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.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift  »

Box Office


$6,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Bruce Springsteen was considered for the role of Lucky Lockhart. 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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Composed by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
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Well-Acted, Fairly Well-Written
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this WW2-era drama, Goldie Hawn is the main character, and she tries to keep pace with the changes in her life as she goes from demure housewife from Iowa to lead lineperson in an aircraft factory by day and some-time escort of a jazz trumpeter (with a motorcycle/sidecar, no-less) by night. An interesting unfolding of the individual takes place amongst the trials of war-time life. When she finally, after many months, succumbs to the jazzman's charms, I was sympathetic toward her loneliness and formerly-repressed need for expression. During her tryst, it was always evident that she still loved her husband, played by Ed Harris, who was away in the navy. The fine acting jobs by Hawn, Harris, Russel and Christine Lahti are not exactly wasted in Swing Shift, but I would have liked to have seen more of the inner persons exposed, especially in regards to their thoughts and questions about why the Japanese attacked. The movie is good, but the individuals portrayed in the movie accept the war and their roles in it somewhat robotically, in that there is very little dialogue regarding the U.S. military's presence in Hawaii and other foreign countries. I feel this kind of dialogue would have helped develop the characters more. A fine move, well-directed and well-produced. Some powerful acting by Hawn, who manages to seem scared, but dauntless at the same time. Not an easy thing to do.

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