Trivia / Working Girl

When Working Girl came out at Christmastime of 1988, the film really had only two headlining stars: Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. The film provided a Star-Making Role for Melanie Griffith (whose star has since faded somewhat), and lead supporting actor Alec Baldwin was in the process of becoming a minor star over the course of several films. As you will see below, however, the film is a gold mine of Retroactive Recognition goodness:

  • Certified Crowning Music Of Awesome: Carly Simon won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy for "Let the River Run". This was the first song composed, written and performed by the same artist to win all three awards. As of 2011, the only other song to achieve this was "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen.
  • The Actor Swap Is Coming...: Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin are the two male leads in this film. Less than three and a half years after Working Girl, both actors had played CIA analyst Jack Ryan in separate adaptations of Tom Clancy novels.
  • Actor Allusion: Katharine (Sigourney Weaver) steps off the helicopter carrying a giant stuffed gorilla. Earlier in 1988, Weaver starred in Gorillas in the Mist.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • All-Star Cast: By means of Retroactive Recognition. Only Ford and Weaver were big stars at the time, but the film is a gold mine of Retroactive Recognition goodness. Plus, a number of the supporting actors and minor players are still quite active and recognizable today.
  • Billing Displacement: Lead Melanie Griffith gets third place in the film, behind bigger names Harrison Ford (doesn't appear until about a half hour in) and Sigourney Weaver (shelved during Act 2). It didn't go unnoticed in MAD's satire "Lurking Girl," in the panel where "Junk" meets up with "Tush" in a bar and asks her to come home with him "in a totally unnecessary scene":
    Tush: What's in it for me?
    Junk: For YOU - nothing! For ME - a desperate attempt to justify my top billing in this lousy film!
    • Diagonal Billing: Harrison Ford, the biggest star, takes the upper-left billing slot on the box art and film posters while lead Melanie Griffith takes the lower but center position. As a star name but supporting character to both, Sigourney Weaver is on the same billing plane as Ford, above Griffith, but on their right.
  • Dawson Casting: A very borderline example of this trope. When Tess and Katharine first meet, Tess has just celebrated her 30th birthday a few days earlier, while Katharine is turning 30 the following week. Melanie Griffith was actually 30 at the time of filming, but Sigourney Weaver was 38. However, the fact that Weaver's character seems much older than she is in comparison to Tess is intentional. Or Katherine could have been lying about her age.
  • Star-Making Role: For Melanie Griffith.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Katherine and Jack owning their own computers is used as a sign of how successful they are. Said computers are also naturally woefully outdated. And of course, the numerous shots of the Twin Towers, particularly in the opening and closing sequences.
  • What Could Have Been: