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Swing Shift (1984)

 -  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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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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Film reportedly went through a major bout of editing; some say this was due to the tensions between Hawn and director Demme; some industry insiders reported many of Lahti's scenes were re-shot or cut entirely due to Hawn's belief that she was stealing scenes, though Lahti and Hawn apparently got on well during filming. See more »

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The Navy rank patch is displayed on Fred Ward's right sleeve when it should be on his left. 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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Produced by Richard Perry
Music by Peter Allen
Lyrics by Will Jennings
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Swing Shift is a nice period piece.
5 July 2001 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

I really did like this movie. There's a lot to like. It's the beginning of World War II, and all the men are being called to the Army. Goldie Hawn and Ed Harris are a typical American couple thus pulled apart. Goldie gets a Rosie the Riveter job, where she meets Kurt Russel, a 4F plant foreman, and the rest is history.

Swing Shift was directed by Jonathan Demme, of Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia fame, and if this one is a little lighter, it was also a lot earlier in his career. Holly Hunter appears in a very small supporting role, but gives it her star-quality best. Christine Lahti is magnificent as the single neighbor who befriends Goldie at the factory even though she and her husband were cruel to her before the war changed everyone's lives. Fred Ward was already becoming old hat, but he, like the rest of the film, ends up being likeable and thoroughly enjoyable.

Hawn and Russell met on the set and have been together ever since. Maybe the excitement of their real-life romance drained the spark from their on-screen version. This could have been a really moving story of a woman who falls in love while her husband is off to war, but ends up showing us a couple of bump-buddies killing time till their real lives resume. Perhaps that was the point.

Ed Harris is perfectly cast as the common man trying to keep his marriage together in the face of all that life throws in its way. There is a famous scene, in which Ed, wearing nothing but a bath towel, plops into a floppy chair with a cold beer. The resulting bounce proves that Harris is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and explains why this charming little tale will never be on DVD.

Swing Shift is a nice period piece, and provides an amusing, if not entirely accurate, view of the tumultous years in the middle of the last century when the entire world went to war.


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