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Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 1986 (USA)
When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hunt Stevenson
... Oishi Kazihiro
... Buster
... Audrey
... Willie
... Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
... Saito
... Googie
... Paul
Jihmi Kennedy ... Junior
... Heather DiStefano
Rodney Kageyama ... Ito
... Mayor Conrad Zwart
... Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
Jerry Tondo ... Kazuo
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Storyline

Hunt Stevenson works for a large car manufacturer that has just been bought out by a Japanese firm. Suddenly finding himself having to justify his own job, he's forced to choose between redundancy or the seemingly inhuman Japanese work ethic that the new owners have brought with them. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fábrica de locuras  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,170,830, 16 March 1986

Gross USA:

$36,611,610
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The make and models of the cars manufactured at the motor corporation in the film are 1983 Fiat Regattas ('Assan' 1a serie [149]) and 1986 Fiat Spazios ('Assan' [147]). See more »

Goofs

During the softball game, Buster knocks down Saito as he runs the bases. When Saito is helped up and begins walking off the field, he puts his sunglasses on crooked, as if they are broken. In the next cut, while still walking off the field, Saito's sunglasses are gone. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Sakamoto: [hands a janitor's mop to Saito, the naysayer executive, effectively demoting Saito from VP to janitor]
Mr. Sakamoto: Good luck in your new career.
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Connections

Followed by Gung Ho (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T GET ME WRONG
By Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Produced by Jimmy Lavine and Bob Clearmountain
Courtesy of Sire Records Company
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Not edgy, but funny
17 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Surprised to see the rather low score for this movie. Just saw this film for the first time in 10 years, and was reminded why I like it.

Come back with me, children, to a time when Michael Keaton was a straight-up comedy guy, and you might find some joy in this film. It's a gentle comedy -- the kind Ron Howard specializes in -- but if that's your thing, you should check this out. Keaton's low-key charm is just right for this project.

"Gung Ho" is a bit dated, because it takes places in the last stage of the pre-global economy world, when it still mattered what country a business was based in. That said, it delivers laughs as well as a lesson on how people can learn from each other, to great benefit.

You could watch this film and enjoy it without remembering one scene in particular you really liked, but that's because the whole movie provides a slow but constant stream of laughs. It's like an I.V. drip. And I mean that in a good way.


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