Working Girl

Continuity mistake: During the whole scene where Tess says good-bye to her colleagues, up to the moment when she gets out of the elevator, drops her stuff and picks it up her hair is messy and straggly. When she gets up and sees Katherine it's perfectly done up. (01:34:20)


Continuity mistake: From Katherine's office there is a beautiful view on a waterway (New Yorkers will know the name). In every scene there there is a lot of discontinuity regarding the ships and ferries appearing and disappearing, especially when Tess comes to the office the second time to take some notes. (00:16:10)


Continuity mistake: When Tess arrives at Cyn's party at the bar, she finds Mick drinking. She joins him and puts her purse on the table. Mick asks her to dance and the next shot you can see purse strap is back on her shoulder. (00:53:40)

Continuity mistake: When Tess starts working as Katherine's secretary she takes some books out of her box and puts them on the desk. In the next shots the books are back in the box and she takes out a picture. (00:12:43)


Continuity mistake: Tess' hair changes from past her shoulders to shoulder-length during the party and then back again after the party.

Continuity mistake: When Tess is presenting her idea about Trask Industries to Katherine, Katherine is not wearing glasses, you see her reach for them, but instantly she is wearing them, and her hands never went to her face.


Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, in the scene where Tess, Jack, and Mr. Trask exit the elevator that Katherine and others are using, they move to the next elevator to hear Tess' version of how she arrived at the deal. Jack says, "This elevator is open, sir." The shot changes as Jack, Tess, and Mr. Trask go to board this different elevator. The part in Jack's hair is suddenly on the right side of his head, instead of the left side, as in the prior shot. Once in the elevator (just the three of them, now), his hair part is back on his left side. I suspect the film had been reversed.

Continuity mistake: When Griffith and Ford are working together at the table, Ford is smoking a cigar. In the wide shot there's lots of smoke in the air between them, but in their close-ups the smoke is suddenly gone.


Continuity mistake: When Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford are standing on the sidewalk eating and talking, Ford has what looks like mayonnaise on the corner of his mouth. But in the very next shot, from a different angle, it's gone, even though he hasn't wiped his face.


Continuity mistake: When Jack carries a drunken Tess up to his apartment after their first meeting and he unlocks the door, the lock is on his right. When he opens the door, it opens as if the lock is on his left.

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Suggested correction: It only appears as if the lock is opposite because Jack is standing to the left of the actual door not in front of it. When he walks in he would be moving right to walk in.

Continuity mistake: Melanie Griffith has continuing weight gain and loss, throughout the film. Particularly during the drinks scene, when she has short hair, she is slim. The next day in the office (or when she has longer hair) she has a much puffier face. [At the time she had a well-publicized alcoholism problem. The puffiness was when she was drinking most heavily; the thinner scenes were when she was not. That is the explanation, but a mistake nonetheless.]

Continuity mistake: The timing of the ending is all wrong. First, we see Tess at Cyn's engagement party; then, no more than a week or two later is the business meeting where Katherine storms in and "outs" Tess. We then next see Tess at Cyn's wedding, a perfectly planned affair with fitted bridesmaid dresses and everything - implying that some time has passed, since it takes much longer than a few weeks to pull a wedding like that together. This seems to be bolstered by next seeing Tess going back into the office to get her stuff back, and Katherine's broken leg is now out of its cast, and she has a cane. BUT - Tess goes back into the office to get her stuff, which would imply that only a few days at most has passed - who leaves their stuff very long in an office where they've just been fired? Also, she runs into Katherine putting the finishing touches on the deal - it doesn't seem likely that the deal, which was agreed upon in the meeting, would take very long to be finally finished. The business world as depicted in the movie moves very fast.

Continuity mistake: During the whole scene where Tess says good-bye to her colleagues, up to the moment when she gets out of the elevator, drops her stuff and picks it up her hair is messy and straggly. When she gets up and sees Katherine it's perfectly done up. (01:34:20)


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Trivia: Catherine tosses a huge black gorilla to Tess as she gets off the helicopter. This was an inside joke reference to "Gorillas in the Mist" which Sigourney Weaver had just finished filming and was released only three months before this movie.

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Question: If Jack and Katherine were a couple, how is it that Jack doesn't recognize Katherine's office when he goes there to confirm him and Tess to start working on the Trask deal?

Answer: It is also stated in the movie that Katherine just transferred down from Boston, and she is staying at her parents house. She also mentions in another scene that her and Jack are now in the same city. Plus Tess helps plan her welcome party to get to know others in her department indicating that she is new there. Maybe Jack had not got a chance to visit her office yet, which would explain why he would not have known.

Answer: Unless Katherine had recently moved to a new office, which it does not appear that she did, then Jack should know this was her office. However, it is also possible that he had just never been there before and they only saw each other outside of work. When Jack went to see Tess, he had a specific business reason for going there.

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