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Swing Shift (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 April 1984 (USA)
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A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an airport plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

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Kay Walsh
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Mike 'Lucky' Lockhart
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Archibald 'Biscuits' Touie
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Jack Walsh
Sudie Bond ...
Annie
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Jeannie
Patty Maloney ...
Laverne
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Violet
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Edith
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Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs ...
Clarence
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Spike
Danny Darst ...
Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)
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Rupert George
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In 1941 America Kay and her husband are happy enough until he enlists after Pearl Harbor. Against his wishes, his wife takes a job at the local aircraft plant where she meets Hazel, the singer from across the way to whom she hadn't previously been all that nice. The two soon become firm friends and with the other girls become increasingly expert workers able to ride the jibes of the male workforce. As the war drags on Kay finally goes on a date with her trumpet playing foreman and life inevitably starts to get complicated. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.

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Comedy | Drama

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13 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift  »

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$6,700,000 (USA)
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The scene taking place on the pier was filmed at Long Beach Navy Base. You can see the USS New Jersey, recently restored upgraded and home-ported there, over Goldy's shoulder. This gave the effect of the scene happening at the end of WWII as the New Jersey was a WWII battleship. See more »

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When the service men are boarding the bus, and Goldie Hawn is saying goodbye to her husband, a man appears with a megaphone to announce the bus is departing. His megaphone is a self-contained transistor one which was not available in 1941. See more »

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[final lines]
Kay Walsh: Hazel... we showed 'um didn't we.
Hazel: Boy, did we ever.
[both hug and cry]
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War War II era romantic drama
1 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

i liked this romantic drama set during World War II.the gist of it is:the American men had to go and fight the war,and the women are needed to take their place working in the the factories,building equipment for the War Effort.for one woman,romance comes into her life as a result.one thing i found interesting(though not surprising)is how these woman were treated like second class citizens and how little respect they got for doing their hard work.it's indicative of the time,but it's also shameful,like many other things in history.Goldie Hawn heads the cast along with Kurt Russel.Ed Harris and Fred Ward also star.but i thought Christine Lahti put in a terrific performance and stole any scenes she was in.regardless,this is a great little drama.for me,Swing Shift is an 8/10


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