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Swing Shift (1984)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 April 1984 (USA)
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A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kay Walsh
... Lucky Lockhart
... Hazel Zanussi
... Biscuits Toohey
... Jack Walsh
... Annie
... Jeannie Sherman
Patty Maloney ... Laverne
... Violet Mulligan
... Edith Castle
... Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs ... Clarence
Reid Cruickshanks ... Spike
Danny Darst ... Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)
... Rupert George
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Jack and Kay Walsh are typical of many couples of the 1940s, where he is the breadwinner and she the housewife dependent upon him to do the man's duties around the house. Jack believes one of their neighbors in the housing complex in which they live in Los Angeles is white trash - he letting her know so at every opportunity, while Kay is quietly curious about her. That neighbor is streetwise Hazel Zanussi, an aspiring singer who does get a chance to sing on occasion at the club managed by her casual boyfriend, Biscuits Toohey, although he relegates her to being one of the taxi dancers more often against her wants, while he cheats on her behind her back despite truly having feelings for her. Hazel just wants to make an honest living. Their worlds are turned upside down on December 7, 1941 when the US enters WWII with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jack immediately enlists in the Navy, and while he will send money home, his decision leaves Kay largely to fend for herself. Against... Written by Huggo

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When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.

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Drama | Romance | War

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13 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,270,136, 15 April 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,650,206
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Ed Harris and Fred Ward previously appeared in The Right Stuff (1983). See more »

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Whenever the character of Jack is playing the trumpet, his fingering does not match the music he is supposedly playing. See more »

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Jack Walsh: Didn't it mean anything... that... that you're my wife?
Kay Walsh: Of course it meant something.
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Great Depiction Of The Era
11 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

December 7, 1941 ...........

That is what this film is about , World War II And it's affects it has on a family when a loved one goes away for a long period of time.

Goldie Hawn is superb as is Christine Lahti and Kurt Russell the three stars of the film , Well Acted by all ............

Also Look for a rather young Ed Harris as Goldie's Husband who goes off to war and Holly Hunter as Her Co-Worker in the Aviation Factory . Also a Great Score By Carly Simon singing the main title song .


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