Night Shift

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • UPC: 012569811508
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,471

Cast & Crew

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
Richard Belzer Pig
Beau Billingslea Donny
John Boyle Leopard Boy
Grand L. Bush Mustafa
Elizabeth Carder Dolores
Cheryl Carter Tanya
Brett Baxter Clark Paradise Doorman
Corki Corman Sylvia
Kevin Costner Frat Boy
Ashley Cox Jenny Lynn
Reid Cruickshanks Sgt. Averbach
Badja Djola Cleon
Shannen Doherty Bluebird
Dawn Dunlap Maxine
Marc Flanagan Steve
Charles Fleischer Prisoner
Julius Le Flore Franklin
Russell Forte Frat Boy #3
Monique Gabrielle Tessie
Cassandra Gava J.J.
Becky Gonzalez Lupe
Jim Greenleaf Frat Boy #4
Ildiko Jaid Joyce
Jane Jenkins
Jeremy Lawrence Frat Boy
Ava Lazar Sharon
Floyd Levine Sal Carboni
Mimi Lieber Linda
Horace Long Turkey Man
Tom Mahoney Judge
Jeanne Mori Marsha
Hugo Napier Blind Man
Jack Perkins Tuttle
Ola Ray Dawn
James Ritz Morgue Worker
Vincent Schiavelli Carl
Jim Staahl Red
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Leonard Termo
K.C. Winkler Cheryl
Robbin Young Nancy
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 Jr. Editor
Don Kranze Executive Producer
Jan Lloyd Asst. Director
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Lee Reynolds Screenwriter
Carole Bayer Sager Songwriter
Peter Smith Art Director
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An absolute favorite of mine

    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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