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9 to 5 (1980)

Nine to Five (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 19 December 1980 (USA)
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 ...


Meet Franklin Hart ('Coleman'). The biggest 'sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot' boss on the planet. He thrills in taking advantage of his head female office staff; humiliating, downplaying, and condescending against them whenever conveniently possible, particularly his top assistant Violet ('Tomlin'). Long exhausted over his gruesome bullishness, Violet, alongside coworkers Doralee ('Parton') and Judy ('Fonda') comprise comical methods of "doing him in", when a freak incident occurs. They then manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department, and productivity leaps. But just how long can they keep him tied up? Written by Peanutlee <oprlvr@yahoo.com>

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They're showing the Boss who's the BOSS! See more »




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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

9 to 5  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$103,290,500 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To prepare for her role as Judy Bernly, a middle-aged divorcée entering the workforce, actress Jane Fonda interviewed numerous women, who had entered the labor market late in life due to being widowed or divorced. Fonda took from this an element for her character, that of being over-dressed on her first day. Fonda wore an over-frilly over-prim very dowdy conservative wardrobe with over-sized glasses, elaborate hats and an over-done hair-style. See more »


When the girls run into the trash bin and discover the wrong body in the truck, Doralee gets into the car, sitting in the middle between Judy and Violet, but as they are driving down the street and get pulled over by the cop for the tailgate, Doralee is sitting on the passenger side and Judy is in the middle. See more »


Judy: What did you say it was called?
[Passes joint to Violet]
Violet: Maui Wowee!
Judy: Well, I love it!
Violet: It's *primo!*
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Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Greg and Larry (2016) 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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Hilarious Office Angst.
6 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three miserable women (Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) take it upon themselves to get back at their evil boss (Dabney Coleman) in this hilarious little film. Rat poison, crazy dream sequences and S&M-styled equipment are the main calling cards in this amazingly creative little comedy. Parton's title song is also strong and it received an Oscar nod in 1980. Impressive comedic fare. 4 stars out of 5.

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