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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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Getting even is a full-time job. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reportedly, Dolly Parton was cast in this movie because Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin felt that she would "bring them the West". Parton was both a lead actress and singer in this film and sang the title '9 to 5' song which got Oscar nominated. In an interview with Isaac Mizrahi, Parton states that when she wrote and performed the theme song to Tomlin and Fonda, she used her long acrylic nails to create the beat to the song. See more »


When Violet and Judy drive to the hospital in a panic, Violet parks her car at an angle taking up two spaces, but when she goes back to her car to put the corpse in the trunk, the car is parked perfectly straight within one space. See more »


Violet: [about Judy] But Norman, she has never worked a day in her life before.
Norman Lane: I thought you'd be sympathetic.
Violet: I am sympathetic, Norman, but please, why do I have to train her? Let her go work in somebody else's section.
Norman Lane: She's very willing and she needs the job, she's recently divorced.
Violet: So, and I'm a widow with 4 kids; Jerry should have never died, I could - I'd have been better off, I could have divorced him. Is that her?
Norman Lane: Yes.
Violet: We're gonna need a special locker for the hat.
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Referenced in Spring Breakdown (2009) 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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Fully of classic one line quotes you'll be laughing for ages.
23 May 2004 | by (Bournemouth, England.) – See all my reviews

This has to be a true classic movie for anybody. Parton, Fonda, Tomlin play the three main characters set in a big business office block, "Consolidated". Dolly Parton is excellent, portraying the country girl, Jane Fonda as the divorced housewife's first job role, and Lily Tomlin as the bosses stepping stone. The film is full of one line crack jokes which can be missed on the first time you watch it. Do watch the movie a few times, and soon you'll pick up on how funny the lines are "Violet, did you get my Memo?", "I did Roz, I tore right through it".

Later in the film the plot is well underway and animation is combined successfully with Tomlin's scene of a Snow White type character!

I loved this film, and my laserdisc copy is always on the top of the pile. A good all rounder to be watched over and over, and I sometimes find myself using those punch lines.

Dolly Parton provides the "9 to 5" opening music, which sets the movie off to a good pace.

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