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13 April 1984 (USA) See more »
When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Kay Walsh

Kurt Russell ... Lucky Lockhart

Christine Lahti ... Hazel

Fred Ward ... Biscuits Toohey

Ed Harris ... Jack Walsh
Sudie Bond ... Annie

Holly Hunter ... Jeannie
Patty Maloney ... Laverne

Lisa Pelikan ... Violet

Susan Peretz ... Edith

Joey Aresco ... Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs ... Clarence
Reid Cruickshanks ... Spike
Danny Darst ... Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)

Dennis Fimple ... Rupert George

Chris Lemmon ... Lt. O'Connor (as Christopher Lemmon)

Charles Napier ... Moon Willis

Stephen Tobolowsky ... French deMille / Documentary Narrator
Laura Hawn ... Ethel

Marvin Miller ... Rollo
Susan Barnes ... Skinny
Beth Henley ... Bible Pusher
Gene Borkan ... MP at Embarcation

Alana Stewart ... Frankie Parker
Phillip Christon ... Recruit at Egyptian

Penny Johnson Jerald ... Genevieve (as Penny Johnson)
Isabell O'Connor ... Rita (as Isabell Monk)
Maggie Renzi ... First Interviewer
Sandy McLeod ... Second Interviewer
George 'Red' Schwartz ... Cribman (as George Schwartz)
Alan Toy ... Assistant Cribman
Oceana Marr ... Ladies' Room Inspector
Richard K. Way ... Factory Soldier
Harold Jackson ... Piano Player at Sorrentino's
Don Carrara ... Drunk Sailor

Todd Allen ... Cpl. Bobby Danzig

Gary Goetzman ... Swing Shift Bandleader

Belinda Carlisle ... Jamboree Singer
Lissette LeCorn ... Peggy age 3
Jessica Gaynes ... Peggy age 7
Deena Marie ... Paper Girl
Roger Rook ... Bellhop
Joseph Hutton ... Seaman Amtzis

Harry Northup ... New Year's Eve Marine #1
David B. Carlton ... New Year's Eve Marine #2
Lisa Chadwick ... Vocalist at Kelly's

Eddie Smith ... Waiter at Kelly's
Eugene Jackson ... Bartender at Kelly's (as Eugene W. Jackson)
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Bouncer at Kelly's

Belita Moreno ... Mabel Stoddard

Roger Corman ... Mr. MacBride
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cynthia Lea Clark ... Dancer (uncredited)

Patrice Cole ... Soldier's Wife (uncredited)
Casey MacGill ... Musician extra (uncredited)
Luci-Lynn Norris ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Doug Savant ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
Writing credits
Nancy Dowd (written by) (as Rob Morton)

Bo Goldman  uncredited
Ron Nyswaner  uncredited

Produced by
Jerry Bick .... producer
Charles Mulvehill .... associate producer
Arlene Sellers .... executive producer
Alex Winitsky .... executive producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
Art Direction by
Bo Welch 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Haley 
R. Chris Westlund 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (as Tom Case)
Jerry O'Dell .... makeup artist (as Gerald O'Dell)
Kim Samson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Charles Mulvehill .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carla Brand Breitner .... second second assistant director
Michael Looney .... second assistant director
Sharon Mann .... second second assistant director (as Sharon S. Mann)
Charles Myers .... first assistant director (as C.A. Myers)
Evelyn Purcell .... second unit director
Cynthia Riddle .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Jack Johnson .... illustrator
Scott W. Leslie .... set dresser
Margie Stone McShirley .... set designer
William Kemper Wright .... leadman (as William Wright)
Tom Duffield .... set designer (uncredited)
Jaymes Hinkle .... graphics designer (uncredited)
Frank White .... labor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
James Beshears .... sound editor
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Tom Overton .... sound mixer (as Tommy Overton)
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Norman B. Schwartz .... adr dialogue editor
Larry Stensvold .... re-recording mixer
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodney M. Byrd .... special effects
Richard Lea .... special effects
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator
Edward Brown Jr. .... assistant camera
Paul Caven .... best boy electric
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer
John T. Ramsey .... key grip
Dwayne Redlin .... best boy grip
Peter Santoro .... assistant camera
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Stephen St. John .... steadicam operator
Albert Hood .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician: practical fixtures (uncredited)
Michael T. Travers .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michele Dittrick .... costumer
Silvio Scarano .... costume supervisor: men
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor: women
Robert Iannaccone .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gib Jaffe .... additional film editor
Location Management
Sam Mercer .... location manager
Music Department
Beth Bergeron .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator: Patrick Williams
Billy May .... orchestrator: Patrick Williams
Stephen Mitchell .... musician
Michael Moores .... orchestrator: Patrick Williams
L. Loren Newkirk .... musician
Morgan Cavett .... music contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
Nancy E. Barr .... production coordinator: re-takes
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Jim Gerwig .... caterer
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Eileen Omaye .... assistant: Jerry Bick
June Petersen .... assistant: Mr. Demme
W. Thomas Snyder .... production assistant
Phillip Christon .... intern (uncredited)

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Bruce Springsteen was considered for the role of Lucky Lockhart.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Kay Walsh:You, big...
Moon Willis:Big... yeah?
Kay Walsh:You big... fat...
Moon Willis:What?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Homefront, 6 February 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The story of Swing Swift was probably played out several thousand times during the World War II years. While the men went to war the women did their bit in industries to keep America's industrial machine running. No doubt they developed itches that needed scratching. One such was Goldie Hawn, the protagonist of this story.

On Pearl Harbor Day Goldie was the happily married wife of Ed Harris, who's nice enough, but a bit on the thick side and a regular alpha male. Harris goes into the navy and Hawn who doesn't want to live on just his allotment checks takes a job in an aircraft factory. She goes to work with her neighbor Christine Lahti whom she and Harris never really socialized with that much, but now they become best of friends.

An even better friendship develops with musician Kurt Russell who because gigs are getting fewer and farther between also takes a job in the same aircraft factory. He still blows his trumpet at some clubs in the wee small hours of the morning after the Swing Shift. He's also a quite legitimate 4-F due to a heart murmur.

Try as she might Hawn is unable to resist Russell's persistence. Then when Harris gets leave and returns all the issues come to a head.

Swing Shift which has a nice score of 40s era music which is my kind of music would never get a bad review from me if for that alone. But director Jonathan Demme really does well capturing the mood of the 40s when we were a people united trying to save the world from one nasty brutal tyranny. The women are shown to have a really tough time both mastering the defense jobs they were doing and taking a lot from the men still working there.

As we all know until recently Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were the happiest unmarried couple in the history of Hollywood. That comes right through in Swing Shift and that carries a great deal of the film.

Christine Lahti got Swing Shift's only Oscar recognition with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was one sassy woman who takes nothing off no one in the human race. It's also left her sad and a bit bitter. Before Pearl Harbor she was a nightclub singer and that world has left a mark on her. But she does have the right stuff in the end.

Swing Shift is a marvelous film recapturing a bygone era of a truly United States of America.

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