Summer Movie Series: Best Boss from Hell

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 In the film 'Swimming with Sharks', Kevin Spacey, plays a merciless film executive.

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For actors, it's the juiciest of roles — the boss from Hell. Picture Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver stalking New York hallways in heels of horror, or Dabney Coleman ogling a trio of cunning secretaries...

As part of a series on summer films, American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center Director Murray Horwitz talks with callers about the worst bosses in cinema.

We solicited e-mails from listeners for their picks for migraine inducing managers. Read on for their suggestions.

All Movies Mentioned

The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

Nine to Five, Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart Jr.

The Apartment, Fred MacMurray as Jeff Sheldrake

Office Space, Gary Cole as Bill Lumburgh

The Caine Mutiny, Humphrey Bogart as Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Sterling Hayden as Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper

Swimming With Sharks, Kevin Spacey as Buddy Ackerman

One, Two, Three, Jimmy Cagney as C.R. MacNamara

Some Like it Hot

Kiss Me Stupid

Biloxi Blues, Christopher Walken as Sgt. Toomey


The Devil’s Advocate, Al Pacino as John Milton

Harlan County, U.S.A

Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin as Blake

Wall Street, Michael Douglass as Gordon Gekko



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