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A cynical, energetic satire about a manic advertising idea man who becomes so disgusted with trying to sell a pimple cream that he quits the business. Ultimately he grows a pimple of his own that talks and begins to take over his life. Acerbic and hilarious.

Criterion Collection, 210 E. 52nd St., 578 Broadway, New York, NY 10022, Phone: (212)212756-8822, Toll-free: 800-446-2001, URL:, Remarks: Does not sell directly to consumers

Available on Running time 95 minutes. Originally from British.

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Black Comedy, Advertising, Sanity Check, Corporate Shenanigans, Renegade Body Parts
Bruce Robinson
Richard E. Grant, Rachel Ward, Susan Wooldridge, Mick Ford, Richard Wilson, John Shrapnel, Jacqueline Tong
Peter Hannan
Bruce Robinson
David Dundas, Rick Wentworth
Handmade Films

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How to Get Ahead in Advertising
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How to Get Ahead in Advertising came out in 1989 and has a total running time of 95 minutes. Richard E. Grant (as Denis Dimbleby Bagley), Rachel Ward (as Julia Bagley), and Richard Wilson (as John Bristol, Denis Bagley’s Boss) star in this comedy. Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is an advertising executive who is having a tough time trying to come up with a catchy slogan for a new acne cream. From the stress of work and other stresses going on in his life, he grows a boil/pimple on his shoulder. The worst part of it is, his boil/pimple has grown eyes and a mouth. Richard is now talking to his boil! Has he gone crazy? Will he finally learn to relax and not stress out so much?