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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Walsh
Mike 'Lucky' Lockhart
Archibald 'Biscuits' Touie
Jack Walsh
Sudie Bond ...
Patty Maloney ...
Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs ...
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Danny Darst ...
Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)
Rupert George


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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Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift  »

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$6,700,000 (USA)

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The USS Lang ff-1060 is the ship that sailors walk off of in the scene where Goldie Hawn's character meets her husband returning from the war. See more »


The Navy rank patch is displayed on Fred Ward's right sleeve when it should be on his left. See more »


Kay Walsh: You, big...
Moon Willis: Big... yeah?
Kay Walsh: You big... fat...
Moon Willis: What?
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Swing In and See It.
2 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A quiet first-rate film that has Goldie Hawn at a factory to produce military goods during World War II while husband Ed Harris is off fighting the war. Hawn would have never thought that she would fall for co-worker Kurt Russell in this fine motion picture. Christine Lahti (Oscar-nominated) shines as another co-worker who has a bad reputation and Fred Ward gives another fine performance in a small supporting role. Directed by Jonathan Demme, "Swing Shift" is one of those diamonds in the rough from the 1980s. A good film. 4 stars out of 5.

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