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The Boss' Wife (1986)

R | | Comedy | 7 November 1986 (USA)
Joel Keefer is a stockbroker trying to climb the corporate ladder. There's only one thing stopping him - his boss' beautiful and flirtatious wife.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Stern ... Joel Keefer
Arielle Dombasle ... Louise Roalvang
Fisher Stevens ... Carlos Delgado
Melanie Mayron ... Janet Keefer
Lou Jacobi ... Harry Taphorn
Martin Mull ... Tony Dugdale
Christopher Plummer ... Mr. Roalvang
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Suzy Dugdale
Robert Costanzo ... Eddie
Thalmus Rasulala ... Barney
Jack Andreozzi ... Doorman
Freddye Chapman Freddye Chapman ... Marge
John Harwood John Harwood ... Roalvang Aide
Stanley Ralph Ross ... Ticket Taker
Jim Hudson ... Cop


Joel Keefer is a stockbroker trying to climb the corporate ladder. There's only one thing stopping him - his boss' beautiful and flirtatious wife.

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If you want success, you've got to grab it. See more »




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Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher do Chefe See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carlos Delgado: To tell you the gods honest truth, I used to use a table. But it broke. From a fat person. Weighed 300lbs at least. Table just collapsed. Killed my cat. Poor bastard.
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Wtitten by John Coltrane
Performed by Tito Puente & His Latin Ensemble
Courtesy of Concord Picante Records
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Wonderful light comedy
16 November 2005 | by CamargueSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time favorite light comedy offerings. Christopher Plummer is a master as the neurotic Mr. Roalvang who simply cannot bear to be challenged. He is able to cause his wimpy employee, Daniel Stern, to succumb to his demands by confronting him with a question: "Are you challenging me, Smokey?" Another absolute comic genius is Martin Mull, who becomes more obnoxious the harder he tries to be the favored employee, Tony Dugdale. But none of these three men can deal with the problems caused by the overly, overtly, demandingly erotic Mrs. Roalvang (Arielle Dombasle).

Much of the action takes place on a train, or there are references to trains. Mr. Roalvang even has his lunch delivered on an electric toy train. There is a great scene when Mrs. Roalvang does her bombastic walk through the train station.

The writing is terrific. The actors are great. I have to watch it at least once a year for a laugh fix. I rank it with "Long, Long, Trailer" or "Mr. Blanding's Builds His Dream House."

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