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The Secret of My Success (April 10, 1987)

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BRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION

Brantley Foster goes to New York City, fresh out of college, convinced he’s going to conquer the business world within a month. Reality gives him a harsh slap in the face when the only job he can get is in the Mail Room of his Uncle’s company. Until…while looking around an abandoned office, he answers a phone call that sets the ball rolling for deception, romance and the danger of a multiple personality complex.

GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

GENRE: Romantic Comedy
TAGLINES: There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Brantley Foster took two weeks.
SETTING: New York City, New York; USA
FILMING LOCATIONS:
–Somers, New York; USA
–Kaufman, Astoria Studios, New York; USA
–New York, New York, USA
U.S. RELEASE DATE: April 10, 1987
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes; 1 hour 50 minutes
RATING: PG-13
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $7,766,452
TOTAL GROSS USA: $66,995,000

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: AJ Carothers, jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr.
DIRECTOR: Herbert Ross
PRODUCER: Herbert Ross
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Chasman
EDITOR: Paul Hirsch
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Carlo Di Palma
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Peter Larkin, Edward Pisoni, Susan Bode
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: David Foster
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Universal Title
MAKE-UP BY: Fern Buchner
HAIR STYLIST: Joseph Coscia
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Rastar Pictures, Universal Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures
ASPECT RATIO: 1:85:1
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CAST:: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Brantley ‘Carlton Whitfield’ Foster…Michael J. Fox
Christinia Wills…Helen Slater
Howard Prescott…Richard Jordan
Vera Prescott…Margaret Whitton
Fred Melrose…John Rankow
Barney Rattigan…Christopher Murney
Art Thomas…Gerry Bammon
Donald Davenport…Fred Gwynne
Jean Carol…Ann Susi
Grace Foster…Elizabeth Franz
Brut Foster…Drew Snyder
Maureen…Susan Kellerman
Arnold Forbush…Barton Heyman
Sheila…Mercedes Ruehl
Owens…Ira Wheeler
Fletcher…Ashley J. Laurence
McMasters…Rex Robbins
Davis…Christopher Durang
Ferguson…MacIntyre Dixon
Ron…Bill Fagerbakke
Davidson…Jack Davidson
Proctor…John Bowman
Executives…Jeff Brooks, Ascanio Sharpe, Don Amendolia
Mrs. Meacham…Judith Malina
Research Department Clerk…Mary Catherine Wright
Shipping Executive…Joseph Ragno
Fired Executive…Burke Pearson
Liquor Store Owner…Ray Ramirez
Wife of Liquor Store Owner…Gloria Irizarry
Maintenance Men…Mark Margolis, Rick Aviles
Man in KRS Building…John Capodice
Woman in KRS Building…Sally-Jane Heit
Harried KRS Executive…Richard Arthur Gallo
Cuban…Luis Ramos
Stunt Coordinator…Vic Magnotta
Stunts: Danny Aiello III, Bill Anagnos, Nicholas Giangiulio, Lance Guecia, Don Hewitt, Jerry Hewitt, Edgard Mourino, Phil Neilson, Michael Russo, Konrad Sheehan, Gary Talon, Tom Wright

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SOUNDTRACK LISTING :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Riskin’ a Romance…Siobhan Fahey, Ollie Marland, Paul Weller…Bananarama
Sometimes the Good Guys Finish First…Pat Benatar, Khris McDaniels, Holly Knight…Pat Benatar
The Price of Love…David Foster, Jack Blades…Roger Daltrey
El Cayuco…Tito Puente…El Chicano
El Munequito…Francisco Cruz…El Haitianito
Gazebo…David Foster…David Foster (Instrumental)
Walking on Sunshine…Kimberley Rew…Katrina and the Waves
Geek Boogie…Ira Newborn…Ira Newborn and the Geeks
The Secret of My Success…David Foster, Jack Blades, Torne Keane, Michael Landau…Night Ranger
Feliz Cumbe…Francisco Cruz…Papo Cadena su sax y orquesta
Something I Gotta Do…David Foster, Danny Peck, Tim DuBois…Restless Heart
Heaven and the Heartaches…David Cumming, Jeff Nead…Taxxi
Come Get My Love…Robert Marcial…TKA
Theme from Jaws…John Williams…Instrumental
Oh Yeah…Boris Bland, Dieter Meier…Yello

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AWARDS

The Golden Globe Awards, 1988
NOMINEE: David Foster, Jack Blades, Tome Keane &
Michael Landau
CATEGORY: Best Original Song in a Motion Picture: “The Secret of My Success”
RESULT: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Continuity Errors

When Brantley drives Vera homes, she invites him in for a drink. After taking his frist drink, he throws the remaining contents over his shoulder. In the next shot, his glass is still half full.

When Christy steals Brantley’s notes, they are in a red folder. When Howard returns these notes to her, they are in a manilla folder. When Brantley discovers them in Christy’s bag, they are back in the red folder.

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Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

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