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Men at Work

Epic Productions / Euphoria Films Production Released 1990



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Emilio Estevez

Men at Work is a movie about two dysfunctional garbage collectors whose chronic bad behavior ultimately gets them into a world of trouble. In the film, Carl Taylor and James St. James would rather do just about anything than pick up the garbage. They dream of owning a surf shop, but mostly just make life difficult for the people on their route. One day, while spying on a woman who lives across the street, they see her being beaten up by a local politician named Jack Berger. Carl and James shoot the man in the butt with a pellet gun to teach him a lesson, but things take a turn for the worse when they discover him dead the next day in one of their garbage cans. Afraid that they will be blamed for the death, Carl and James try to cover up the death. This only leads to more trouble for them and eventually puts their lives in jeopardy.


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      • Domestic Gross - $16,247,964 (73rd)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $31,343,590

      • Filming locations:
        Hermosa Beach, California
        Los Angeles, California
        Redondo Beach, California

      • Taglines:
        1. Cleaning up in August at theaters everywhere.
        2. Two garbagemen who know when something smells funny!

      • Music:
        Wear You To The Ball
        Performed by UB40
        Written by John Holt
        Super Cool
        Performed by Sly & Robbie
        Written by Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar and Robbie Lynn
        Big Pink House
        Performed by Tyrants in Therapy
        Written by Michael Jay and Terry Shaddick
        Feeling Good
        Performed by Pressure Drop
        Written by Justin Langlands, Michael Puxley and Gareth Casker
        Move Something
        Performed by 2 Live Crew
        Written by Luther Campbell, Brother Marquis, Mr. Mixx and Fresh Kid Ice
        Back to Back
        Performed by Blood Brothers
        Written by Justin Langlands and Dave Henley
        RPG Blues
        Performed by Kent Richards, Tymm Rocco and Bobby Gabriele
        Written by Kent Richards and Tymm Rocco
        Pump Up the Jam
        Performed by Technotronic
        Written by Thomas De Quincey and Manuela Kamosi
        Take Heed
        Performed by Black Uhuru
        Written by Euvin Spencer
        Here and Beyond
        Performed by Sly & Robbie
        Written by Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar and Robbie Lynn
        Performed by Blood Brothers
        Written by Justin Langlands and Dave Henley
        Reggae Ambassador
        Performed by Third World
        Written by W. Clarke, M. Cooper, S. Coore, R. Daley and W. Stewart
        Give A Little Love
        Performed by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers
        Written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond

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