When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.



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When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!


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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fábrica das Loucuras  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$36,611,610 (USA)

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Despite the use of popular songs "Tough Enough" from The Fabulous Thunderbirds and "Don't Get Me Wrong" from The Pretenders, no soundtrack was released. See more »


When Hunt and his girlfriend drive from the airport, they pass the same parked school bus at least twice, without ever making a turn. See more »


Buster: [to a Japanese worker] Yo, made in Japan!
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References High Noon (1952) See more »


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Not edgy, but funny
17 November 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Surprised to see the rather low score for this movie. Just saw this film for the first time in 10 years, and was reminded why I like it.

Come back with me, children, to a time when Michael Keaton was a straight-up comedy guy, and you might find some joy in this film. It's a gentle comedy -- the kind Ron Howard specializes in -- but if that's your thing, you should check this out. Keaton's low-key charm is just right for this project.

"Gung Ho" is a bit dated, because it takes places in the last stage of the pre-global economy world, when it still mattered what country a business was based in. That said, it delivers laughs as well as a lesson on how people can learn from each other, to great benefit.

You could watch this film and enjoy it without remembering one scene in particular you really liked, but that's because the whole movie provides a slow but constant stream of laughs. It's like an I.V. drip. And I mean that in a good way.

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