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FULL SYNOPSIS

In this comedy, a woman discovers that it's impossible to get ahead in business without a man to guide her -- so she invents one. Laurel (Whoopi Goldberg) is an expert financial analyst with a top Wall Street brokerage; however, she keeps getting passed over for raises and promotions, and she's convinced that no one at her firm takes her seriously because she's a black woman. Frustrated, Laurel and her loyal assistant Sally (Dianne Wiest) open a new firm, but Laurel discovers that her fears were based firmly in reality: male clients don't want to take financial advice from women, especially women of color. So Laurel invents a white man, Robert S. Cutty, to be the firm's top adviser. Speaking on Cutty's behalf, Laurel passes along the fictional man's advice, which her new clients find to be quite sound, and when they stop by to see him, he always manages to be out of the office (and why wouldn't a man so successful be busy?). The ruse seems to work, and soon Laurel's business is going great guns, but an increasingly large number of her clients want to see Cutty face to face, which won't be easy to pull off. However, with the help of a drag queen, Laurel tries to remake herself into Cutty for a night in order to keep her firm afloat. The Associate was based on a novel by author Jenaro Prieto. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 25, 1996

Cast

Whoopi Goldberg
as Laurel
Dianne Wiest
as Sally
Eli Wallach
as Fallon
Tim Daly
as Frank
Bebe Neuwirth
as Camille
George Morfogen
as Plaza Manager
Zeljko Ivanek
as SEC Agent Thompkins
Miles Chapin
as Harry
Donald Trump
as Himself
Austin Pendleton
as Aesop
Lainie Kazan
as Cindy Mason
George Martin
as Manchester
Ken Kerr
as Charlie
Lee Wilkof
as Bissel
Helen Hanft
as Mrs. Cupchick
Alberto Alejandrino
as Maître D' At Peabody Club
Joel Blake
as Poker Palyer
Craig Braun
as Disgruntled Investor
Leon Addison Brown
as reporter
Ted Brunetti
as Fallon's Messenger
Judith Calder
as Audience Member
Jean de Baer
as loan officer
Darryl Edwards
as executive At Strip Club
Jerry Hardin
as Harley Mason
Baxter Harris
as Disgruntled Investor
William Hill
as Detective Templeton
Allison Janney
as Sandy
Billy Jaye
as Plaza Reporter
Vincent Laresca
as Plaza Men's Room Attendant
Robert Levin
as Door Slam Executive
Corrine Manning
as Fallon Ball Band
Kathleen McClellan
as Frank's Girlfriend
Boris McGiver
as Plaza Reporter
Bernie McInerney
as Cilent At Cutty/Ayres
Peter McRobbie
as Executive At Strip Club
Liana Pai
as Plaza Concierge Charlotte
Sally Jessy Raphael
as Herself
Rex Robbins
as Investor At 21 Club
Frederick Rolf
as Carl Bode
John Rothman
as Jogging Track Executive
Socorro Santiago
as Syntonex Worker
John Short
as Harley's Associate
Brian Tarantina
as Eddie
Louis Turenne
as Peabody Club Concierge
Thomas Wagner
as Harley's Associate
Katherine Wallach
as reporter
Ira Wheeler
as Investor At 21 Club
Colleen Camp
as Detective Jones
Ginny Yang
as Funeral Reporter
Frederick Rolf
as Carl Bode
Corrine Manning
as Fallon Ball Band
Craig Braun
as Disgruntled Investor
Brian Tarantina
as Eddie
Alberto Alejandrino
as Maître D' At Peabody Club
Sally Jessy Raphael
as Herself
Leon Addison Brown
as reporter
Rex Robbins
as Investor At 21 Club
Boris McGiver
as Plaza Reporter
William Hill
as Detective Templeton
Darryl Edwards
as executive At Strip Club
Colleen Camp
as Detective Jones
Austin Pendleton
as Aesop
George Martin
as Manchester
Bernie McInerney
as Cilent At Cutty/Ayres
Ted Brunetti
as Fallon's Messenger
Vincent Laresca
as Plaza Men's Room Attendant
Allison Janney
as Sandy
Ira Wheeler
as Investor At 21 Club
Lainie Kazan
as Cindy Mason
Billy Jaye
as Plaza Reporter
Zeljko Ivanek
as SEC Agent Thompkins
Thomas Wagner
as Harley's Associate
John Short
as Harley's Associate
John Rothman
as Jogging Track Executive
Donald Trump
as Himself
Katherine Wallach
as reporter
Judith Calder
as Audience Member
Kathleen McClellan
as Frank's Girlfriend
Ken Kerr
as Charlie
Jerry Hardin
as Harley Mason
Joel Blake
as Poker Palyer
Jean de Baer
as loan officer
Helen Hanft
as Mrs. Cupchick
Louis Turenne
as Peabody Club Concierge
Miles Chapin
as Harry
Liana Pai
as Plaza Concierge Charlotte
Lee Wilkof
as Bissel
Socorro Santiago
as Syntonex Worker
Baxter Harris
as Disgruntled Investor
Peter McRobbie
as Executive At Strip Club
Robert Levin
as Door Slam Executive

Crew

Donald Petrie
Director
Frederic Golchan
Producer
Adam Leipzig
Producer
Patrick Markey
Producer
Christopher Tyng
Songwriter
Bonnie Koehler
Editor
Andrew Jackness
Production Designer
Philip Messina
Art Director
René Gainville
Co-producer
Michael A. Helfant
Co-producer
David Madden
Executive Producer
Robert W. Cort
Executive Producer
Ted Field
Executive Producer
April Ferry
Costume Designer
Rosa Howell-Thornhill
Sound/Sound Designer
Vebe Borge
First Assistant Director
Alex Nepomniaschy
Camera Operator
Mary Colquhoun
Casting
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