Taking Care Of Business 1990 R CC

Amazon Instant Video

Available in HD
(52) IMDb 6.3/10
Watch Trailer

A stolen day planner allows an escaped convict to adopt a new identity and a cushy new life -- while the real owner of the book has his life turned upside down. The fun really begins when these opposites finally meet!

Starring:
James Belushi, Charles Grodin
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

Available to watch on supported devices.

By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Additional taxes may apply.

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Arthur Hiller
Starring James Belushi, Charles Grodin
Supporting actors Anne De Salvo, Loryn Locklin, Stephen Elliott, Hector Elizondo, Veronica Hamel, Mako, Gates McFadden, John de Lancie, Thom Sharp, Ken Foree, John Marshall Jones, Andre Rosey Brown, Terrence E. McNally, Lenny Hicks, Joe Bratcher, Burke Byrnes, Tony Auer, Marte Boyle Slout
Studio Hollywood Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
An amusing farce with Jim Belushi in a role that highlights his ample comic abilities. An all-around enjoyable movie, definitely worth a look.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on September 18, 2004
Format: DVD
Jimmy Dworski(James Belushi) finally got a life. The life of Spencer Barnes(Charles Grodin). Jimmy,serving time in prison for auto theft manages to get tickets for a Chicago Cubs game. He won them in a radio contest. He was scheduled for release shortly after the game. At 6 AM on a Friday,Jimmy's fellow inmates throw him a farewell party. "FAREWELL JIMMY!",the banner read. "This is an unauthorized festivity!",quipps the warden(Hector Elizondo). The warden makes a deal with Jimmy. Jimmy would be allowed temporary release from prison if the warden who's playing golf,sank the golfball. He misses so Jimmy's wish was denied. "I gotta watch the game. Please don't be an ---hole!",Jimmy tells the warden. Jimmy is forcefully returned to his cell. Jimmy successfully escapes then finds the "file-o-fax" belonging to Spencer in an airport near a payphone. Spencer is an advertising executive who is sent to Los Angeles to get a new account for his company High Quality Foods. Spencer flies to L.A. from Chicago where he lives. Jimmy is from Chicago as well(Belushi himself hails from Wheaton,IL). Spencer's wife Elizabeth(Veronica Hamel) is so upset with him that she leaves him. On the plane,he meets Debbie Lipton(Anne DiSalvo),a high school classmate. Debbie exchanges seats with another passenger so she and Spencer could reminisce. Debbie,now living in L.A.,is a make-up artist and fashion designer. She was in Chicago for a mosturizers' convention. Spencer and Debbie spend some time together. So Jimmy,so happy to be out of his cell,experiences the luxurious L.A. lifestyles. At a business meeting,Jimmy posing as Spencer,meets Diane Connors(Gates McFadden),who runs HQF. HQF is owned by a Japanese man named Sakamoto. Sakamoto later terminates Diane. The only HQF product Jimmy raves about is the potato chips.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Just the facts - from the back cover: Jimmy Dworski (James Belushi) is a happy-go-lucky convict who breaks out of prison and finally gets a life . . . somebody else's! When Dworski finds the daily planner book that literally runs the life of ultra-organized executive Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin), all hell breaks loose. With newfound cash, credit cards and the keys to a Malibu mansion, the imposter Dworski embarks on an all-expense-paid trip to "Easy Street" while posing as the high-powered Barnes. Meanwhile, Spencer's life is turned upside down as he hunts through the jungles of Los Angeles for his beloved book. When these oddball opposites finally meet, it's a comedic collision you won't soon forget.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David D. Knapp on December 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This has been one of our favorite comedies - it is a shame it is no longer available. I hope that it is someday re-released on DVD, as we would add it to our collection!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christian Pelchat on December 9, 2001
Format: DVD
Jimmy Dworski (James Belushi at the best) is a happy go convict, who is soon getting out of Prison, since he win two tickets to see the World Series. But his boos warden (Hector Elizondo) says no because is a day before he`s gets out. Jimmy escapes to see the game and his friends convicts faked a kidapping so Jimmy could see the game. While Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin) is having the worst time of his life, when his boss asked him to work for the weekend in Los Angeles. Then when Spencer arrive in the airport of L.A., Accidentally he left his money and credit cards in a book. But Jimmy has found the book but Jimmy has to do everything what Spencer has to do on that day. While in the world of Spencer everything is happening for better to worse.
James Belushi and Charles Gordin delievers good comic performances. Sharply written by Jill Mazursky & Jeffery Abrams. Directed by Arthur Miller (Outrageous Foutune). Watch for actor:Ken Foree (George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead) as a convict and Look also for Actors:John De Lancie & Gates McFadden from Star Trek:The Next Generation. An fast paced entertaining comedy. Grade:B+.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
When a convict breaks out of an L.A. prison, only to see the World Series, he finds the appointment book of a multi-millionaire advertising man. The lucky guy then proceeds to use the wealthy businessman's identity to live the life he has always wanted. This film is funny, enjoyable, and entertaining. Even if you are not a fan of the stars, I guarantee you will have a great time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on June 6, 2010
Format: DVD
James Belushi will likely always live in the shadow of his older brother. Funny thing though, James is the better actor (as opposed to being an outsized comic legend). TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS is a fairly routine fish-out-of-water comedy, but it does feature some good performances (by Charles Grodin, doing that uptight Charles Grodin thing) and Belushi (doing his streetwise, wiseacre Jim Belushi thing), as well as some nice turns by supporting players Veronica Hamel, Anne DeSalvo, Hector Elizondo and the rather fetching--Loryn Locklin. But the film does belong to Belushi. He carries his good-natured car thief role off with aplomb.

So much so, in fact, that you wish it were a better flick. It's not horrible, but it could have been sharper, wittier and a bit less predicable. Of course, plots involving mistakean and/or assumed identities have been around since the ancients. Shakespeare made a career out of 'em. So by the late twentieth century, you really needed a new angle on this old device. TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS's "high concept" is not really much of one: escaped convict Belushi finds the filofax of retentive executive Grodin and winds up assuming the latter's identity for a weekend: a fateful one for both of them, as it turns out.

Well, fateful, but kind of predictable too. You know that when Belushi's Jimmy Dworski character takes on a high powered Japanese executive in a tennis match (a game that his American colleagues fully expect him to "throw"), he will blow his opponent out of the water, and this despite the fact he's never played tennis before and holds his racket like a baseball bat (fittingly, he escaped from prison in order to attend the World Series, in which his beloved Cubbies are playing--this being a fantasy, after all).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again