Monday, March 7, 2011
The BOSS in movies - No, Not Springsteen
Boss Bad: Everett Sloane as Walter Ramsey in Rod Serling’s Patterns (1956). Sometimes he even looks like the devil in this movie. He has an iron fist which he does not hesitate to use on his employees. In his quest for better business, he is determined to weed out the weakest of the high-ups in his company. It does not matter to him if they have been there for 40 years, if they display fine and decent personal qualities, or if they have desperate need for their jobs. He is interested only in the bottom line.
Boss Bad: Dabney Coleman as Franklin Hart in Nine to Five (1980). Who could forget this slimy little toad enjoying his power with over-worked and under-paid employees? Demanding coffee, leering at his secretary, kissing up to the company’s big boys, and stealing a great idea from one of his “girls” are just some of the characteristics that cause his eventual and hilarious downfall, and made theatre audiences applaud with glee.
Boss Good: No one comes to mind...
And now for my personal choice in both categories, one who is even worse than the Godfather, and another you can't help but love:
As for me, I've had good bosses and bad, one like Walter Ramsey, a couple just like Franklin Hart...but I have Boss Good now. I feel safe in saying this without sounding like I'm looking for a raise, because she doesn't really follow my blog, I don't mind -- she is a busy, full-time doctor, wife, and mother of 4 very young children. Her free time at this point in her life is ... well, rare to non-existent! I've been with her for 11 years, and don't plan to leave until I drop dead or she kicks me out (or if I win the lottery). So Dr. C you are in the Really Good category.
How about you? Do you have any favorite movie bosses, bad, good or both?