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Night Shift (1982)

R | | Comedy | 30 July 1982 (USA)
A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

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Belinda Keaton
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Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley ...
Edward Koogle
Bobby Di Cicco ...
Leonard (as Bobby DiCicco)
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Vivian
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Drollhauser
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Luke
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Jefferey
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Manetti
Cheryl Carter ...
Tanya
Becky Gonzalez ...
Lupe
Corki Corman ...
Sylvia
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Joyce (as Ildiko Jaid)
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Storyline

A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her pimp. His partner, upon hearing the situation, suggests that they fill that opening themselves using the morgue at night as their brothel. Against his better judgement, he gets talked into the idea, only to find that it's more than his boss that has objections to this bit of entrepreneurship. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Together they are going to make the day pay off... all night long! See more »

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Comedy

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30 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightshift - Das Leichenhaus flippt völlig aus  »

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$23,600,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early screen roles for both Kevin Costner and Shannen Doherty. Costner as a frat boy in the morgue party scene (a non-speaking bit part); Doherty plays a "Blue Bell" (liken to a "Girl Scout") in an elevator scene (with one line). See more »

Goofs

52 minutes into the film, when Chuck is reading a computer screen showing his and Bill's investments for their prostitution "company," there are multiple spelling errors which aren't due to the screen's limitations. Chuck, being the fussy business type, would never let this happen. There's at least one typo on nine of the eleven lines displayed. Here they are: "CHUCK & BILLS INVESTMET SERVICE," "Inteest compouded monthl," "Paymnts at endof period," "Annual intrest rate," "Present vaue," "Future vale," "Monthly pament," "The interet rate is 1.46% per monh" and "And the tie period i 12 months." See more »

Quotes

Bill: [points to morgue cold chambers] What's in here, just stiffs and stuff?
Chuck: Uh, no, we call them "corpses."
Bill: Can I take a peek?
Chuck: Sure.
Bill: Alright!
Chuck: I think there's one in #7.
Bill: Hey, this Carboni guy! What's he, like, our boss or what?
Chuck: No, no, he's the supervisor. He's not here at night.
Bill: Nuh-uh! Get outta town! Just you and me and the stiffs alone? Here? That's gonna be radical, Chuck!
[Chuck opens morgue drawer]
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Referenced in Psych: There Might Be Blood (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Penthouse and Pavement
Written by Martyn Ware (as B.E.F), Ian Craig Marsh (as B.E.F.), Glen Gregory (as Gregory)
Performed by Heaven 17
Produced by British Electric Foundation
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Keaton steals this
30 April 2002 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Ron Howard has always been a consistantly talented director, never making a bad or even mediocre film. Even a film such as Ransom that opened to lukewarm reviews from both audience and critics is still better than your average thriller. He has a way of making lines and scenes memorable even when the script itself is only so-so. After following his career, I went back to one of his first, Night Shift which still has the magic I remember it did when I saw it way back when.

The story isn't the greatest and Shelly Long has never been an actress I've enjoyed watching but if you only want one reason to see Night Shift, Micheal Keaton is it. Here he creates what is probably one of the funniest characters I have ever seen in a movie. He is an idea man, constantly speaking them into his taperecorder and thus to his morgue co-worker Henry Winkler. Winkler "the fonz" is the total opposite of what he was in Happy Days, and therefor a perfect anchor for Keaton. If it was just Keaton, it wouldn't work, but Winkler is annoyed at Keaton, we laugh because of it.

If you do decide to watch this movie, be on the lookout for the single most hilarious scene: Keaton's analysation of the word "prostitute."


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