Meet Franklin Hart (Dabney Coleman). The biggest "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss on the planet. He thrills in taking advantage of his head female office staff; humiliating, downplaying, and condescending against them whenever conveniently possible, particularly his top assistant Violet (Lily Tomlin). Long-exhausted over his gruesome bullishness, Violet, alongside co-workers Doralee (Dolly Parton) and Judy (Jane Fonda) comprise comical methods of "doing him in", when a freak incident occurs. They then manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department, and productivity leaps. But just how long can they keep him tied up?Written by
This picture ranks seventy-fourth on the American Film Institute's list of "America's 100 Funniest Movies". When released in the United States of America and Canada, it was in the top three movies. See more »
When Violet's car (with the three women in the front seat) wrecks into the Dumpster, none are wearing seat belts (we see them get into the car) yet none of them flies forward on impact, despite a high speed. See more »
[the captive Franklin Hart, tied down to his bed, has just been informed by Judy and Company about their finding the company-owned Ajax Warehouse cleaned out]
Franklin Hart, Jr.:
An empty warehouse? What's wrong with that?
That's what Billy Sol Estes said, remember? He got 15 years on Alcatraz for embezzlement.
That warehouse is supposed to be filled with inventory from Consolidated. But you sold all of it and you pocketed the money... which explains how you could afford this mansion.
We keep underrating you, fella. ...
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Judy Bernly fell in love and married the Xerox representative. See more »
TV version omits the pot-smoking scene. See more »
Fully of classic one line quotes you'll be laughing for ages.
This has to be a true classic movie for anybody. Parton, Fonda, Tomlin play the three main characters set in a big business office block, "Consolidated". Dolly Parton is excellent, portraying the country girl, Jane Fonda as the divorced housewife's first job role, and Lily Tomlin as the bosses stepping stone. The film is full of one line crack jokes which can be missed on the first time you watch it. Do watch the movie a few times, and soon you'll pick up on how funny the lines are "Violet, did you get my Memo?", "I did Roz, I tore right through it".
Later in the film the plot is well underway and animation is combined successfully with Tomlin's scene of a Snow White type character!
I loved this film, and my laserdisc copy is always on the top of the pile. A good all rounder to be watched over and over, and I sometimes find myself using those punch lines.
Dolly Parton provides the "9 to 5" opening music, which sets the movie off to a good pace.
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