Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford talking and eating burritos out in the city streets

Working Girl

Introduction by Maria Bell
Screening on Film
Directed by Mike Nichols.
With Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith.
US, 1988, 35mm, color, 110 min.
Print source: HFA

Mike Nichols had a remarkable career as a director, spanning decades and bringing audiences noted films including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967) and the more recent Closer (2004). Within these decades—1988 to be exact—Nichols created Working Girl. In this lighthearted romantic drama, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver play distinctive business roles on Wall Street: one a secretary, the other an executive, respectively. Griffith’s character longs for more power, and when the perfect opportunity to prove herself arises, she takes it, but at a cost. Griffith, though certainly the star of the film, was oddly billed below Weaver and other co-star Harrison Ford, likely due to her only rising popularity at the time. Though distinctly a product of its time, Working Girl effectively and comically demonstrates the evolving role of women in the once male-dominated world of business.

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