Taking Care of Business
|Taking Care of Business|
Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
|Directed by||Arthur Hiller|
|Produced by||Geoffrey Taylor|
|Written by||Jill Mazursky
Anne De Salvo
John de Lancie
|Music by||Stewart Copeland|
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Edited by||William H. Reynolds|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
The film was released in the UK under the title Filofax.
A convicted car thief and diehard Chicago Cubs fan, Jimmy Dworski (Belushi) wins tickets to the World Series. Unfortunately, he still has a couple of days left to serve in prison and the warden (Héctor Elizondo) won't let him leave and come back. With the help of other inmates, Jimmy stages a riot so he can sneak out of prison to see the game. On the way, he finds the filofax of uptight and spineless yuppie advertising executive Spencer Barnes (Grodin), which promises a reward if it is found.
Over the next day, Jimmy takes on Barnes' identity —- staying in the Malibu beach house of Spencer's boss, flirting with the boss's daughter, even taking a meeting with a powerful Japanese food company magnate named Sakamoto (Mako Iwamatsu). The fake "Spencer"'s unorthodox methods, such as beating the magnate at tennis and telling him about the poor quality of his food products, gets the attention of the taken aback Sakamoto. However his unconventional negotiations with the food company insults some of the executives, seemingly ruining Spencer's reputation. Meanwhile, lacking his precious filofax, the real Spencer Barnes is spiraling into the gutter. Losing all his clothes, his car and money, he has to rely on an old college acquaintance, the neurotic and overbearing Debbie Lipton who keeps trying to rekindle a relationship with him.
Finally Jimmy and Spencer come together at a meeting with the advertising executives, where Spencer is sacked by his boss. As a consolation Jimmy takes Spencer to the World Series. Spencer patches up his marriage with his wife, who had become exasperated with his overworking. Jimmy sneaks back into prison, serves his last couple of hours and is released, only to find Spencer waiting to pick him up. With the promise of a beautiful girlfriend and a well-paying job in advertising working with Spencer, Jimmy's future looks bright, as does that of his beloved Cubs.
- James Belushi as Jimmy Dworski
- Charles Grodin as Spencer Barnes
- Mako as Mr. Sakamoto
- Héctor Elizondo as the Warden
- Veronica Hamel as Elizabeth Barnes
- Stephen Elliott as Walter Bentley
- Loryn Locklin as Jewel Bentley
- John de Lancie as Ted Bradford Jr.
- Gates McFadden as Diane Connors
- Anne De Salvo as Debbie Lipton
- Burke Byrnes as Prison Guard
The movie gained negative reviews.
- "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Taking Care of Business' Is Bankrupt of Laughter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- Taking Care of Business at the Internet Movie Database
- Taking Care of Business at Box Office Mojo
- Taking Care of Business at Rotten Tomatoes