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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.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Nancy Dowd (as Rob Morton)
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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:
Goldie Hawn ... Kay Walsh
Kurt Russell ... Lucky Lockhart
Christine Lahti ... Hazel Zanussi
Fred Ward ... Biscuits Toohey
Ed Harris ... Jack Walsh
Sudie Bond ... Annie
Holly Hunter ... Jeannie Sherman
Patty Maloney ... Laverne
Lisa Pelikan ... Violet Mulligan
Susan Peretz ... Edith Castle
Joey Aresco ... Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs Morris 'Tex' Biggs ... Clarence
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Spike
Danny Darst Danny Darst ... Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)
Dennis Fimple ... Rupert George
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,270,136, 15 April 1984

Gross USA:

$6,650,206

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,650,206
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack comes home in 1944 he is wearing the rating badge of a Machinist's Mate 2nd Class, correctly on his left sleeve. He is also wearing ribbons for the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (the highest non-combat heroism award), The American Defense Service Medal (incorrectly) and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. See more »

Goofs

When the service men are boarding the bus, and Kay is saying goodbye to her husband, a man appears with a megaphone to announce the bus is departing. His megaphone is a self-contained transistor one which was not available in 1941. See more »

Quotes

Jack Walsh: That guy you work with... what's his name?
Kay Walsh: Lucky?
Jack Walsh: There's no question about that.
Kay Walsh: What do you mean?
Jack Walsh: Well, he's stateside, he's not in uniform... how lucky can you get?
Kay Walsh: I don't think he'd call it lucky.
Jack Walsh: Well, the next time you go to work ask him what he'd call it and where I might stand in line to get it.
Kay Walsh: What would you call it, Jack?
Jack Walsh: I'd call it cheating, Kay.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

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There's a Brand New Picture in My Picture Frame
(uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
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Great Depiction Of The Era
11 April 2002 | by brymshawSee 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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