Bruce Robinson

How to Get Ahead in Advertising

How to Get Ahead in Advertising

Richard E. Grant is the endlessly suave Dennis Bagley, a high-strung advertising executive whose shoulder sprouts an evil, talking boil. The boil speaks only to Bagley, is silent to the rest of the world, and seems to be growing. This caustic satire reunites the talented team behind the cult classic Withnail and I to create a tour de force of verbal jousting and physical comedy.

Film Info

  • Bruce Robinson
  • United Kingdom
  • 1988
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #120

Special Features

  • Exclusive widescreen version, supervised by director of photography Peter Hannan
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cover illustration by Edwin Fotheringham

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Exclusive widescreen version, supervised by director of photography Peter Hannan
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Cover illustration by Edwin Fotheringham

How to Get Ahead in Advertising
Cast
Richard E. Grant
Bagley
Rachel Ward
Julia
Richard Wilson
Bristol
Jacqueline Tong
Penny
Susan Wooldridge
Monica
John Shrapnel
Psychiatrist
Credits
Director
Bruce Robinson
Producer
David Wimbury
Executive producers
George Harrison
Executive producers
Denis O'Brien
Co-producer
Ray Cooper
Cinematography
Peter Hannan
Music
David Dundas
Music
Rick Wentworth
Editing
Alan Strachan
Camera operator
Bob Smith
Production design
Michael Pickwoad

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