Here at Hayhursts, we’re all about Accounting 24-7, but you might be surprised to discover that Hollywood is not at all opposed to letting Accountants take centre stage in a movie every once and a while – and it’s made for some pretty famous movie moments. Today, we pay homage to these number-crunching, big screen heroes.
10. Mollie, Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Kirsty Alley’s feisty, money-minded accountant swapped numbers for nappies when she found herself unexpectedly expecting – and by a client, no less. Yikes. One of the few movies in Hollywood history to feature not one, but a whole family of accountants and they, quote, “dearly love it.”
[I love being an Accountant] because it deals with my two favourite things: numbers and people.
9. The Duke, Midnight Run (1988)
After embezzling $15 million from a mobster client and skipping bail, slippery accountant Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas turns to a life on the run, creating one of the greatest comedy duo’s of all time in the process, when Robert De Niro’s ballsy bounter hunter is hired to catch him. Sure, he’s an accountant of questionable morality, but we drank this bookkeeping baddie up.
I’m a white-collar criminal.
8. Milton Waddams, Office Space (1999)
This unassuming satire didn’t make much of an impact at the box office upon it’s release, but it’s since become a firm fan favourite and cult classic, no doubt greatly helped by Stephen Root’s bumbling, bespectacled bookkeeper, who really didn’t want for much. Just a nice slice of cake on a colleague’s birthday, and no one to steal his beloved red stapler. Cue meltdown.
Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler…
7. Itzhak Stern, Schindler’s List (1992)
The unsung hero of the Holocaust, it was Oskar Schindler’s dynamic accountant Stern’s suggestion that he hire Jewish people in his factory as essential but cheap labour. This suggestion, as well as Stern’s savvy skills for a balance sheet, altered the course of a heart-breaking history, and helped save the lives of some 1,100 people.
Don’t let things fall apart, Oskar. I work too hard.
6. Albert Brennaman, Hitch (2005)
With a romantic-comedy formula worthy of a business balance sheet, Kevin James’ bumbling Investment Banking Accountant calls on our eponymous hero to help him win the heart of a beautiful client. But don’t judge a ledger by it’s cover – Albert never needed Will Smith after all, he just needed to be his adorable accounting self. And he’s some pretty impressive dance moves, to boot.
If you want to be taken seriously as an adult, then start taking yourself seriously as an adult, instead of asking for permission to invest your own money from a boardroom full of your daddy’s golf buddies.
5. David, Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Ok, so he’s not strictly an accountant… He’s a lecturer, but that doesn’t stop Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s hapless heroes believing David was a chartered number-cruncher throughout the entire movie, providing us one of the biggest laughs in big-screen comedy history.
Shaun “You’re the one that’s gone from being a chartered accountant to Charlton Heston!” David “I’m not a chartered accountant!”
Shaun “Well, you look like one!
4. Oscar Wallace, The Untouchables (1987)
In the big screen telling of notorious villain Al Capone and the equally-legendary cop Eliot Ness, hired to bring him down; it wasn’t just gun-toting, good ol’ fashioned policing that toppled the gangster’s criminal empire – it was tax evasion. That’s right, the power of accounting defeated evil when all else failed. Wallace, we salute you.
This man could put Capone behind bars.
3. Chris Wolff, The Accountant (2016)
Finally, a finance professional gets the all-action hero treatment. Working as freelance accountant for the mob, Ben Affleck’s mathematical savant uncooks the books to take down some serious business baddies. And he’s not only a whizz with numbers, he’s pretty handy with a sniper riffle, too.
Police can’t protect you from someone who can afford to return sixty-one million dollars.
2. Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Locked up for life for a crime he didn’t commit, Tim Robbins’ mild-mannered accountant’s financial acumen earns him a prison-gig crunching numbers and laundering money for the crooked warden. But what’s even more impressive than Andy’s understanding of the tax code, is the way he spends 19 years tunnelling his way out of prison with what is essentially a spoon. See, one of the best traits an accountant can have: Patience.
If they ever try to trace any of those accounts, they’re gonna end up chasing a figment of my imagination.
1. Louis Tulley, Ghostbusters (1984)
Has there even been a greater movie accountant? We highly doubt it. Rick Moranis’ bespectacled, tracksuit-donning uber-nerd provided 80s Hollywood with the perfect stereotypical example of an Accountant – but we don’t even mind because he’s so lovable. Between some epically-awkward flirting with his hot neighbour (Sigourney Weaver), being possessed by an evil demi-god and turning, quote, “into a dog”, Louis still finds the time to party, hosting a fancy soiree for clients, not friends…So it’s tax-deductible. Savvy.
I’m givin’ this whole thing as a promotional expense, that’s why I invited clients instead of friends. You havin’ a good time, Mark?
At Hayhursts, we’re not unhinged or obsessed with staplers, nor do we have questionable morality or are likely to be possessed by an evil horned spirit anytime soon. So why not contact us now for a free, friendly, no-obligation consultation?