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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Director Jonathan Demme wore period clothes on the set to help set the mood for the actors. See more »

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The factory continues to produce SBDs with a red circle within the white star many months after it had been officially eliminated (May 1942) See more »

Quotes

Kay Walsh: You, big...
Moon Willis: Big... yeah?
Kay Walsh: You big... fat...
Moon Willis: What?
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Serenade in Blue
Composed by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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If there was a boogie woogie bugle boy, there had to be a female equivalent.
7 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

An easy-to-watch look at the Rosie the Riveter culture during WWII, "Swing Shift" is nothing special but passes. Goldie Hawn is her usual self as housewife Kay Walsh, who goes to work in the factories after her husband Jack (Ed Harris) goes off to fight in the war. If anything weakens the movie, it's something that we only recognize in the 21st century: the fact that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell met on the set (Russell plays her new love interest). Since then, stories of movie stars meeting on movie sets - and possible breaking up marriages - have become so commonplace that it makes our eyes roll.

But the movie itself is pretty interesting. Maybe it's not any kind of masterpiece, but it's fun to watch. Also starring Christine Lahti, Fred Ward and Holly Hunter. Jonathan Demme was certainly demonstrating the talent that he would later bring to "Silence of the Lambs", "Philadelphia" and "Beloved".


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