Gung Ho

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Overview

Michael Keaton stars as a wheeler-dealer who hopes to save a failing Pennsylvania automobile-assembly factory from having to close its doors. Keaton persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen the factory, retrain its staff, and streamline the operation. It isn't long before the American-born workers grow to resent the disciplinary demands of their new Japanese bosses, setting the stage for a comic clash of cultures. The day is saved when it turns out that the poker-faced owner of the auto company possesses a really...
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Overview

Michael Keaton stars as a wheeler-dealer who hopes to save a failing Pennsylvania automobile-assembly factory from having to close its doors. Keaton persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen the factory, retrain its staff, and streamline the operation. It isn't long before the American-born workers grow to resent the disciplinary demands of their new Japanese bosses, setting the stage for a comic clash of cultures. The day is saved when it turns out that the poker-faced owner of the auto company possesses a really strange sense of humor. Gung Ho was later spun off into a short-lived TV sitcom, starring Scott Bakula of Quantum Leap fame.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Like many of the comedies from director Ron Howard, whose sensibilities were clearly forged in the network television situation comedies of the 1970s, this film is effectively funny and entertaining, but handled with a touch that's just a little obvious and lightweight. The script by frequent Howard collaborators Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel has enormous fun with the clash of cultures concept, however, and the film yields enough belly laughs to sustain its feature-length run time. Michael Keaton re-creates his bug-eyed, energetic "wild man" schtick from his previous film with Howard, Night Shift 1982, while Gedde Watanabe gives the tale its much-needed grounding in reality as the uptight Japanese straight man. His performance is much more amusing than he'll likely ever be credited for, so subtle is he in comparison to the broadness of the rest of the proceedings. Gung Ho 1986 is not exceedingly clever or hilarious, but it's amusing enough for a look. Ironically, given the film's sitcom vibe, a television series spin-off was far less successful and quickly canceled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883316728727
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,705

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Hunt Stevenson
Gedde Watanabe Kazhihiro
George Wendt Buster
Mimi Rogers Audrey
John Turturro Willie
So Yamamura Sakamoto
Sab Shimono Saito
Rick Overton Googi
Clint Howard Paul
Jihmi Kennedy Junior
Michelle Johnson Heather
Rodney Kageyama Ito
Rance Howard Mayor Zwart
Patti Yasutake Umeki
Martin Ferrero Crandall
James Ritz Tony
Jean Speegle Howard Lady in Market
Thomas Ikeda Instructor
R. Scott Peck Union Member
William S. Bartman Union Member
Tommy LaFitte Union Member
James Cash Mayor's Aide
Kim Chan Member of Board
Tak Kubota Failed Executive
Joseph Pilato Union Member
Jerry Tondo Kazuo
Frank Seals Jr. Umpire
Bill Dalzell III Irwin
Benny Marino
Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director, Producer
John H. Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Blum Producer
Edwin Blum Original Story, Screenwriter
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Flora Makeup
Tony Ganz Producer
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Neil Machlis Production Manager
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Donald Peterman Cinematographer
Ric Sagliani Makeup
James L. Schoppe Production Designer
Jack Gammon Taylor Jr. Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie....bad DVD

    I have a soft spot for ''Gung Ho'', Ron Howard's 1986 film starring Michael Keaton. It is a smart and funny comedy. However, Paramount has done a horrible job with this DVD. The audio is fine, but the picture is so dark and grainy. It's one of the worst looking DVD's I've seen. This movie was released only 15 years ago, yet looks like it is twice as old. Paramount should have put in a little more effort. They could have at least given us a trailer! Buy this DVD only if you really love this movie (like me). Otherwise, you might as well hold on to your VHS for now.

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