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Director:
Writer:
Nancy Dowd (written by)
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Release Date:
13 April 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Heavy-handed comedy-drama with equal parts pathos and nostalgia See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Goldie Hawn ... Kay Walsh

Kurt Russell ... Mike 'Lucky' Lockhart

Christine Lahti ... Hazel

Fred Ward ... Archibald 'Biscuits' Touie

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 de Mille / Documentary Narrator
Laura Hawn ... Ethel, Spike's Wife
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 ... Genevieve
Isabell O'Connor ... Rita (as Isabell Monk)
Maggie Renzi ... First Interviewer
Sandy McLeod ... Second Interviewer (as Sandi McLeod)
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 Soldier

Todd Allen ... Col. Bobby Danzig

Gary Goetzman ... Swing Shift bandleader

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

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)
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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
Gib Jaffe 
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)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
James Beshears .... sound editor
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Roger Sword .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rodney M. Byrd .... special effects
Richard Lea .... special effects
 
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
 
Editorial Department
Gib Jaffe .... additional film editor
 
Music Department
Beth Bergeron .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator: Patrick Williams
Billy May .... orchestrator: Patrick Williams
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
Sam Mercer .... location manager
Eileen Omaye .... assistant: Jerry Bick
June Petersen .... assistant: Mr. Demme
W. Thomas Snyder .... production assistant
Phillip Christon .... intern (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
100 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell fell in love and moved in together after working on this project.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the service men are boarding the bus, and Goldie Hawn 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:
Kay Walsh:You, big...
Moon Willis:Big... yeah?
Kay Walsh:You big... fat...
Moon Willis:What?
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Soundtrack:
Why Don't You Do Right?See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Heavy-handed comedy-drama with equal parts pathos and nostalgia, 18 May 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

WWII star-vehicle for Goldie Hawn, here cast as a Rosie the Riveter-type who goes to work in an airplane-parts factory after her husband reports for duty. Poor beginning and hastily-filmed conclusion redeemed somewhat by bright moments in the middle. Hawn seems to realize she's being upstaged by Christine Lahti (as a "tramp" who lives in the same housing complex) and the final moments flip-flop trying to restructure the film's focus in Goldie's favor (check out that final shot). There's nothing wrong with that--Goldie's a wonderful presence and she's very appealing in parts of the movie--but her character as written just isn't all that interesting. As the men vying for Hawn's affections, Kurt Russell and Ed Harris are handsome and serviceable. As for Lahti, she indeed shines, obviously relishing the chance to play against type. I just wish the interaction between Lahti and Hawn had been explored with more depth, but it isn't. This is the fault of the screenwriter (the non-existent "Rob Morton", who is really Bo Goldman, Ron Nyswaner, and Nancy Dowd, here doing a WWII variation on "Coming Home", which Dowd also had a hand in) and also Goldie Hawn, who reportedly fought with director Jonathan Demme over control of the piece. They are all to blame for the slim box-office receipts "Swing Shift" struggled to bring in. **1/2 from ****

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