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Swimming With the Sharks

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Swimming With Sharks (1994) Directed by George Huang
Summary of the Film
I chose to review the movie Swimming With Sharks (1994), which was written and directed by
George Huang and starring Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, and Michelle Forbes. The protagonists
in the film are Buddy Ackerman, Guy, Rex, and Dawn. Buddy is a wealthy and influential movie
producer who hires Guy as his assistant. The latter has just graduated from film school and has
no real-life experience of how the business world operates. Although Rex warns Guy of Buddy’s
egocentric character, he still decides to take the job since he thinks it will create a chance for him
to work in more established studios
Buddy turns out to be a hostile and unbecoming boss as Rex had earlier warned. In
particular, he mistreats Guy, rebuffs, and even patronizes him. Worse still, he is regularly
involved with young girls, including Dawn, who is Guy’s girlfriend. The climax of the movie
occurs when Buddy fires Guy over a phone call. Guy snaps and abducts his boss. He ties Buddy
to a chair where he tortures, beats, and subjects him to various humiliating acts for hours till he
admits his mistakes and apologizes.
In the subsequent events, Buddy says that he was ones a victim of workplace bullying.
He also talks about the tragic death of his wife, which left him lonely and empty. According to
him, bullying a junior employee is a way of training him into being a successful leader. In the
midst of these events, Dawn, who had earlier planned to have a rendezvous with Buddy visits his

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home where he finds Guy pointing a gun to her date. Buddy tells Guy to shoot Dawn so that he
can get an easy promotion. Although shocked by Buddy’s suggestion, Guy agrees and fires the
gun instantly killing Dawn. Later, he gets the opportunity to work in high positions in the
organization where he interacts with Buddy as equals.
Workplace Bullying
The film Swimming With Sharks (1994) reveals the element of workplace bullying and its
detrimental effects on the operations of an organization. Buddy’s firm is highly affected with this
form of bullying, which leads to bad relationships among employees and the emergence of a
dysfunctional team. For example, Buddy’s behavior of bullying his juniors is the result of his
experiences when he was a new worker in the firm. He spreads this culture to Guy and Rex when
he bullies them and also when he informs the former that such acts make an employee to develop
appropriate leadership skills. Due to Buddy’s patronizing behavior on Guy, the latter decides to
revenge by holding him hostage. Similarly, Rex becomes hardened and unruly. In this regard, the
film enlightens managers on the need to create a friendly work environment so that all
employees can express their thoughts and enhance their skills (Griffin 56). Such a workplace will
result in low staff turnover, and the employees will be productive and efficient.
Greed
The movie Swimming With Sharks (1994)” shows the adverse effects if greed on the proper
functioning of an organization. The underlying desire by incompetent individuals to attain senior
positions makes them use crooked means to protect their current jobs. Guy, for example, kills
Dawn, which enables him to get a top work position in the company. The element of greed is
also shown in the manner that Buddy patronizes and steals from his juniors. His failure to
acknowledge positive results that are attributed to his employees and his decision to take

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Surname 1 Surname Tutor Course Date Swimming With Sharks (1994) Directed by George Huang Summary of the Film I chose to review the movie “Swimming With Sharks (1994),” which was written and directed by George Huang and starring Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, and Michelle Forbes. The protagonists in the film are Buddy Ackerman, Guy, Rex, and Dawn. Buddy is a wealthy and influential movie producer who hires Guy as his assistant. The latter has just graduated from film school and has no real-life experience of how the business world operates. Although Rex warns Guy of Buddy’s egocentric character, he still decides to take the job since he thinks it will create a chance for him to work in more established studios Buddy turns out to be a hostile and unbecoming boss as Rex had earlier warned. In particular, he mistreats Guy, rebuffs, and even patronizes him. Worse still, he is regularly involved with young girls, including Dawn, who is Guy’s girlfriend. The climax of the movie occurs when Buddy fires Guy over a phone call. Guy snaps and abducts his boss. He ties Buddy to a chair where he tortures, beats, and subjects him to various humiliating acts for hours till he admits his mistakes and apologizes. In the subsequent events, Buddy says that he was ones a victim of workplace bullying. He also talks about the tragic death of his wife, which left him lonely and empty. According to him, bullying a junior employee is a way of training him into being a successful leader. In the mi ...
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