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Night Shift (1982)

 -  Comedy  -  30 July 1982 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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
Tim Rossovich ...
Luke
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Jefferey
Joe Spinell ...
Manetti
Cheryl Carter ...
Tanya
Becky Gonzalez ...
Lupe
Corki Corman ...
Sylvia
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Joyce (as Ildiko Jaid)
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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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morgue | pimp | business | night shift | scheme | See more »

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30 July 1982 (USA)  »

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$23,600,000 (USA)
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Director Ron Howard and Henry Winkler were well known from appearing on television's Happy Days (1974). They worked together on this movie but Howard directs and does not appear except for a brief cameo. See more »

Goofs

When Belinda comes to Chuck's to make breakfast she asks what type of eggs he wants and he says scrambled. She then starts making fried eggs, but when the eggs are done she magically pours scrambled eggs out of the same pan. It is true that she does start off with the eggs as sunny side up style, but as Chuck is talking to his Fiance you can see the shadow of Belinda using the spatula to mix up the eggs and then pours the scrambled eggs into her and Chuck's plate. Even the eggs don't look that well scrambled. See more »

Quotes

Bill Blazejowski: What's our job? We like drive around and pickup stiffs, or what? Is that what we are supposed to do?
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Everlasting Love
Written by Kevin Murphy, Hawk Wolinski, Dennis Belfield
Performed by Rufus and Chaka Khan
Produced by Russ Titelman
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Michael Keaton's signature role
1 August 2000 | by (USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Adam Sandler and Pauly Shore can only DREAM of being as funny as Michael Keaton in "Night Shift." Keaton's hilarious performance only serves to underscore the fact that he's never been near as funny since.

Sure, the movie will never be in the AFI's top 100 list. But when I was 18, a loony pre-college me dreamed of being as funny as Billy Blaizejowski, Keaton's character in the film. I credit the script for great lines, but I doubt anyone could have made an annoying character like Billy loveable - except Keaton.

Henry Winkler does a bang-up job with a straight role that affords audiences little to get excited about. He is completely convincing as an in-over-his-head nebbish with a nervous stomach, and deserves credit for pulling it off without seeming whiny. We identify with Winkler's character even though we can see how cowardly he is.

The plot, of course, is contrived, as is any plot involving hookers with hearts of gold. It's hard to see Shelly Long as a prostitute, but she plays it gamely and has fun with the role.

I recommend this film if you have any craziness to your sense of humor, or just if you're a male between the ages of 17 and 25. That's the target audience, but even in my mid-30's, I still find Keaton's performance refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny.


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