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How to Get Ahead in Advertising

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Genre  Comedy, Fantasy
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Country  United Kingdom
7/10 IMDb


Director  Bruce Robinson
Initial DVD release  July 10, 2001
Writer  Bruce Robinson
Language  English/German
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Release date  5 May 1989 (1989-05-05) (U.S.)
Music director  David Dundas, Rick Wentworth
Cast  Richard E. Grant (Denis Dimbleby Bagley), Rachel Ward (Julia Bagley), Richard Wilson (John Bristol), Jacqueline Tong (Penny Wheelstock), John Shrapnel (Psychiatrist), Susan Wooldridge (Monica)
Similar movies  The Last Witch Hunter, Jupiter Ascending, The Avengers, Knock Knock, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen

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How to Get Ahead in Advertising is a 1989 British film written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Richard E. Grant and Rachel Ward. The title is a pun and can be literally taken as "How to Get a Head in Advertising".

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Plot

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The movie is a farce about a mentally unstable advertising executive, Denis Dimbleby Bagley (played by Grant), who suffers a nervous breakdown while making an advert for pimple cream. Ward plays his long-suffering but sympathetic wife. Richard Wilson plays John Bristol, Bagley's boss.

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Bagley has a crisis of conscience about the ethics of advertising, which leads to mania. He then develops a boil on his right shoulder that comes to life with a face and voice. The voice of the boil, although uncredited, is that of Bruce Robinson. The boil takes a cynical and unscrupulous view of the advertising profession in contrast to Bagley's new-found ethical concerns. Eventually, Bagley decides to have the boil removed in hospital but moments before he is taken into the operating room, the boil quickly grows into a replica of Bagley's head (only with a moustache) and covers Bagley's original head, asking doctors to lance it, which is done since nobody has noticed the switch from left to right nor the new moustache. Bagley, now with the boil head, moustache, and personality (the movie's third personification from Grant after the stressed executive and the raving lunatic) returns home to celebrate his wedding anniversary, with the original head merely resembling a boil on his left shoulder. The "boil" eventually withers but doesn't die, yet Bagley resumes his advertising career rejuvenated and ruthless, although without his wife, who decides to leave his new cruel persona.

Cast

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  • Richard E. Grant as Denis Dimbleby Bagley
  • Rachel Ward as Julia Bagley
  • Richard Wilson as John Bristol
  • Jacqueline Tong as Penny Wheelstock
  • John Shrapnel as Psychiatrist
  • Susan Wooldridge as Monica
  • Hugh Armstrong as Harry Wax
  • Mick Ford as Richard
  • Jacqueline Pearce as Maud
  • Christopher Simon as Waiter
  • Gino Melvazzi as Waiter
  • Victor Lucas as Tweedy Man
  • Dawn Keeler as Tweedy Woman
  • Kerryann White as Girl in Elevator
  • Vivienne McKone as Sullivan Bristol Receptionist
  • Donald Hoath as Businessman on Train
  • John Levitt as Businessman on Train
  • Gordon Gostelow as Priest
  • Pip Torrens as Jonathan
  • Tony Slattery as Basil
  • Rachel Fielding as Jennifer
  • Pauline Melville as Mrs. Wallace
  • Roddy Maude-Roxby as Dr. Gatty
  • Francesca Longrigg as Nurse
  • Tanveer Ghani as Hospital Doctor
  • Joanna Mays as Phillis Blokey
  • Sean Bean as Larry Frisk
  • Terry Jones as Man on Train (uncredited)
  • Bruce Robinson as the Boil (voice) (uncredited)

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    References

    How to Get Ahead in Advertising Wikipedia
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