Taking Care of Business

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

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Taking Care of Business Description

Taking Care of Business (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Taking Care of Business” is a comedy film released in 1990, directed by Arthur Hiller. The movie stars James Belushi as Jimmy Dworski and Charles Grodin as Spencer Barnes.

The story follows Jimmy Dworski, a fun-loving and carefree convict who wins a pair of tickets to the World Series in a radio contest. Jimmy is a huge baseball fan and is determined not to miss the game. However, he has to serve time in prison and is unable to attend the match.

By a twist of fate, the prison guard who was supposed to transport Jimmy to jail gets into an accident, and Jimmy is left temporarily free. He decides to make the most of his opportunity and sets out to go to the baseball game. Meanwhile, uptight advertising executive Spencer Barnes loses his Filofax, which contains critical business notes, and it falls into Jimmy’s hands.

As Jimmy assumes Spencer’s identity, he is mistaken for the successful executive and starts living the high life. At the same time, Spencer finds himself in various humorous and awkward situations as he tries to retrieve his lost Filofax and his real identity.

“Taking Care of Business” is known for its light-hearted humor, mismatched identities, and the comedic chemistry between James Belushi and Charles Grodin. The film celebrates the joy of seizing unexpected opportunities and the value of living in the moment.

The film received mixed reviews from critics but has found a following among fans of fun and entertaining comedies with a dose of mistaken identity and hilarious situations.

“Taking Care of Business” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking an amusing and feel-good comedy that showcases the power of spontaneity and the impact of embracing life’s unexpected adventures.

Taking Care of Business Cast
  • James Belushi: Jimmy Dworski
  • Charles Grodin: Spencer Barnes
  • Mako: Mr. Sakamoto
  • Héctor Elizondo: the Warden
  • Veronica Hamel: Elizabeth Barnes
  • Stephen Elliott: Walter Bentley
  • Loryn Locklin: Jewel Bentley
  • John de Lancie: Ted Bradford Jr.
  • Gates McFadden: Diane Connors
  • Anne De Salvo: Debbie Lipton
  • Burke Byrnes: Prison Guard

Taking Care of Business Crew
  • Director: Arthur Hiller
  • Producer: Geoffrey Taylor
  • Writers: Jill Mazursky and JJ Abrams
  • Music: Stewart Copeland

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