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Taking Care of Business

Theatrical Release Poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Produced by Geoffrey Taylor
Written by Jill Mazursky
J.J. Abrams
Starring James Belushi
Charles Grodin
Anne De Salvo
Loryn Locklin
Stephen Elliott
Hector Elizondo
Veronica Hamel
Gates McFadden
John de Lancie
Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Editing by William H. Reynolds
Distributed by Hollywood Pictures
Release date(s) August 17, 1990
Running time 107 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Taking Care of Business was a film made in 1990 starring James Belushi and Charles Grodin. It was directed by Arthur Hiller.


Taking Care of Business, or Filofax, as it was released in the UK, tells the story of convict and Chicago Cubs fan Jimmy Dworski (Belushi). Jimmy wins tickets to the World Series. Unfortunately, he still has a couple of days left to serve in prison and the warden won't let him leave and come back. With the help of the other prisoners, Jimmy sneaks out of prison to see the game. On the way, he finds the filofax of uptight yuppie advertising executive Spencer Barnes (Grodin), which promises a reward if it is found. Over the next day, Jimmy takes on the persona of Barnes—staying in Spencer's boss' home, flirting with the boss' daughter, and taking a meeting with a powerful food company magnate (Mako). "Spencer"'s unorthodox methods, such as beating the magnate at tennis and telling him about the poor quality of his food products earns respect from the impressed businessman. Meanwhile, lacking his precious filofax, the real Spencer Barnes is spiraling into the gutter. A series of misunderstandings finally brings Jimmy and Spencer together. Spencer patches up his marriage with his wife, who had become exasperated with his overworking. Jimmy sneaks back into prison and finishes his last couple of days and is released, only to find Spencer waiting to pick him up. With the promise of a beautiful girlfriend and a well-paying job working with Spencer, Jimmy's future looks bright.

The film grossed $20 million in the USA.

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