Business as Usual (1987)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Message Movie  |   Release Date - Oct 21, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The British Business as Usual stars Glenda Jackson and John Thaw as the husband-and-wife managers of a boutique. When a huge store chain purchases Jackson and Thaw's establishment, chain executive Eamon Boland is sent to check out the place. It seems, however, that he's more interested in checking out pretty boutique employee Cathy Tyson. Jackson slaps a sexual harrassment charge on Boland, who uses this contretemps as an excuse to fire her from her own store. Down but not out, Jackson conducts a determined public campaign to get her job back and to put Boland in his place. Business as Usual makes no bones about its anti-Margaret Thatcher, anti-Big Business political stance. While this aspect of the film might be lost on American viewers, the plight of Glenda Jackson's character is all too familiar.



revenge, assault, brutality, feminism, labor-relations, politician, racism, sexual-harassment