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Nine to Five (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  19 December 1980 (USA)
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Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Tinsworthy
Mr. Hinkle
Missy Hart
Barbara (as Ren Woods)
Norma Donaldson ...
Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini ...
Maria Delgado
Margaret Foster
Richard Stahl ...
Ray Vitte ...


Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$103,290,500 (USA)

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According to "Variety", Jane Fonda was the initiator of this project. The picture was the third of six movies made by her production company IPC Films. See more »


Violet meets Judy at the personnel office, Suite 1100, and takes her upstairs to the 12th floor in what seems to be one slow elevator. See more »


[Violet's fantasy - she's Snow White and Hart is the villain]
Violet: Your coffee, Mr. Hart.
[Hart drinks the coffee, steam comes from his ears, he screams and his head spins around on his neck]
Franklin M. Hart Jr.: I think there was something in that coffee.
Violet: I think you're right.
Franklin M. Hart Jr.: I think it was poison.
Violet: Right again.
Franklin M. Hart Jr.: I think you did it.
Violet: [singing] Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
[sticks tongue out]
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Referenced in High Hopes: Nine to Five (2008) See more »


Nine To Five
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
Produced by Gregg Perry
©1980 Velvet Apple Music and Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.
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Cheesy 80s fun!
18 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Nine To Five" is one of those classic 80s comedies which was what made the decade so fun as far as movies go. Jane Fonda plays Judy, a recently divorced housewife who lands a secretarial job at a corporate office. Lily Tomlin is Violet, the beleagured supervisor at the office who shows Judy the ropes on her disasterous first day. Dolly Parton is Doralee, a secretary whom everyone at the office thinks is using her - ahem - "assets" to get ahead by sleeping with the boss.

Soon these three become best friends and team up after they've gotten fed up with their chauvinistic and smarmy boss Mr. Hart, played to the hilt by Dabney Coleman. Sure, it does delve into zany corniness, such as the scene where they all get high on pot and share their fantasies about how each of them would like to knock off the boss (the funniest is Violet's "Snow White" coffee one, which uses cartoon animation and live action) or the scene where Violet thinks she accidentally poisoned Mr. Hart's coffee with rat poison and tries to steal his supposed dead corpse out of the hospital! This is the kind of movie where you check your brain at the door and take it for what it is.

There are some great one-liners like the one where Fonda tells her ex-husband, who thinks she's having a kinky S&M affair with Mr. Hart, something along the lines of, "If I want to do M&M's, that's fine with me!" The office they work in is reminiscent of the one in "The Apartment". Three very clever characters, great comedic acting from Parton as Doralee and Tomlin as Violet. Jane Fonda, who I never cared much for, was good as the naive Judy. Sterling Hayden has a great cameo at the end as the "Chairman of the Board". A funny revenge comedy about Every Office, U.S.A.. You gotta love the theme song, too. Most recommended!

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