Head Office (1985)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy

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Upon graduation from college with a business degree, John Issel is promptly hired by Helmes's company I.N.C. At INC, the one who gets ahead, does it by kissing ass, or over someone else's ... See full summary »

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26 February 2006 | thewakinghour
| Different from, well, any other film, kind of.
A very odd movie, this.

By no means a great, or more than mildly entertaining, movie In other words a Judd H. trademark flick. HOWEVER, many of the scenes have haunted me since first seeing it upon its debut, never to see it again since.

Certain scenes and lines are incredible funny, or perverse: especially Eddie Albert's president. The board meetings are all incredible funny. Albert's reaction at a board meeting to a anti-government bombing of "Mr. Chicken" franchises results in a speech that is completely absurd, and yet it differs very little from the speeches given by real business leaders and politicians who link what is now called "globalization" with the exercise of human rights.

Devito IS also good, but in a side story. And Don King spouts wonderful nonsense, ignored by everyone, in a cameo made during the brief period he, and his hairstyle, were seen as charmingly wacky.

It is worth seeing, should you run across it and do not expect too much.

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Did You Know?


3 of the characters have the same last names as former American presidents: Bob Nixon (Ron Frazier), Mike Hoover (Wallace Shawn), & Al Kennedy (Bruce Wagner).


Pete Helmes: Hi. My name is Pete Helmes. 30 years ago, I started a small company called INC Bearing and Tool, and with these balls of steel I built INC International. Now, we produce over 10,000 products, from a 50-megaton nuclear warhead to a creamer, nuttier ...


When Jack is first shown his new office in Complaints, the name plate by his door appears and disappears between shots.

Alternate Versions

The TV network version has various additional scenes which include:

  • Jack walking across a basketball court and shooting a basket with some player friends of his while on his way to his first day at INC.
  • Additional bit of dialog between Helms and General Toliver in the helicopter.
  • A scene of Jack buying a Rolling Stones magazine at a corner news stand and the first introduction Robert Hoover and Al Kennedy bickering about Helms.
  • Additional dialog between Jack and Jane in her office telling him that "information is power."
  • Another bit of dialog where Kennedy discuses INC's plans for a proxy fight over a company called West Oil during the board meeting in which Helms disagrees.
  • Helms detailing INC's strengths in another bit while discussing an unpaid phone bill over a client.
  • Kennedy telling Jane about him quitting INC and his plan for asking Helms to join a Los Angeles office during the board meeting scene with the little German-speaking man.
  • Additional scene of Jack first arriving at Helms' house and a frantic Kennedy trying to talk to Helms during his morning jog around his back garden about an Los Angeles job and being set upon by a guard dog as well as treading across a reflecting pond to keep up with him.


Performed by
Bruce Witkin
Written by Bruce Witkin
Produced by John Harrington


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