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Night Shift (1982)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Keaton
Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley ...
Edward Koogle
Bobby Di Cicco ...
Leonard (as Bobby DiCicco)
Tim Rossovich ...
Joe Spinell ...
Cheryl Carter ...
Becky Gonzalez ...
Corki Corman ...
Joyce (as Ildiko Jaid)


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 <>

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




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30 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Servicio de noche  »

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$23,600,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


The big black dog that "terrorizes" Chuck as he enters his apartment, rounds the corner and slides twice. See more »


Leonard: Oh, that Barney Rubble. What an actor.
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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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