Brantley Foster, a well-educated kid from Kansas, has always dreamed of making it big in New York, but once in New York, he learns that jobs - and girls - are hard to get. When Brantley visits his uncle, Howard Prescott, who runs a multi-million-dollar company, he is given a job in the company's mail room.

  1. Herbert Ross


  2. AJ Carothers


  3. Jack Epps Jr.


  4. Jim Cash


Top Billed Cast

  1. Michael J. Fox

    Michael J. Fox

    Brantley Foster aka Carlton Whitfield

  2. Helen Slater

    Helen Slater

    Christy Wills

  3. Richard Jordan

    Richard Jordan

    Howard Prescott

  4. Margaret Whitton

    Margaret Whitton

    Vera Prescott

  5. John Pankow

    John Pankow

    Fred Melrose

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The Secret of My Success
The Secret of My Success


Status Released

Release Information

  • April 10, 1987


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget $12,000,000.00

Revenue $110,996,879.00



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