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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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Lucky Lockhart
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Biscuits Toohey
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Jack Walsh
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Edith
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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)

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$6,650,206 (USA)
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Ed Harris and Fred Ward previously appeared in The Right Stuff (1983). See more »

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Whenever the character of Jack is playing the trumpet, his fingering does not match the music he is supposedly playing. See more »

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French deMille: Each returning serviceman will get his job back when the war is won. And you girls and women, you'll be going home. Back to being housewives and mothers as you promised to do when you came to work with us. Your lives will return to normal.
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Serenade in Blue
Composed by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
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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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