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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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The oldest profession in a new-look comedy 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

Breakthrough and first starring role of actor Michael Keaton. See more »

Goofs

When the pimp is chased into the narrow alley in the beginning, the car is obviously much too close to the walls for its driver and passenger to get out, or at least not as quickly as shown. See more »

Quotes

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

References Donahue (1967) 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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Night Shift is the right shift
7 February 2005 | by (Oh kla hoe mah) – See all my reviews

This movie rocks. The cast, the soundtrack, the writing, the timing, it has it all. It is not your typical 80's movie, although a lot of movies were (and still are) being made where this one takes place in New York City. The plot is quite simple as Michael Keaton (Billy Blazejowski) and Henry Winkler (Chuck Lumley) work on the night shift at a morgue. Billy is an idea man,(he wants to feed mayonaisse to tuna to simplify the process of having to mix the mayo with the tuna) while Chuck is seems less and less content spending time when he can alone with his neurotic girlfriend. One day as he arrived at his apartment building, Chuck bumps into his neighbor, Shelly Long, after she had been beaten up by her pimp. Chuck later shares her plight with Billy Blaze. Well, it's at that point that Billy suggests that he and Chuck should run an escort service out of the morgue at night as pimps for Chuck's neighbor. The hilarity begins well before that, as there are too many quotes to list. I will say that once they become "LOVEBROKERS", as Billy so entusiastically suggested, their lifestyles change as the main characters' Parsons allow. This is a great movie that I now proudly own. You should too, if you're into first rate comedies about prostitution and pimp daddies. I know I am.


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