The Secret of My Success (1987)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life.

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24 November 1998 | ThomasH-2
| Definitely a classic!!!
Very funny at times, serious at others... "The Secret Of My Success" starring Michael J. Fox is one of my all time favorite movies! J. Fox's acting is right on, and the other actors are great too! Fox plays two characters in this film; Brantley Foster and the *made up* Carlton Whitfield. Brantley comes to New York with the hopes of getting a successful business career. He eventually gets a job - as a postal boy! From that point, LOTSA weird things happen as he makes up an identity ('Carlton Whitfield') to get in touch with the other "SUITS" (business men), and to find out more about this beautiful girl that he saw the other day. The character Melrose (John Pankow from TV's "Mad About You") is also very cool. He's Brantley's co-worker at the post office. The character Vera made me crack up a few times too! I think this movie captures the vibe of New York. (Where the storyline is going down) If you get into the main character, it's almost like you're THERE, ya know? See this movie a few times and you'll understand what I mean. The film is backed up by some FANTASTIC music. The Soundtrack is really special! Songwriter/Producer David Foster is the music producer in this picture, and he even made a hard rockin' song with the American multi-platinum selling rock band Night Ranger (who by the way are BACK in the music world with two great new studio albums called "Neverland" and "Seven") for this movie. The song is called "The Secret Of My Success" and is the film's theme. I give this film 10 stars because it's such an enjoyable, entertaining one!

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According to the American Film Institute: "Rastar Production had filed a lawsuit against distributor Universal Studios concerning the dispersal of profits after the breakeven point. No information about the outcome of the lawsuit has been found."


Brantley Foster: Whoa, whoa, listen, I'm going to need your help, both of you.
Fred Melrose: Is it something I could get fired for?
Brantley Foster: Absolutely.
Fred Melrose: I like it!


When Christy comes to work after she and Brantley/Carlton spent the night together, Prescott comes to her office and then she meets him for breakfast. Prescott is wearing a dark suit and red tie. Later, after Brantley meets Christy, and then gets away from Rattigan, Brantley goes to his office to discover Prescott going through Carlton's papers. Prescott is now wearing a light gray suit and a blue tie. He is wearing the light suit in the next scene when he walks in on Brantley and Vera in his (Prescott's) office.

Alternate Versions

There are two different ending sequences. In the first, after they leave the boardroom Fred and Vera meet and start to flirt. Christy and Brantley go into the elevator which stops between floors. In the second version, this scene is ommitted and we cut to several weeks later where the two couples climb into a limo and go the opera. The first shows up on the video releases, whereas the second shows up in broadcast versions.


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Comedy | Romance

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