9 to 5

9 to 5

4.8 13
Director: Colin Higgins

Cast: Colin Higgins, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton

     
 

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Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), a housewife whose husband has left her for his secretary, begins her own secretarial career at a huge corporation. Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), a feisty, veteran office manager, instructs her on the perils and procedures of office life -- and of working for Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), their chauvinistic, sleazy boss, and his… See more details below

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Overview

Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), a housewife whose husband has left her for his secretary, begins her own secretarial career at a huge corporation. Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), a feisty, veteran office manager, instructs her on the perils and procedures of office life -- and of working for Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), their chauvinistic, sleazy boss, and his right-hand woman, the crisp, nosy Roz (Elizabeth Wilson). Meanwhile, Hart's endless attempts to seduce his happily married secretary, Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton), lead the entire office to think she's a trollop. When Hart unfairly passes Violet over for a promotion, she drowns her sorrows at a local bar with Judy and Doralee, who regales the others with tales of Hart's epic advances. Later, at Doralee's house, the women smoke pot, eat barbecue, and concoct hilarious revenge fantasies -- a rodeo hog-tie, a Wild West shootout, and a gothic Snow White scenario -- about killing their boss. When a mix-up leads the women to think they have accidentally poisoned Hart's coffee, they hatch a scheme to protect themselves by stealing Hart's body from the morgue. When he turns up alive, never having drunk the coffee, they must kidnap him to prevent him from blackmailing them or calling the police. The women then use the occasion of their boss' absence to effect some changes around the office.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Between the three of them, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton manage to embody at least six archetypes of put-upon womanhood in this feminist manifesto disguised as a hilarious satire. Fonda represents both the happy homemaker and the tentative divorcee. Lily Tomlin plays the self-assured widow and also the career woman trying to break into the boys' club. Dolly Parton -- parlaying the comic timing she honed as a country-music variety-show regular into an auspicious film debut -- at first seems the opportunistic trollop, but really she's the sweet working wife. And with a huge supporting cast that eschews male characters almost as forcefully as The Women, Nine to Five fits in everyone from gal Fridays to working moms, jaded alcoholics to clueless trophy wives. Unlike such later feminist empowerment fantasies as The First Wives Club, though, this Colin Higgins-directed farce wears its satire on its sleeve. Animated flights of fancy, exaggerated revenge scenarios, and the fine comedic chemistry of the starring triad keep the film from seeming mean-spirited even when it stacks the deck in favor of the fairer sex. The phrase "sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot" fits Dabney Coleman's despicable F. Hart to a tee; he makes the creep seem instantly familiar, yet totally over the top. Fine supporting turns from Marian Mercer (as Hart's wife) and Elizabeth Wilson (as the meddlesome Roz) are just two of the many details that make this movie so funny. By 1980 the women's movement enjoyed the patronage of not just political activists, but millions of ordinary working women, and Nine to Five was the perfect populist vehicle for their collective cries of frustration. Laughter really is the best revenge, and that's what this smart fable provides in spades.
Entertainment Weekly
A dream commentary track: Tomlin, Parton, and producer Bruce Gilbert fight (good-naturedly) for mic time with Fonda...and chatter about researching real secretaries' experiences."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
UPC:
0024543231523
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
10,297

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature commentary by producer Bruce Gilbert and actors Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton; Nine @ 25" featurette; 10 deleted scenes; "Remembering Colin Higgins" featurette; Gag reel; "Nine to Five" karaoke

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Judy Bernly
Lily Tomlin Violet Newstead
Dolly Parton Doralee Rhodes
Dabney Coleman Franklin Hart Jr.
Sterling Hayden Tinsworthy
Brad David Actor
Elizabeth Wilson Roz
Henry Jones Hinkle
Lawrence Pressman Dick
Marian Mercer Missy Hart
Ren Woods Barbara
Norma Donaldson Betty
Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini Maria
Peggy Pope Margaret
Richard Stahl Meade
Ray Vitte Eddie
Alan Haufrect Chuck Strell
Earl Boen Perkins
Tom Tarpey Norman Lane
Michael de Lano Motorcycle Cop
Barbara Chase Buffy
Peter Hobbs Doctor
Terrence E. McNally Policeman
Esther Sutherland Janitress
Helene Heigh Charlotte
Vicki Belmonte Phoebe Hotz
Eric Mansker Mailroom Clerk
Shirley Anthony Maxine
Michael Hehr Intern
Gary Bisig Medic
Raymond O'Keefe Man in Hospital
Elisabeth Fraser Actor

Technical Credits
Colin Higgins Director,Screenwriter
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Nicholas Eliopoulous Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Fox Score Composer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Chuck Gaspar Special Effects
Bruce Gilbert Producer
Mishkin Hellmuch Animator
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Matt Sweeney Special Effects
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Dean Edward Mitzner Production Designer
Dolly Parton Songwriter
Patricia Resnick Screenwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
Virgien and Friends Animator
Marv Ystrom Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 9 to 5 [Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical Bigot Edition]
1. Main Titles [2:33]
2. The New Job [3:15]
3. Mr. Hart [:59]
4. Doralee [2:50]
5. More Than a Secretary [1:31]
6. The Xerox Room [:48]
7. Dick [4:56]
8. The Daily Grind [2:53]
9. Color-Coded Accounts [1:27]
10. Bad News [1:21]
11. The Last Straw [1:35]
12. The Pink-Colored Ghetto [2:32]
13. Pot Party [1:11]
14. Hunting Hart [:47]
15. A Taste of His Own Medicine [1:17]
16. Gruesome, Horrible & Cute [3:03]
17. A Dream Come True? [1:35]
18. It's All Over [:23]
19. No Body, No Autopsy [3:36]
20. What Happened to Hart? [1:59]
21. A Short in the Trunk [1:33]
22. Back to Work [4:47]
23. All Tied Up [6:24]
24. Abducted [:10]
25. We've Got Him! [2:27]
26. The Phantom Boss [3:33]
27. Changing the Rules [1:27]
28. Judy's Other Man [3:37]
29. We've Been Had! [1:10]
30. The Man Responsible [2:21]
31. Chance of a Lifetime [1:42]
32. Epilogue/End Titles [2:15]

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