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The Temp (1993)

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Nice guy junior exec Peter doesn't play dirty but unfortunately, some of his colleagues do. In comes Kris, his new temp, who is bright and efficient and saves him. She's willing to play dirty for Peter.

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Tom Holland

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Kevin Falls (story), Tom Engelman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Peter Derns
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Kris Bolin
Dwight Schultz ... Roger Jasser
Oliver Platt ... Jack Hartsell
Steven Weber ... Brad Montroe
Colleen Flynn ... Sara Meinhold
Faye Dunaway ... Charlene Towne
Scott Coffey ... Lance
Dakin Matthews ... Dr. Feldman
Maura Tierney ... Sharon Derns
Lin Shaye ... Rosemary
Michael Winters ... Mercer
Daniel C. Swanson Daniel C. Swanson ... Nathan Derns (as Danny Swanson)
Demene Hall ... Marla Higgins (as Demene E. Hall)
Jesse Vint ... Larry
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Storyline

A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good to be true, doing tasks at a fast pace and doing quite a bit of creative work for the project. The executive starts noticing that all the obstacles to his climb up the corporate ladder are disappearing, including the death of some of his rivals. When his regular admin returns to work, his temp, who has made it clear that she wishes to stay with him, begins her own accelerated climb up the ladder, and he begins wondering if she was responsible for the removal of the obstacles. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Don't get mad. Get promoted.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambición fatal See more »

Filming Locations:

North Coast, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,877,744, 15 February 1993

Gross USA:

$6,419,876

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,419,876
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role played by Faye Dunaway was first offered to Diane Ladd: Dunaway and Ladd had both appeared in the film Chinatown (1974) in which Ladd's character impersonates Dunaway's. Dunaway was given the role as she was agreeable to a lesser fee than that asked by Ladd and also did not wish the star billing which Ladd did. See more »

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Though the movie takes place in Portland, Oregon, one of the characters is listening to a Seattle radio station, which would not be available in Portland. See more »

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Charlene Towne: [gasping] The picture! The picture!
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Where's my coffee?
10 March 2007 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

THE TEMP is one of those glossy 90s office thrillers that you can watch with one eye closed, walk away from it for a few minutes, come back to it and not miss a thing. Michael Douglas made one of these as well, 1994's DISCLOSURE. Lara Flynn Boyle, the main reason for watching this, plays a nutjob temp who fills in for corporate exec Tim Hutton's regular secretary. Pretty soon, his in-office competitors and acquaintances are dropping like flies, and the very existence of the company is threatened -- all thanks to the evil machinations of the delectable and obsessed Ms. Boyle, who is lots of fun to watch as she slithers about and whispers dire warnings in her boss' ear. Hutton perhaps plays his part a little too straight, but old-timer Faye Dunaway as the beleaguered company head tears up the scenery in every one of her too-few scenes. Dunaway at least knows when she's working a turkey jerky. Try watching Boyle and not think of her in WAYNE'S WORLD, by the way. She played a similar nutjob in that comedy classic.


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