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Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 15 May 1981 (USA)
The "Alison Group" has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top Manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them, the one which happens to be the main ... See full summary »


Gus Trikonis


Barry Schneider (screenplay), Jeffrey Bernini (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hays ... Frank Macklin
Barbara Hershey ... J.M. Halstead
David Keith ... Harry Meade
Tim Thomerson ... Ray Binkowski
Eddie Albert ... Samuel Ellison
Penelope Milford ... Lenore Meade
Charlie Rich Charlie Rich ... Hooker
Martin Mull ... Dick Ebersol
Art Carney ... Charlie Pickett
David Allan Coe David Allan Coe ... Mooney
Lacy J. Dalton Lacy J. Dalton ... Mooney's Wife
Royal Dano ... Beeber
Bruce M. Fischer ... Jimmy
Virgil Frye ... Cleach
James Karen ... Loomis


The "Alison Group" has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top Manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them, the one which happens to be the main company in his hometown. At first his old buddies are reluctant to have him as new boss, but since he can't save all of them from the severe changes, the climate soon changes. Then he learns that he increased the profit so much, that his bosses have decided to resell his brewery profitably to an incompetent Texas oil millionaire. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The comedy for everyone who's had it up to here... See more »




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Release Date:

15 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apáñatelas como puedas See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Production Co:

Cinema Group Ventures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star Billing: Robert Hays (first), Barbara Hershey (second), David Keith (third), Tim Thomerson (fourth), Eddie Albert (fifth), Penelope Milford (sixth), and Charlie Rich (seventh). See more »


Ray Binkowski: It's the battle of the luxury cars. Lincoln Continental and American know-how and skill against the German machine.
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Referenced in The Exes: Take This Job and Shove It (2013) See more »


Crazy Blue Eyes
Music and Lyrics by Lacy J. Dalton and Mary McFadden
Performed by Lacy J. Dalton
©1979 Algee Music Corp. (BMI)
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Sad waste of talent and good songs
3 March 2000 | by coop-16See all my reviews

When one looks at the cast of this incredibly bad film, one wonders who it could be so bad. There are good actors in this waste of celluloid...Art Carney, Royal Dano, David Keith,and Barbara Hershey, among others. In addition, the Johnny Paycheck song is a minor Country classic. There are also two genuinely funny, touching Bobby Bare/Lacy J. Dalton duets, " Beer Drinkin'Christians"(its far, far better-and even more profound- than the title makes it sound), and "Its a Dirty Job, but Someone's Got to do It." The latter song, about the collapse of a blue collar marriage, comes during one of the few moments of sociological -and human- insight in the whole mess, when David Keith and his wife are arguing about family finances and their kids futures over dinner.In the background, we see a statue of The Sacred Heart, and we realize that these people are, indeed, "beer-drinkin' Christians". The culprits are a moronic script that mixes crass., occasionally amusing slapstick with "biting' social criticism, and the flat-footed direction of Gus Trikonis, a true hack. To adapt a phrase from Ms. Dalton's song ( that sadly underused talent has a brief appearance as a bar-maid), the unfortunate soul that sits through this film will feel "..like a lame armadillo , dodging fast Chrysler's on interstate 10"...a 4. ( And that only because we get to see Ms. Hershey mud -wrestle, and because the songs are pretty good)

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