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.


Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez

James St. James

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

Carl Taylor

Keith David

Keith David

Louis Fedders

Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Susan Wilkins

John Getz

John Getz

Maxwell Potterdam III

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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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