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BTDesign Award
Swimming With Sharks (1995)

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Michelle Forbes, Benicio Del Toro, T. E. Russell, Roy Doltrice, Matthew Flynt, Patrick Fischler, Jerry Levine

Director(s): George Huang

Language: English

Genre: Comedy


Buddy Ackerman is a vicious, egomaniacal, tyrannical, back-stabbing movie mogul. Guy is the idealistic, easily intimidated, put-upon assistant who now works for Buddy. Their relationship could be described as sado-masochistic: Buddy treats his employee like a slave and constantly yells vitriolic insults at him. Guy, tail between his legs, always acquiesces. But Guy eventually becomes fed-up with his boss, so much so that he exacts revenge--in a rather violent, torturous way...


motleymitch wrote on July 14, 2006, 12:35 pm
A really good Boss-From-Hell flick. Spacey is excellent as a Hollywood producer, constantly insulting, degrading and humiliating his employees, particularily Whaley's character - his new personal assistant.
No doubt we've all been in this uncomfortable situation with one job or other (I've had plenty, particularily producer-types). It hits a lot of truths, even though it's a little over-the-top at times. I've always wanted to grip my hands around the throats of a few old bosses....

Jefferygn wrote on July 14, 2006, 1:33 pm
Decent film, but all I could throughout was how if I were Kevin Spacey I would treat Frank Whiley the same way. What a whiny little geek/dork/irritant. He *deserved* to be treated like shite.
motleymitch wrote on July 14, 2006, 1:39 pm
True enough, his character was annoying. This was all Spacey.

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