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The Secret of My Success

6.51 h 50 min1987X-RayPG
Michael J. Fox conquers the business world and maneuvers his way from the mailroom to the boardroom in two weeks in this hilarious and charming lampoon of corporate life.
Herbert Ross
Michael J. FoxHelen SlaterRichard Jordan
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Margaret WhittonJohn PankowChristopher MurneyGerry BammanFred GwynneCarol-Ann SusiElizabeth Franz
Herbert Ross
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1760 global ratings

  1. 77% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Vasily PughReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A charming comedy that holds up very well today.
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I remember seeing the trailer for 'A Secret of My Success' at my local cinema (was I watching 'Vice Versa' or something...can't remember) and though I loved 'Back to the Future', this struck me as a bit 'adult'. Not in content, but this was more above yuppies, relationships and the boardroom and I was fairly sure there wasn't going to be a decent car chase in it. That said, I did catch it on tv over subsequent years and always enjoyed it. Yet seeing it again on Prime gave me a new appreciation for it. It's kind of a take on 'Wall Street' mixed with 'Cocktail' and you can totally believe that Michael J Fox could charm anyone he comes in contact with. Helen Slater, forever burnt into my mind as Supergirl, was a good leading lady while Richard Jordan and Margaret Whitton are great as his yuppie relatives who play VERY different help to the young hero. A special mention goes to John Pankow, an actor I look out for as he's in one of my favourite films, 'To Live & Die in LA'. Obviously, he's very different here.
'Secret of my Success' isn't uproariously funny and instantly quotable - it's not that kind of film. Yet its a charming reminder of the 80s and how a film could just leave you smiling after it finished. Try find one today that does that!
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Chris J BerryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Blend of Romcom and Sitcom
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Released in the eighties, this film continues to be a favourite of mine, and again dominates a prominent place in my collection. Bradley Foster (Michael J Fox) gazes towards the Big Apple to realise business success in the high-flying executive world there. Anyone familiar with Fox’s comedy films will find it difficult to keep a straight face with this one. Turning up for an arranged interview, he finds he has been fired before stepping into the job. Determined to succeed, He visits his uncle’s huge company as a last resort, and through sheer audacity and determination, managers to get an interview with him: eventually securing a post in the mail delivery department. With one foot in the door, he secretly begins to step up the executive ladder by the back door, closely scrutinised by the devious manager of the mail department. The result is an hilarious series of events where Fox adopts the use of a split personality. During this process, he falls in love with one of the female executives (Helen Slater). Unaware she has been promiscuously targeted by his uncle, he suddenly finds he has been targeted himself by his uncle’s wife. The film is full of embarrassing close encounters for Fox, and ends in a riotous sitcom following an executive gathering. As each try to achieve access to their respective partners during the night, the cat is let out of the bag between Fox and Slater, but ends in blissful companionship. A classic DVD that constantly entertains me as if the first time... CJB
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R. ODELLReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and entertaining all the way through
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Love this movie, as with many Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater movies, this was entertaining all the way through.
This is a movie you can watch every year and it never gets old, obviously it's an old movie but thoroughly enjoyable 😊
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W F HeyesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 January 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic Eighties Comedy
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When films were so simple! Just love the innocence and gentle humour this film brings at a time when Fox was at the top of his game. The pulsating, synthesised music, to the look and feel of the cinematography, makes this a classic eighties comedy at it's very best. If you lived though that era, you'll love this film as you'll recognise a time when lifestyles were growing, the pace speeding up, but, not yet the manic existence that we live today. No gross out comedy here, just simple, old fashioned situation comedy at it's very best with Fox driving forward the gags and humour. Great! Highly recommend for a touch of nostalgia!
13 people found this helpful
M. HancockReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it!
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Love this film! 80’s films are always the best! Michael J Fox is cute and funny as we watch him try to become successful in the big city and win over the woman of his dreams!
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marian K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth sticking with
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A far-fetched tale with a soundtrack that is terrible for most of the film. However, in the 2nd half, it has some really funny scenes and becomes a fine comedy of errors. Worth a watch.
punisher78Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute classic
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I loved this film as a kid and now love it as an adult. About as 80’s as movies get. This tale of a poor boy in the mailroom ‘conning’ his way to the top is lighthearted and funny.

Very little to offend and lots to stuff
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Mr. R. G. HarrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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The soundtrack was all broken up, right from the start and at every point through the movie where I tested this - so I have no idea if the movie is as good as the other reviews suggest... ! Can somebody please fix this and then let me know that it ha been fixed ? I would like to try watching it again... ! Thank you. :-)
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