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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:
Goldie Hawn Shines: A World Suddenly Inverted See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
Tom Duffield .... set designer (uncredited)
Jaymes Hinkle .... graphics designer (uncredited)
 
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
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
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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100 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The scene taking place on the pier, as Goldie Hawn's character meets her husband returning from the war, was filmed with real sailors as extras from the USS Lang and the USS Gray, both fast frigates and built during the Vietnam War.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:
I'll Be Seeing YouSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Goldie Hawn Shines: A World Suddenly Inverted, 6 June 2004

"Swing Shift," director Jonathan Demme's sensitive story about women who went to war with a rivet gun, begins the night before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Living in modest California bungalows, Kay Walsh (Goldie Hawn) and her husband, Jack (Ed Harris) live a simple and enjoyable life. Everything is suddenly changed with the Sunday afternoon announcement of the devastating assault on the Pacific Fleet and the Army Air Corps bases in Hawaii.

Jack enlists immediately as do many of the couple's neighbors and friends. Alone, bored and motivated by genuine patriotism Kay goes to work at an aircraft plant that builds the tough, reliable SBD carrier-borne dive bomber. She strikes up, awkwardly at first, a friendship with neighbor Hazel (Christine Lahti), a woman with a nightclub-owning boyfriend. Jack had made some nasty not sotto voce cracks about her before he left for war.

Kay takes to the assembly line and enjoys being productive. But she's also lonely - it was a long war. Her "leadman," a sort of foreman, is "Lucky" (Kurt Russell). He and she begin a friendship that culminates in one of those wartime affairs that happened very often and is realistically portrayed by Hawn who is torn between marital fidelity and loneliness (and, obviously, dealing with separation-enforced abstinence).

Lucky is a 4-F. That meant he was "physically, mentally or morally unfit" for military service. In his case - phew - it's a latent heart condition.

The affair goes through various stages, punctuated by Jack's surprise arrival on a forty-eight hour pass. Whatever suspecting his wife is having it on with Lucky may do to him, he's also both bemused and confused that as a "leadman," (she's been promoted) she earns more in a factory than he does serving in the Fleet. Harris's portrayal is of a man on the cusp of a social change he feels but can't really identify.

There are a lot of ups and downs in this story but Hawn and Lahti in particular deliver strongly emotional and convincing performances. This was long before women could rise to general officer or flag officer rank and assume major wartime responsibilities. Hawn is Rosie the Riveter, the patriotic but largely uneducated and unskilled patriotic American female. There were tens of thousands of such women employed in every type of industrial work.

Obviously the absence of husbands and the surfeit of available albeit older or not totally fit men aided the initiation of extramarital affairs. But "Swing Shift" also subtly conveys the reality that the women who went to work were empowered by the global conflict. Despite an ending that affirms the women's promise and duty to relinquish employment to returning veterans (the promise was unnecessary since both law and custom insured their rapid dismissal), American women were fundamentally changed by the liberating reality of serving their country by working (often for the first time) and earning money. The political, economic and social reverberations would be felt for decades. "Swing Shift" is fine entertainment but it's also a chronicle of an important aspect of America's Home Front.

A fine movie. Available on DVD in a good transfer with no real special features.

9/10.

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