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Swing Shift (1984)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 April 1984 (USA)
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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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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Opening Weekend:

$2,270,136 (USA) (15 April 1984)

Gross:

$6,650,206 (USA)
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The film was originally written as a vehicle of Jane Fonda. When her agent turned it down and Goldie Hawn replaced her, the script was partially re-written as a comedy. See more »

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When the service men are boarding the bus, and Kay is saying goodbye to her husband, a man appears with a megaphone to announce the bus is departing. His megaphone is a self-contained transistor one which was not available in 1941. See more »

Quotes

Jack Walsh: Blame it on the war - it's everybody's excuse.
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Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more »


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Someone Waits For You
Performed by Carly Simon
Produced by Richard Perry
Music by Peter Allen
Lyrics by Will Jennings
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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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