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Night Shift

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Director: Ron Howard,

Cast: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long

 

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Straight-laced Henry Winkler takes a night-shift job as a morgue attendant. Winkler falls under the spell of wheeler-dealer coworker Michael Keaton, whose catchphrase "Is this a great country or what?" is the clarion call for his many get-rich-quick schemes. His latest plan is to turn the morgue into a nocturnal brothel, for the benefit of anything-goes hooker Shelley

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Straight-laced Henry Winkler takes a night-shift job as a morgue attendant. Winkler falls under the spell of wheeler-dealer coworker Michael Keaton, whose catchphrase "Is this a great country or what?" is the clarion call for his many get-rich-quick schemes. His latest plan is to turn the morgue into a nocturnal brothel, for the benefit of anything-goes hooker Shelley Long-and incidentally, to line their own pockets. Director Ron Howard and his frequent scripters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel turn the potentially lurid story material of Night Shift into an endearing comedy, with winning performances from its three often miscast stars. Keep an eye out during one of the party sequences for Kevin Costner as a carousing college boy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Young kids swear because doing something you are not supposed to do, something unexpected, usually provides a rush of freedom, the feeling that permeates Night Shift. Four of the brain trusts behind the genial situation comedy Happy Days, head writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, director Ron Howard and lead actor Henry Winkler declared their freedom from their past with this adult-themed comedy about morgue workers who become pimps. Winkler plays a character as far away from Fonzie as one could imagine, while the writers pepper the material with jokes they could never have dreamed of getting away with on the small screen. Winkler's character, who grows from a put-upon quiet "good" guy into an assertive man of action, feels like a symbol for the Happy Days alumni. Michael Keaton, in his first film role, is the spark of energy that allows them to break free; he is like the older kid at school who teaches the younger kids the dirty words. His explanation of the root meaning of "prostitution" is a great example of schoolyard comedy. As seemingly "adult" as this film pretends to be, it is at heart the work of nice young boys who are enjoying the rush of talking dirty. Mix this film's sense of freedom with Happy Days wholesomeness, and you have the best of Howard, Ganz, and Mandel's collaborations -- Parenthood.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
UPC:
0012569811508
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
9,043

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Performance Credits
Henry Winkler Chuck Lumley
Michael Keaton Bill Blazejowski
Shelley Long Belinda Keaton
Gina Hecht Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley Edward Koogle
Bobby Di Cicco Leonard
Nita Talbot Vivian
Basil Hoffman Drollhauser
Tim Rossovich Luke
Clint Howard Jefferey
Joe Spinell Manetti
Jane Jenkins Actor
Kevin Rodney Sullivan Actor
Cheryl Carter Tanya
Becky Gonzalez Lupe
Corki Corman Sylvia
Ildiko Jaid Joyce
Ava Lazar Sharon
Robbin Young Nancy
Ola Ray Dawn
Cassandra Gava J.J.
Mimi Lieber Linda
Ashley Cox Jenny Lynn
Elizabeth Carder Dolores
Dawn Dunlap Maxine
Jeanne Mori Marsha
K.C. Winkler Cheryl
Monique Gabrielle Tessie
Jim Staahl Red
Richard Belzer Pig
Badja Djola Cleon
Marc Flanagan Steve
Beau Billingslea Donny
Julius Le Flore Franklin
Floyd Levine Sal Carboni
Reid Cruickshanks Sgt. Averbach
Charles Fleischer Prisoner
Tom Mahoney Judge
Vincent Schiavelli Carl
Jack Perkins Tuttle
James Ritz Morgue Worker
John Boyle Leopard Boy
Brett Baxter Clark Paradise Doorman
Horace Long Turkey Man
Kevin Costner Frat Boy
Jim Greenleaf Frat Boy #4
Shannen Doherty Bluebird
Grand L. Bush Mustafa
Russell Forte Frat Boy #3
Leonard Termo Actor
Hugo Napier Blind Man
Jeremy Lawrence Frat Boy

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
Burt Bacharach Score Composer
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Chris Columbus Screenwriter
Gary Combs Stunts
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Producer
Allen Hall Special Effects
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Robert J. Kern Editor
Don Kranze Executive Producer
Jan Lloyd Asst. Director
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Lee Reynolds Screenwriter
Carole Bayer Sager Songwriter
Peter Smith Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Night Shift
1. Deadfall [3:54]
2. Credit (Night Shift) [2:45]
3. Morgue Meeting [1:57]
4. Chuck's Promotion [1:28]
5. Charlotte's Web [4:18]
6. "Nice Frame" [2:23]
7. "Maybe You'll Lose Some Pounds" [4:38]
8. "I Cheated Today" [:45]
9. A Limo for Dead People [4:09]
10. "That Barney Rubble" [4:49]
11. Blue Bell Beating [3:00]
12. "Love Brokers!" [1:48]
13. Breakfast Buddies [3:12]
14. Bill Goes Ballistic [3:43]
15. Night Court [3:39]
16. Blaze Land U.S.A. [:39]
17. the Proposition [3:48]
18. C&B Enterprises (Girls Know How) [2:15]
19. "Mission in Life" [2:16]
20. Morgue Party [2:56]
21. "Operation Chuck" [2:58]
22. First Kiss [:50]
23. "Watch Out Whose Car You Sit On" [:38]
24. Christmas Poem [3:21]
25. "This One's Full" [1:36]
26. "My Eyes Had a Heart Attack" [2:53]
27. "Hey, I Don't Wear a Watch" [1:55]
28. "Get Out of Town - You Two Guys!" [3:41]
29. Belinda in Tears [1:12]
30. "Somebody Died? Who Cares" [1:13]
31. "Somebody Got a Comb?" [3:21]
32. Jailed With Peter Lorre's Son [4:18]
33. "Pay the Cab Driver" [:47]
34. "Chuck, I'm Wearing White!" [4:29]
35. "Go Clean Off My Door!" [3:10]
36. "The Ground Broke My Fall" [7:13]
37. End Credits (That's What Friends are For) [4:02]
Disc #1, Side B -- Night Shift
1. Deadfall [3:54]
2. Credit (Night Shift) [2:45]
3. Morgue Meeting [1:57]
4. Chuck's Promotion [1:28]
5. Charlotte's Web [4:18]
6. "Nice Frame" [2:23]
7. "Maybe You'll Lose Some Pounds" [4:38]
8. "I Cheated Today" [:45]
9. A Limo for Dead People [4:09]
10. "That Barney Rubble" [4:49]
11. Blue Bell Beating [3:00]
12. "Love Brokers!" [1:48]
13. Breakfast Buddies [3:12]
14. Bill Goes Ballistic [3:43]
15. Night Court [3:39]
16. Blaze Land U.S.A. [:39]
17. the Proposition [3:48]
18. C&B Enterprises (Girls Know How) [2:15]
19. "Mission in Life" [2:16]
20. Morgue Party [2:56]
21. "Operation Chuck" [2:58]
22. First Kiss [:50]
23. "Watch Out Whose Car You Sit On" [:38]
24. Christmas Poem [3:21]
25. "This One's Full" [1:36]
26. "My Eyes Had a Heart Attack" [2:53]
27. "Hey, I Don't Wear a Watch" [1:55]
28. "Get Out of Town - You Two Guys!" [3:41]
29. Belinda in Tears [1:12]
30. "Somebody Died? Who Cares" [1:13]
31. "Somebody Got a Comb?" [3:21]
32. Jailed With Peter Lorre's Son [4:18]
33. "Pay the Cab Driver" [:47]
34. "Chuck, I'm Wearing White!" [4:29]
35. "Go Clean Off My Door!" [3:10]
36. "The Ground Broke My Fall" [7:13]
37. End Credits (That's What Friends are For) [4:02]

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Night Shift 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My brother and I caught a special screening of Night Shift when it first came out and have been huge fans of it ever since. We still often finding ourselves quoting from it. Interesting edits and camera work, great running gags, memorable one-liners, and every single time I hear Shelly Long sing ''and a partridge in a pear tree'' I fall out. Do I even need to mention that the young Michael Keaton as ''Billy Blaze'' is an absolutely must see performance. A wonderful, little, electic movie that definitely adds a laugh to anyone's Comedy collection.
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