The Efficiency Expert (1991)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film, Workplace Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 6, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Also released as Spotswood, The Efficiency Expert stars Anthony Hopkins as Wallace, a cold-blooded management consultant, infamous for radically "downsizing" every firm he comes in contact with. Wallace's latest assignment is to streamline a small, family-owned shoe factory in Australia. As he gets to know the eccentric (and endearingly inefficient) factory workers, Wallace undergoes a slow-but-sure "humanizing" process. Eventually realizing that he can simultaneously cut costs and preserve the dignity of the workers, he finds a way to modernize the operation without a single firing. In traditional fashion, the main story shares screen time with a romantic subplot involving the factory-owner's son and a female employee. Characterized by many critics as "Capraesque," The Efficiency Expert also bears trace of all those Ealing comedies of the 1950s.

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efficiency, factory, business, expert, career, manager, moccasins, family-business, life-choices, model-car, technology