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Men at Work (1990 film)

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Genre  Action, Comedy, Crime
Music director  Stewart Copeland
Writer  Emilio Estevez
Language  English
5.9/10 IMDb

Director  Emilio Estevez
Initial DVD release  June 4, 2002
Country  United States
Men at Work (1990 film) movie poster
Release date  August 24, 1990 (1990-08-24)
Cast  Charlie Sheen (Carl Taylor), Emilio Estevez (James St. James), Leslie Hope (Susan Wilkins), Keith David (Louis Fedders), Dean Cameron (Pizza Man), John Getz (Maxwell Potterdam III)
Similar movies  Heroes, Tagget, Final Mission, Black Fire, Lock 'n' Load, General Massacre
Tagline  Two garbagemen who know when something smells funny!

Men at Work is a 1990 American black comedy film written and directed by Emilio Estevez, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Charlie Sheen, Leslie Hope and Keith David. The film was released in the United States on August 24, 1990.


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Men at Work (1990 film) movie scenes

Carl Taylor (Sheen) and James St. James (Estevez) are a pair of troublemaking garbagemen who dream of owning a surf shop. The two uncover an illegal toxic dumping operation in their own city, Las Playas. The film begins with the pair collecting trash as they usually do, by tossing garbage cans in the street and making noise that disturbs the residents. One of the local cops, Mike, hassles them frequently, but Carl and James seem to have gotten used to this treatment and shrug it off.

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After work, the pair spy on a woman living across the street with a telescope; they discover that she is being mistreated by a man who is with her. Determined to right the wrong, Carl shoots the man in the rear with a pellet gun. He and James both hide and laugh. Moments later, the man - a city councilman named Jack Berger (Darrell Larson), who's running for mayor - is strangled and ends up found the next day by Carl and James in a yellow drum. They decide that turning in the body would implicate themselves, as they had shot him earlier.

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Carl and James ask the advice of crazed Vietnam War vet Louis Fedders (Keith David), who helps them to stash the body after reassuring them that the man died by strangulation, not any shooting. Carl goes over to meet Susan Wilkins (Leslie Hope), the woman who they saw with Jack the night before. Louis ends up exacerbating the situation when he kidnaps a pizza delivery man who sees James with the body.

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James, Louis, the pizza man and the stiff end up leaving the apartment to follow Carl and Susan, but they are pulled over by Mike and his partner, Jeff. Louis, however, uses the pellet gun to get them out of trouble and to cuff Mike and Jeff together in a compromising position at a playground. Meanwhile, Carl and Susan are discovered by Biff and Mario, the hitmen who had killed Jack. The couple are eventually stuffed into cans and set to be disposed of in a lake that serves as an illegal toxic dump for a local businessman, Maxwell Potterdam III, who was also the man who had Jack killed.

Carl and Susan manage to escape from the cans and reunite with the others. The group fights the toxic dump workers and brings down Potterdam.


  • Charlie Sheen – Carl Taylor
  • Emilio Estevez – James St. James
  • Keith David – Louis Fedders
  • Leslie Hope – Susan Wilkins
  • Dean Cameron – Pizza Man
  • John Getz – Maxwell Potterdam III
  • Hawk Wolinski – Biff
  • John Lavachielli – Mario
  • Geoffrey Blake – Frost
  • Cameron Dye – Luzinski
  • John Putch – Mike
  • Tommy Hinkley – Jake
  • Darrell Larson – Jack Berger
  • Sy Richardson – Walt Richardson
  • Troy Evans – Captain Dalton
  • Jim "Poorman" Trenton – Narrator
  • Jennifer Badham- Flake Girl
  • Christina Eliason- Stewardess
  • Production

    The original screenplay was tentatively titled Clear Intent and slated to star another Brat Packer alongside Estevez. The majority of the movie was shot in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach in California.


    Considering its relatively small production budget, Men at Work did well in theaters, grossing $16,247,964 USD, $3,184,311 of that within the first week.

    The critical reception for the film was negative to mixed reviews. Men at Work currently holds a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews.


    Men at Work (Rhino/Wea, July 18, 1990)

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    2. "Super Cool" - Sly & Robbie
    3. "Big Pink House" - Tyrants in Therapy
    4. "Feeling Good" - Pressure Drop
    5. "Back to Back" - Blood Brothers
    6. "Take Heed" - Black Uhuru
    7. "Here and Beyond" - Sly & Robbie
    8. "Truthful" - Blood Brothers
    9. "Reggae Ambassador" - Third World
    10. "Give a Little Love" - Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
    11. "Playas Dawn" - Stewart Copeland
    12. "Pink Panther No. 23" - Stewart Copeland


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