, and you're so intimidated by any woman who isn't submissive." See more »
I know it's a 'chick-flick' but I can't help but like this 1980 Comedy about 3 women played by Jane Fonda,Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton (who also sang the titlesong) who work as secretary's for a mean,horrible,sexist pig (a tailor made role for Dabney Coleman) who decide enough is enough and so plan their revenge.
I've heard of this movie for quite sometime, but didn't watch it because I didn't think it was my cup of tea, How wrong I was, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from start to finish
The movie is quite dated (all the ladies use typewriters-which have since been turned into antiques by the onset of Computers.
It's well Directed by Colin Higgins who had previously Written and Directed the equally enjoyable Chevy Chase-Goldie Hawn Crime Comedy 'Foul Play'.
Followed By not one but TWO TV series based on the film 1982-1983 and 1986-1988 without the Stars and probably suffers as a result
all in all a very enjoyable 1980's Comedy that was a major hit on it's original release 24 years ago.
My Rating ***1/2 out of ***** or 7/10
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