Taking Care of Business (1990)

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An uptight advertising exec has his entire life in a filofax organizer which mistakenly ends up in the hands of a friendly convict who poses as him.


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22 April 2004 | ric_me_ric
Belushi's Best
this is one of my favourite film, if not my favourite film of all time. i thought it was absolutely great and i can watch it and watch it again without getting bored of it! its funny, got a good plot and is a really enjoyable film. the film hasnt really made it big anywhere (as you can tell from the amount of votes on this website) but i would advise it to anyone because the film is great. i think belushi plays his part brilliantly and he is a great actor in film like k9 and k911, many more also!

the film is fun and there is no doubt that i would give this film 10/10 and i cannot fault the film!- please watch if you have not seen it- you will not be let down.

One of my personal favourites!

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Did You Know?


The scene where the real Spencer Barnes asks the gang members for directions was filmed on the same street and block as the shootout (opening) scene in Predator 2 (1990).


Jimmy Dworski: Half a day. Just a half a day. I'll make it up when I come back. I'll give you 2 weeks.
Jimmy Dworski: OK OK I'll give you 2 weeks solitary.
Warden Toolman: No can do.
Jimmy Dworski: Aw, COME ON! Lighten up, will ya? This game is SO important to me. It REALLY is. Come on this is just a minimum ...
Jimmy Dworski: ...


When Elizabeth Barnes calls Spencer/Jimmy at the mansion, Jewel tells him that Elizabeth is calling. He is splashing underwater when she tells him, and he tells Jewel to say that he's busy after coming up for air. When your head is underwater, and the water is splashing, you can't hear anything. Therefore, he couldn't possibly hear Jewel tell him who was calling.

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical release was cut by 22 seconds to remove strong language (i.e. uses of "fuck") and secure a 12 certificate:

  • [Reel 1] Black prisoner during baseball game in prison yard: "Shut the fuck up!"
  • [Reel 2] James Belushi as he enters opulent mansion: "I'm in fucking 'Dynasty'!"
  • [Reel 3] Belushi to men in tennis gear: "I got a great fucking job, don't I?"
  • After white-suited Belushi admires himself in mirror: "Fucking A, man!"
All video/DVD releases are uncut and rated 15.


Yo Baby Yo
Written by Baber, Lewis, Mallison, Isaacs, Constant
Performed by Party Posse
Courtesy of Zomba Recording Corp.


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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,620,054 19 August 1990

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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