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Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 15 May 1981 (USA)
The "Alison Group" has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them - the one which happens to be the main ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Macklin
J.M. Halstead
Harry Meade
Ray Binkowski
Samuel Ellison
Lenore Meade
Charlie Rich ...
Dick Ebersol
Charlie Pickett
David Allan Coe ...
Lacy J. Dalton ...
Mooney's Wife
Bruce M. Fischer ...


The "Alison Group" has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them - the one which happens to be the main company in his home town. At first his old buddies are reluctant to have him as new boss, but since he can't save all of them from the severe changes, the climate soon changes. Then he learns that he increased the profit so much, that the his bosses have decided to resell his brewery profitably to an incompetent Texas oil millionaire... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$17,569,030 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to TV Guide, the film was "not a big hit at the box office" but "this movie picked up a big following when it hit cable television". See more »


Ray Binkowski: It's the battle of the luxury cars. Lincoln Continental and American know-how and skill against the German machine.
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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Ring (2009) See more »


You Can Count on Beer
Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn & Michael Lloyd
Performed by Lacy J. Dalton and David Allan Coe
©1981 WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) & Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
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Sad waste of talent and good songs
3 March 2000 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

When one looks at the cast of this incredibly bad film, one wonders who it could be so bad. There are good actors in this waste of celluloid...Art Carney, Royal Dano, David Keith,and Barbara Hershey, among others. In addition, the Johnny Paycheck song is a minor Country classic. There are also two genuinely funny, touching Bobby Bare/Lacy J. Dalton duets, " Beer Drinkin'Christians"(its far, far better-and even more profound- than the title makes it sound), and "Its a Dirty Job, but Someone's Got to do It." The latter song, about the collapse of a blue collar marriage, comes during one of the few moments of sociological -and human- insight in the whole mess, when David Keith and his wife are arguing about family finances and their kids futures over dinner.In the background, we see a statue of The Sacred Heart, and we realize that these people are, indeed, "beer-drinkin' Christians". The culprits are a moronic script that mixes crass., occasionally amusing slapstick with "biting' social criticism, and the flat-footed direction of Gus Trikonis, a true hack. To adapt a phrase from Ms. Dalton's song ( that sadly underused talent has a brief appearance as a bar-maid), the unfortunate soul that sits through this film will feel "..like a lame armadillo , dodging fast Chrysler's on interstate 10"...a 4. ( And that only because we get to see Ms. Hershey mud -wrestle, and because the songs are pretty good)

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