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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 ...
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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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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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13 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Tjejen som jobbade skift  »

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$6,700,000 (USA)
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[final lines]
Kay Walsh: Hazel... we showed 'um didn't we.
Hazel: Boy, did we ever.
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Doesn't swing quite enough
13 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nice period feeling and an interesting premise that doesn't get a lot of attention, women's role in the workplace during WWII. They should have focused on that and left the weak love story out and would had a better film. The problem is that Goldie's and Russell's characters are not really people you can feel much empathy for, she's spoiled and selfish and he's really rather a jerk whereas the more interesting and relatable characters played by Ed Harris and Christine Lahti are kept too much in the background. Christine Lahti however steals every second she's on screen apparently pre-release tinkering cut some of her best work to throw the spotlight more Goldie's way, perhaps costing her a best supporting actress Oscar although she was nominated. You'll spot Holly Hunter early in her career as one of the factory girls. Not without its merits and attractions but less than it could have been.


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