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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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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
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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)  »

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Tjejen som jobbade skift  »

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$6,700,000 (USA)
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Director Jonathan Demme wore period clothes on the set to help set the mood for the actors. See more »

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

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Kay Walsh: You, big...
Moon Willis: Big... yeah?
Kay Walsh: You big... fat...
Moon Willis: What?
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14 February 2016 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

Goldie Hawn knows how to make hit movie. Ever since she left, "Laugh In", she continued to shine. In "Swing Shift", she plays a housewife who goes to work, while her husband(Ed Harris) goes out to war. It's World War II, and there's a lot of servicemen out there with spouses. Most of them go find work to support their needs. Too many of them are tortured by loneliness. Kay Walsh (Hawn), happens to be one. So she happened to go to an armament factory. During that time, she was rattled by accidentally drilling a hole in the uniform of Lucky(Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn's real love). She's so ashamed for what she did, Lucky calms her down. Lucky's real job is a musician. Kay's co- worker and neighbor, Hazel(Christine Lahti), is an embittered woman who soon befriends Kay. All 3 decided to have fun during the time. When the husband comes home suddenly, Kay's life becomes upside-down. Knowing that the war is a factor, she tries her best to salvage the marriage. When the war ended, it would be a happy ending, right? However, during the war, a woman was widowed. A very touching film. Full of nostalgia. Recommended. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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