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Night Shift (1982)

R | | Comedy | 30 July 1982 (USA)
A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

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Ron Howard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Winkler ... Chuck Lumley
Michael Keaton ... Bill Blazejowski
Shelley Long ... Belinda Keaton
Gina Hecht ... Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley ... Edward Koogle
Bobby Di Cicco ... Leonard (as Bobby DiCicco)
Nita Talbot ... Vivian
Basil Hoffman ... Drollhauser
Tim Rossovich ... Luke
Clint Howard ... Jefferey
Joe Spinell ... Manetti
Cheryl Carter Cheryl Carter ... Tanya
Becky Gonzalez Becky Gonzalez ... Lupe
Corki Grazer Corki Grazer ... Sylvia (as Corki Corman)
Jaid Barrymore ... Joyce (as Ildiko Jaid)
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Storyline

A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her pimp. His partner, upon hearing the situation, suggests that they fill that opening themselves using the morgue at night as their brothel. Against his better judgement, he gets talked into the idea, only to find that it's more than his boss that has objections to this bit of entrepreneurship. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Servicio de noche See more »

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Gross USA:

$23,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early screen roles for Kevin Costner and Shannen Doherty. Costner as a frat boy in the morgue party scene (a non-speaking bit part), and Doherty plays a "Blue Bell" (liken to a "Girl Scout") in an elevator scene (with one line). See more »

Goofs

As Chuck get's his haircut, the barber holds up a mirror for Chuck to get a look. After he drops the mirror, his friend Bill, played by Michael Keaton is standing there for a surprise hello having come inside from the door to Chuck's right being blocked by the mirror. Right after Chuck holds the mirror up, we can see the top of Keaton's back sneaking into the film from Chuck's left which would have put his character right next to Chuck the whole time. See more »

Quotes

Belinda Keaton: Bill, Bill, are you all right? Did you break anything, Bill?
Bill Blazejowski: I caught an updraft.
Chuck Lumley: Are you ok?
Bill: Yeah, I'm all right, don't worry, I'm all right, fortunately the ground broke my fall.
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Someday, Someway
Written by Marshall Crenshaw (uncredited)
Performed by Marshall Crenshaw
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Michael Keaton's signature role
1 August 2000 | by WHCernanSee all my reviews

Adam Sandler and Pauly Shore can only DREAM of being as funny as Michael Keaton in "Night Shift." Keaton's hilarious performance only serves to underscore the fact that he's never been near as funny since.

Sure, the movie will never be in the AFI's top 100 list. But when I was 18, a loony pre-college me dreamed of being as funny as Billy Blaizejowski, Keaton's character in the film. I credit the script for great lines, but I doubt anyone could have made an annoying character like Billy loveable - except Keaton.

Henry Winkler does a bang-up job with a straight role that affords audiences little to get excited about. He is completely convincing as an in-over-his-head nebbish with a nervous stomach, and deserves credit for pulling it off without seeming whiny. We identify with Winkler's character even though we can see how cowardly he is.

The plot, of course, is contrived, as is any plot involving hookers with hearts of gold. It's hard to see Shelly Long as a prostitute, but she plays it gamely and has fun with the role.

I recommend this film if you have any craziness to your sense of humor, or just if you're a male between the ages of 17 and 25. That's the target audience, but even in my mid-30's, I still find Keaton's performance refreshing and laugh-out-loud funny.


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