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Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | | Horror | 26 October 1990 (USA)
In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director:

Ralph S. Singleton

Writers:

Stephen King (short story), John Esposito (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Andrews ... John Hall
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Jane Wisconsky
Stephen Macht ... Warwick
Andrew Divoff ... Danson
Vic Polizos ... Brogan
Brad Dourif ... The Exterminator
Robert Alan Beuth ... Ippeston
Ilona Margolis Ilona Margolis ... Nordello
Jimmy Woodard Jimmy Woodard ... Carmichael
Jonathan Emerson ... Jason Reed
Minor Rootes Minor Rootes ... Stevenson
Kelly L. Goodman ... Warwick's Secretary
Susan Lowden Susan Lowden ... Daisy May
Joe Perham Joe Perham ... Mill Inspector
Dana Packard ... Millworker
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Storyline

In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time......he pushes you over.

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Graveyard Shift See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangor, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,582,891
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The patch on Cleveland's (The Exterminator) shoulder is the emblem of 33 ("Ba Muoi Ba") a Vietnamese rice-brewed beer that was popular amongst American GIs who served during the war. See more »

Goofs

When they first go into the sub-basement Warwick puts grease on his face and its there throughout the movie. Later on in the cave full of bones, all the shots of his face show no grease whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

[Tucker reports on the huge rat holes he's seen]
Tucker Cleveland: I don't mind telling you, this place is infested.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits have a strange theme song with the cast members saying stuff from the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are some scenes included in the network version not included in the video version. Warwick comes in Nardellos office and he says take a break Nardello. Two parts of the scene when Brogan and Dansen heckle John in the diner with the "special order for the comander of the rat patrol" were cut. A scene were Dansen and Brogan burn Johns time card was cut. A alternate ending had John Punching out his and Janes time cards. Another scene with John And Jane in Jane's van was cut. Still one more scene which had John and Ippeston cleaning the basement was cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Castle Rock: Severance (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

HONKY TONK DREAMS
By Charlie Daniels, William Digregorio, Tommy Crain, Freddie
Edwards & Charlie Hayward
Performed by The Charlie Daniels Band and Lacy J. Dalton
Charlie Daniels performs courtesy of CBS Records
Lacy J. Dalton performs courtesy of Capitol Nashville, a division of Capitol-EMI Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly Good Rat Flick, Unduly Maligned
11 December 2016 | by spencergrande6See all my reviews

A surprisingly good rat flick (another in a long line of minor classic neglected King adaptations). The changes made to the story are really quite good. In particular Brad Dourif as the Exterminator. He has a scene where he's describing how rats were used in 'Nam (not present in the short story) that's mesmerizing -- Dourif completely owns it.

Stephen Macht is great with his ridiculous "Maine" accent and scene chewing. It's a kind of perfect demented B-movie performance.

This is just another good rat movie let down by an abrupt, nonsensical ending. This one ends as just a boring creature feature with a giant bat underground. None of the foreboding or terror that preceded it. Killing off the best characters in lackluster ways. It really felt like the filmmakers had no idea where to take it, or ran out of time and money. Sad.


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