“The Secret of My Succe$s” quotes

(1987)
Movie The Secret of My Succe$s
Title The Secret of My Succe$s
Year 1987
Director Herbert Ross
Genre Comedy, Romance
Plot – Brantley Foster is an intelligent but poor guy. After graduation, he decides to gain success in New York, where he has a distant uncle. The rich and powerful Howard Prescott hires him as messenger in the mail room of his giant multinational company. Brantley isn't deterred from the easy job, and he's ready to seize the first possible opportunity to emerge. In fact, he settles down in an empty office, giving orders by phone. Assuming he's a newly hired executive and given a false name, he claims a secretary too. From that moment on, Brantley lives two different lives in a continuing whirlwind of transformations, since the role of manager requires a suit with tie, while the messenger is dressed much less formal. Clothes changes take place even in the elevator, between frenetic races to fill both roles. Everything goes well and Prescott doesn't suspect the real activities of his nephew. Brantley proves to be a really capable manager as he can easily read all the documents of the company during his work as messenger, discovering so the company is indeed in crisis.
All actors – Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton, John Pankow, Christopher Murney, Gerry Bamman, Fred Gwynne, Carol Ann Susi, Elizabeth Franz, Drew Snyder, Susan Kellermann, Barton Heyman, Mercedes Ruehl, Ira Wheeler, Ashley J. Laurence, Rex Robbins, Christopher Durang, MacIntyre Dixon, Bill Fagerbakke, Jack Davidson, John Bowman, Jeff Brooks, Ascanio Sharpe, Don Amendolia, Judith Malina, Mary Catherine Wright, Joseph Ragno, Burke Pearson, Ray Ramirez, Gloria Irizarry, Mark Margolis, Rick Aviles, John Capodice, Sally-Jane Heit, Richard Arthur Gallo, Luis Antonio Ramos, Cindy Crawford, R. Emmett Fitzsimmons, Elain R. Graham, London Hall, Bruce McGill, Tatjana Patitz, Rhoda Robinson
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  • “Please God, help me get out of this. I swear I'll go all over the world telling people not to screw the boss's wife.”
    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
  • “- Christy Wills: Why do you keep saying the exact opposite of what I say?
    - Brantley Foster: Because you keep saying such stupid things.”

    Helen Slater - Christy Wills
    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
  • “- Fred Melrose: Not the suits, man! You never consort with the suits unless they consort with you first.
    - Brantley Foster: Wait a minute, that's ridiculous! He's a person, I'm a person. I can't say hello to him?
    - Fred Melrose: He's not a person, he's a suit! You're mailroom. No consorting.”

    John Pankow - Fred Melrose
    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
  • “- Brantley Foster: At least I didn't sleep with the boss.
    - Christy Wills: No, you slept with the boss's wife!”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    Helen Slater - Christy Wills
    [Tag:boss, cheating, sex]
  • “All right, listen up. If there are any bugs in here, or rats, or anything that has more legs than I do, you just stay on your side of the room, okay? I'll stay on mine. I should warn you, I'm packing an iron.”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    [Tag:insects, weapons]
  • “- Brantley Foster: Some of this stuff doesn't make any sense. They send requisitions through two departments to get procurements for a third. What kind of thinking is that?
    - Fred Melrose: That's suit thinking. Something happens to a man when he puts on a necktie. Cuts off all the oxygen to his brain.”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    John Pankow - Fred Melrose
  • “- Brantley Foster: I like you, I really like you, but I gotta tell you, I have become seriously and emotionally involved with someone who isn't my aunt.
    - Vera Prescott: I forgive you, Brantley.”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    Margaret Whitton - Vera Prescott
  • “- Brantley Foster: No! No exceptions! I want this job, I need it, I can do it. Everywhere I've been today there's always been something wrong, too young, too old, too short, too tall. whatever the exception is, I can fix it. I can be older, I can be taller, I can be anything.
    - Mrs. Meacham: Can you be a minority woman?”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    Judith Malina - Mrs. Meacham
    [Tag:ethnicity, girl, job]
  • “- Grace Foster: Take this. It's Uncle Howard's phone number in New York.
    - Brantley Foster: I've got an uncle in New York?
    - Grace Foster: My cousin Ellen married his half-sister's nephew, before she got bit by that dog and died.”

    Elizabeth Franz - Grace Foster
    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
  • “- Vera Prescott: I'm going to introduce you to the most powerful money men in New York, and if you can do to them what you've done to me...
    - Brantley Foster: I can't do that!
    - Vera Prescott: I mean bowl them over, darling! You're irresistible when you turn on that boyish charm.”

    Margaret Whitton - Vera Prescott
    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    [Tag:charm, new york, power]
  • “- Brantley Foster: What's up? You seem kind of upset.
    - Christy Wills: I hate men.
    - Brantley Foster: Well! Glad I'm not one of 'em.”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    Helen Slater - Christy Wills
    [Tag:hatred, men]
  • “- Brantley Foster: We have a problem.
    - Vera Prescott: What?
    - Brantley Foster: It's your husband: he's my boss.
    - Vera Prescott: O-oh, him. We won't tell him. Besides, Howard's working late tonight - on whom, I have no idea.”

    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    Margaret Whitton - Vera Prescott
  • “- Brantley Foster: You know, somebody sold you a bill of goods and convinced you you had to be 21 forever. That's bullshit. I think you're terrific; I think the only thing wrong with you is your husband is a jerk. You're beautiful, you're intelligent, you're sensuous...
    - Vera Prescott: Say that again!
    - Brantley Foster: Which part?
    - Vera...” (continue)
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    Michael J. Fox - Brantley Foster
    Margaret Whitton - Vera Prescott
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