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Swing Shift (1984)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Kay Walsh
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Lucky Lockhart
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Biscuits Toohey
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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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Jack and Kay Walsh are typical of many couples of the 1940s, where he is the breadwinner and she the housewife dependent upon him to do the man's duties around the house. Jack believes one of their neighbors in the housing complex in which they live in Los Angeles is white trash - he letting her know so at every opportunity, while Kay is quietly curious about her. That neighbor is streetwise Hazel Zanussi, an aspiring singer who does get a chance to sing on occasion at the club managed by her casual boyfriend, Biscuits Toohey, although he relegates her to being one of the taxi dancers more often against her wants, while he cheats on her behind her back despite truly having feelings for her. Hazel just wants to make an honest living. Their worlds are turned upside down on December 7, 1941 when the US enters WWII with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jack immediately enlists in the Navy, and while he will send money home, his decision leaves Kay largely to fend for herself. Against... Written by Huggo

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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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Drama | Romance | War

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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

The original script was written by Nancy Dowd and then rewritten by others. When the film was released, the writing credit was assigned to the fictional "Rob Morton". See more »

Goofs

When marine Bobby Danzig first speaks to Jeannie, he is wearing the insignia of a private first class (one chevron), but is wearing a red "blood stripe" on his dress blue trousers; this stripe is designated for non-commissioned officers, which a PFC is not (the Private First Class should be wearing plain blue trousers). However, the end credits identify Danzig as a corporal - two ranks higher than a PFC, and authorized to wear the stripe. See more »

Quotes

[final lines]
Kay Walsh: Hazel... we showed 'um didn't we.
Hazel: Boy, did we ever.
[both hug and cry]
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Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more »

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Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

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I'll Be Seeing You
Composed by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Performed by Jo Stafford
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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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