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9 to 5 (1980)

Nine to Five (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 19 December 1980 (USA)
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Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director:

Colin Higgins

Writers:

Patricia Resnick (story), Colin Higgins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Judy Bernly
Lily Tomlin ... Violet Newstead
Dolly Parton ... Doralee Rhodes
Dabney Coleman ... Franklin Hart, Jr.
Sterling Hayden ... Tinsworthy
Elizabeth Wilson ... Roz
Henry Jones ... Hinkle
Lawrence Pressman ... Dick
Marian Mercer ... Missy Hart
Renn Woods ... Barbara (as Ren Woods)
Norma Donaldson Norma Donaldson ... Betty
Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini ... Maria
Peggy Pope ... Margaret
Richard Stahl ... Meade
Ray Vitte ... Eddie
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Storyline

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 Peanutlee <oprlvr@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

They're showing the Boss who's the BOSS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In one scene, Dabney Coleman's character is watching a soap opera. Two years later, in Tootsie (1982), Coleman played the director of a soap opera. See more »

Goofs

In her fantasy sequence, Judy fires 15 shots from a double-barrel shotgun, with no time between shots to reload. And the 14th shot has the distinctive sound of a ricochet, which buck-shot does not do. See more »

Quotes

Violet Newstead: [getting high with the other two women and discussing Hart] I don't think I could ever shoot a gun, I don't care... I can't understand guys like Hart, who go out and shoot things, like Bambi and Thumper... and that cute little skunk?
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Alternate Versions

Edited for TV version cuts the boss's explanation for why he doesn't want to be examined after waking up in hospital. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Perfect Strangers: Get a Job (1987) See more »

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Nine To Five
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
Produced by Gregg Perry
©1980 Velvet Apple Music and Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.
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nice fun likable group
23 October 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) is new to the clerical pool. Her husband left her for his secretary. Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin) is the veteran tired of getting passed over. Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton) is the secretary to sexist boss Franklin M. Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman). She is ostracized for a false rumor of having an affair with the boss. The three women become friends after a constant series of injustices by Franklin. Some misunderstandings lead the girls to believe that Violet accidentally poisoned Franklin. Franklin finds out and tries to blackmail Doralee. That is when Doralee takes him prisoner.

This is not as funny as one may expect. At least, there are no big laughs. This has a black comedy edge to it. It is likable enough. The three women have great chemistry. And Dolly Parton has that iconic song. Coleman is a great chauvinist.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From 9 to 5 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,966,832, 21 December 1980

Gross USA:

$103,290,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,300,143
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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