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Night Shift (1982)

R | | Comedy | 30 July 1982 (USA)
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
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Edward Koogle
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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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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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30 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Nightshift - Das Leichenhaus flippt völlig aus  »

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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 »

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As Chuck get's his haircut, the barber holds up a mirror for Chuck to get a look. After he drops the mirror, his friend Bill, played by Michael Keaton is standing there for a surprise hello having come inside from the door to Chuck's right being blocked by the mirror. Right after Chuck holds the mirror up, we can see the top of Keaton's back sneaking into the film from Chuck's left which would have put his character right next to Chuck the whole time. See more »

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Bill: LOVE BROKERS!
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Referenced in Dirty Work (1998) See more »

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That's What Friends Are For
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed and Produced by Rod Stewart
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Working stiffs! (spoilers)
5 August 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you love Michael Keaton in early 80s comedy, then Night Shift is definitely recommended for you. He and Henry Winkler as a pair of mismatched oddballs make the perfect comic duo in this Ron Howard comedy.

Henry Winkler is the soft spoken, timid Chuck Lumley. He's a moper, and works at the city morgue, which is where he meets the wild Bill Blazejowski (Michael Keaton), an absolute fun-loving weirdo with a headful of crazy get-rich-quick ideas. Bill wants Chuck to be his partner for his next business venture: they're going to run a high class prostitution ring out of the city morgue.

The idea sounds stupid, but it is well-meaning in some regards, since these are career prostitutes who've gotten pushed around for too long. Bill and Chuck are going to be their friendly godpimps, and help them be successful, high class hookers. Their clientelle are kind, jolly fellows, and the pimps (Chuck and Bill) are always good to the girls. And they all make a sh*tload of cash. Unfortunately, in trying to create this romantic comedy aspect (Chuck falls in love with Belinda--Shelly Long--who is one of the hookers), it glamorizes prostitution, which is pretty sad and at the same time, pretty stupid.

Also, while Chuck and Bill are having their fun, a pimp and his goon (Richard Belzer and Badja Djola)want to know where all of their girls have gone and why, if someone else is running the business, they haven't been given a cut of the profits. They're a dangerous pair (although, they turn out to be pretty wimpy in the end).

The movie becomes a combination of the Odd Couple as Bill tries to invovle Chuck in all sorts of his crazy ideas once the prostitution gimmick picks up and becomes quite successful. Chuck, it being part of his nature to always do things safely and not too spontaneously, gradually becomes annoyed with Bill, especially when Bill's ideas start to get him in a whole lot of trouble. Though, in Bill's defense, he does try to help his friend out by trying to get him to stand up for himself and quit being afraid of everything. Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton are terrific here in all of their zany antics.

The other half of the movie is something like Irma La Douce in that Belinda is the lovely prostitute that Chuck has fallen for. And, once he does, he doesn't want her hooking anymore. Shelly Long was also quite good in this movie, and a natural, as always. What an underrated actress.

Night Shift is a pretty good comedy with a great cast that makes a somewhat stupid story work great. The dialogue is just absolutely silly (like when Bill and Chuck are fighting in the office and all Bill can say is as he's crashing through glass and junk is that Bill should be careful because Chuck's wearing white).


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