Office Space (1999)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 29 mins

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In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the abusive Division VP Bill Lumbergh that has just hired two consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are the software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar that also hate Initech, and his next door neighbor Lawrence. His girlfriend Anne is cheating on him but she convinces Peter to visit the hypnotherapist Dr. Swanson. Peter tells how miserable his life is and Dr. Swanson hypnotizes him and he goes into a state of ecstasy. However, Dr. Swanson dies immediately after giving the hypnotic suggestion to Peter. He dates the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude in the company, being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be fired, they decide to plant a virus in the account system to embezzle fraction of cents in each financial operation into Peter's account. However Michael commits a mistake in the software and instead of decimals, they steal a large amount. The desperate trio tries to fix the problem or they will go to prison.
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Cast: David Herman, Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston

Crew: Mike Judge (Director), Tim Suhrstedt (Director of Photography), John Frizzell (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Comedy

Release Dates: 19 Feb 1999 (India)

Tagline: A comedy from Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and co-creator "King of the Hill".

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Did you know? Peter and his neighbor Lawrence live in "Morningwood" Apartments. The name can be seen early in the film when Peter drives home after work. Read More
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as Michael Bolton
as Joanna
as Peter Gibbons
as Samir Nagheenanajar
as Lawrence
as Bill Lumbergh
as Drew
as Judge
as Dom Portwood
as Bob Slydell
as Nina
as Laura Smykowski
as Steve - Magazine Salesman
as Tom Smykowski
as Mexican Waiter
as Milton Waddams
as Brian - Chotchkie's Waiter


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A comedy from Mike Judge, creator of "Beavis and Butt-head" and co-creator "King of the Hill".
Work Sucks.
Crew/Equipment Visible
When Peter disassembles the doorknob to his office, a mark can clearly be seen on the floor when he stops next to the ladder.

Factual Mistake
When Peter is signing his confession and enclosing the traveler's checks, at least two of the checks have the same number on the top right corner. Obviously different checks, even the same amount, would have a different check number.

Character Error
"Lose" is spelled "Loose" on the "Loose one Turn" square of the Jump to Conclusions mat. However, it's only a prototype, and a bad one at that.

When Samir, Peter, and Mike beat on the fax machine, the top of it is thrown off. When the shot changes to Peter and Samir pulling Mike off and back again, the machine's top is back on.

When Peter goes to Joanna's new place of work she comes out wearing her red work shirt. In one shot (from behind Peter), Joanna is suddenly wearing a denim jacket instead of the red shirt.

While Peter and Joanna are having lunch at "Flingers" Peter has a glass of water in front of him where the level changes each time the camera goes back to him, though he never takes a sip.

When Samir has his battle with the printer, arguing about its paper jam, he grabs at the sheet of paper stuck in it. When the camera viewpoint switches to a longer shot, when you see his arm next, he isn't holding the sheet of paper. The sheet of paper isn't seen again.

When Peter first enters the room with the Bobs to re-interview for his job, he goes to the back to get a glass of water. As he does this, you can see that the chair he will be sitting in is slightly pulled out, yet as goes to sit down, the chair is entirely pushed in.

When Peter, Michael, and Samir go for morning coffee, Michael pours tons of sugar packets into his coffee. The position of the empty sugar packets changes in one shot, moving to the side of his coffee cup where the rest show the packets in the front.

When Lawrence is coming over to Peter's apartment because Peter doesn't want him yelling through the walls, he comes out of his apartment with a beer in his left hand. He grabs the doorknob on Peter's door with his right. When Lawrence enters, the beer is now in his right hand, and his left hand is on the doorknob.

During Peter's lunch at Flingers, his coffee cup moves about between shots.

When Peter and Joanna are having lunch at "Flingers" Joanna's menu changes locations between shots. First it is on top of her plate, then it is beside her plate. This goes back and forth several times. Her arms also change position throughout the scene.

When Peter asks Lawrence, "What would you do with a million dollars?" the poster behind Peter's chair moves between shots.

When Peter goes to see Bob and Bob, he walks into the room, and one of the chairs is facing the camera. After he gets himself a glass, he turns around to go sit at the table. All the chairs are facing he table, including the one that was facing the camera, even though it was untouched.

When Lumbergh is talking to Milton in the basement, after eating his cake, he picks up his coffee cup with his right hand. When he turns to talk to Dom, his coffee cup is in his left hand.

At the end of the printer destruction scene, Michael runs back to jump on the printer one last time. Right before he runs back to attack the printer, it is shown open and nearly empty, but when he jumps on it, it's full of parts again.

When Peter goes in to get interviewed for the first time by the Bobs, there is no shade or blinds covering the office window. You can see the office through the glass. However, when you see Peter first go in, the window is not see-through and has a blind/shade covering it.

When Lumbergh is talking to Peter after Peter takes down the wall of his cubicle, the game of Tetris that Peter is playing changes.
The iconic red stapler coveted by Milton was created for the film by the prop department. They needed a bright enough color to be seen on film and chose red. After the film was released, Swingline began to receive requests from customers for red staplers. Having stopped offering red a number of years before, they made the decision to start offering the color once more.

A square peg in a round hole is an idiomatic expression which describes the unusual individualist who could not fit into a niche of his or her society. The company, Initech, had a statue at the entrance of a square peg in a round hole.

After poor box office, the movie gained cult status on video. Mike Judge has said more people talk to him about this movie than any project he has ever worked on. Judge was offered a chance to make a sequel "Office Space 2: Still Renting," but said that he had been through enough anguish over the first one that he didn't want to put himself through the experience again.

At the party for Tom (Richard Riehle), Drew (Greg Pitts) tells Peter (Ron Livingston) about all of the men that have slept with Peter's girlfriend Joanna (Jennifer Aniston). Among those he mentions is David Rennie, the film's editor.

Orlando Jones based his character on his niece. According to Jones, his little niece would sell Girl Scouts cookies door-to-door with a poor attitude.

The set for Chotchkie's is actually the restaurant "the Alligator grille" in Austin, Texas. The Alligator Grille closed down as of 2009.

During the infamous smashing of the copier scene, Peter never actually strikes the device.

Jennifer Aniston's character is named Joanna, which is Aniston's own middle name.

The cars all have fictitious generic USA license plates which avoid naming a specific state.

When Peter is in the meeting room, on the white board behind him there is a complicated flow chart titled "Planning to Plan."

The taller Bob consultant, actually wears buckled belts for suspenders. They changed color based upon his outfit.

The infamous "PC Load Letter" error that confounded Michael Bolton is a message that the printer was out of, or not recognizing the refill of Letter-sized (8.5x11 inches) paper. "PC" stands for "Paper Cartridge". Older model HP Laserjet printers commonly display this error. This error also occurs when attempting to print a non-letter-sized project onto letter-sized paper.

Peter and his neighbor Lawrence live in "Morningwood" Apartments. The name can be seen early in the film when Peter drives home after work.

The traffic jam in the opening scene was filmed on W Braker Lane near the Pickle Research Center in Austin, Texas.

Five people tell Peter about the cover sheet missing from his TPS report: Lumbergh, Portwood, some guy on the phone, and both Michael and Samir at lunch.

When Peter arrives at his job during the fire, he pulls up to the fire lane, which is where the firetruck in the background should be.

Smykowski's Lawyer (Rob Newhouse) shares his name with Robert Newhouse, a well-known player for the Dallas Cowboys in the '70s-'80s. The team is based in Texas, Mike Judge's home state.