In this 80’s movie, Working Girl, Tess McGill, played by Melanie Griffith, is a struggling secretary, trying her best to get ahead in the New York City business world. She is at first glad that her new boss, Katherine (Sigourney Weaver), is willing to hear her ideas, but while Katherine is absent from work due to a skiing injury, she finds out that she was planning on stealing one of her ideas and passing it off as her own. Furious, she teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) to work on a big deal, using her great idea to further her career.
Melanie Griffith’s career began as a model at just nine months old. She then moved into acting around the age of 14. She has been seen on many episodes of Saturday Night Live. She has also starred in films such as Paradise, Born Yesterday, Nobody’s Fool, Buffalo Girls, A Stranger Among Us, Milk Money, Now and Then, Lolita, Bonfire of the Vanities, Another Day in Paradise, and Crazy in Alabama. This talented actress was also nominated for an Oscar.
Co-star Harrison Ford has also been nominated for an Oscar, and won many other awards throughout his successful acting career. He is well known for films like A Time for Killing, American Graffiti, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, Air Force One, What Lies Beneath, Random Hearts, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Alec Baldwin, who plays Tess’s boyfriend, is arguably the most famous of the Baldwin brothers, and has appeared in a long list of films, such as Beetle Juice, Prelude to a Kiss, Notting Hill, Pearl Harbor, Cats & Dogs, Along Came Polly, The Aviator, Elizabethtown, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Departed, Running with Scissors, The Good Shepherd, and My Best Friend’s Girl. He has also been featured on episodes of famous shows like Saturday Night Live and Will and Grace, and is most recently recognized from his Emmy-winning role on 30 Rock.
Well-known actress Sigourney Weaver is known for her roles in Annie Hall, Ghostbusters, Dave, Holes, Be Kind Rewind, Vantage Point, Baby Mama, Heartbreakers, Imaginary Heroes, and Aliens, which got her an Oscar nomination.
Many scenes from the film were shot in the New Brighton section of Staten Island, but several key scenes were shot in the heart of Manhattan. The office scenes were filmed at 1 State Street Plaza at the corner of Whitehall and State Street, while the lobby and elevator scenes were shot at 7 World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11th attacks. One Chase Manhattan Plaza was featured at the end as the Trask Industries building. Fans will recognize St. Philip’s Church on York Street from the movie’s wedding scene. The downtown heliport near Wall Street is where Melanie Griffith’s character met Sigourney Weaver’s character after her ski trip. Finally, take a walk down to the historic South Street Seaport and check out Caroline’s Comedy Club, located on the pier. The bar area was featured in the film.
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