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 ...
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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Release Date:

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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Director Ron Howard, lead actor Michael Keaton and writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-teamed about four years later to make Gung Ho (1986) [aka "Working Class Man"]. See more »


When Charlotte visits Chuck in jail, the positions of Chuck's hands on the bars of the cell change completely between shots. See more »


Bill: We're all adults here - we can talk about this openly...
[writing on chalkboard]
Bill: PROSTITUTION! But what does that mean really? Sometimes it helps to understand a word if you break it down, so let's do that now shall we? Pros... it doesn't mean anything, you can forget about that... Tit, I think we all know what that means, Tu, two tit and TION of course, from the Latin to shun... to say uh-uh no thank you anyway I don't want it, to push away... it doesn't even belong in this word really.
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Night Shift
Music and Lyrics by Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Marv Ross
Performed by Quarterflash
Produced by John Boylan
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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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