Men at Work (film)
|Men at Work|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Emilio Estevez|
|Produced by||Cassian Elwes|
|Written by||Emilio Estevez|
|Music by||Stewart Copeland|
|Editing by||Craig Bassett|
|Distributed by||Triumph Releasing Corporation|
|Release dates||August 24, 1990 (USA)|
|Running time||98 min.|
|Box office||$16,247,964 (USA)|
Carl Taylor (Sheen) and James St. James (Estevez) are a pair of troublemaking garbagemen who dream of owning a surf shop. The two uncover an illegal toxic dumping operation in their own city, Las Playas. The movie begins with the pair collecting trash as they usually do, by tossing garbage cans in the street and making noise that disturbs the residents. One of the local cops, Mike, hassles them frequently, but Carl and James seem to have gotten used to this treatment.
After work, the pair spies on a woman living across the street with a telescope; they discover that she is being mistreated by a man who is with her. Determined to right the wrong, Carl shoots the man in the rear with a pellet gun. He and James both hide and laugh. Shortly afterwards, the man - a city councilman named Jack Berger (Darrell Larson), who's running for mayor - is strangled and ends up found the next day by Carl and James in a yellow drum. They decide that turning in the body would implicate themselves, as they had shot him earlier.
Carl and James ask the advice of crazed Vietnam War vet Louis Fedders (Keith David), who helps them to stash the body. Carl goes over to meet Susan Wilkins (Leslie Hope), the woman who they saw with Jack the night before. Louis ends up exacerbating the situation when he kidnaps a pizza delivery man who sees James with the body.
James, Louis, the pizza man and the stiff end up leaving the apartment to follow Carl and Susan, but they are pulled over by Mike and his partner, Jeff. Louis, however, uses the pellet gun to get them out of trouble. Meanwhile, Carl and Susan are discovered by Biff and Mario, the hitmen who had killed Jack. The couple are eventually stuffed into cans and set to be disposed of in a lake that serves as an illegal toxic dump for a local businessman, Maxwell Potterdam III, who was also the man who had Jack killed.
Carl and Susan manage to escape from the cans and reunite with the others. The group fights the toxic dump workers and brings down Potterdam.
- Charlie Sheen – Carl Taylor
- Emilio Estevez – James St. James
- Keith David – Louis Fedders
- Leslie Hope – Susan Wilkins
- Dean Cameron – Pizza Man
- John Getz – Maxwell Potterdam III
- Hawk Wolinski – Biff
- John Lavachielli – Mario
- Geoffrey Blake – Frost
- Cameron Dye – Luzinski
- John Putch – Mike
- Tommy Hinkley – Jake
- Darrell Larson – Jack Berger
- Sy Richardson – Walt Richardson
- Troy Evans – Captain Dalton
- Jim "Poorman" Trenton – Narrator
The original screenplay was tentatively titled Clear Intent and slated to star another Brat Packer alongside Estevez. The majority of the movie was shot in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach in California.
The film was not critically well-received, earning only a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews. Considering its relatively small production budget, Men at Work did well in theaters, grossing $16,247,964 USD, $3,184,311 of that within the first week.
Men at Work (Rhino/Wea, July 18, 1990)
- "Wear You to the Ball" - UB40
- "Super Cool" - Sly & Robbie
- "Big Pink House" - Tyrants in Therapy
- "Feeling Good" - Pressure Drop
- "Back to Back" - Blood Brothers
- "Take Heed" - Black Uhuru
- "Here and Beyond" - Sly & Robbie
- "Truthful" - Blood Brothers
- "Reggae Ambassador" - Third World
- "Give a Little Love" - Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
- "Playas Dawn" - Stewart Copeland
- "Pink Panther No. 23" - Stewart Copeland