Swing Shift
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Swing Shift

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Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti

     
 

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Jonathan Demme's comedy drama about the women who worked in the defense plants during World War II gets a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. Swing Shift has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in DolbySee more details below

Overview

Jonathan Demme's comedy drama about the women who worked in the defense plants during World War II gets a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. Swing Shift has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; viewers may choose between the original English-language soundtrack and a dubbed version in French, while optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles are also included. The film's original trailer appears as a bonus.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Swing Shift is perhaps more noteworthy for its offscreen dramas (including rumored dissension between star Goldie Hawn and director Jonathan Demme, not to mention the start of the long term relationship between Hawn and Kurt Russell) than for anything onscreen. While not without charm, there's a tentativeness and a lack of focus to Swing Shift that negates its impact, leaving the viewer feeling somehow cheated -- as if he had been promised a nice full meal but instead was delivered a tasty but rather insubstantial snack. Much of the problem lays with the screenplay; it wants to tell two separate stories, one dealing with women entering the workforce during World War II and the changes that wrought, and one detailing a simple, basic love story. Unfortunately, the two strands never weave together in the appropriate way, possibly because at least five different writers were brought in to patch the screenplay together. Swing Shift eventually emerges as a thin study of several characters, but those characters are not given enough depth to carry the film, despite fine performances by the cast. Christine Lahti is especially good, giving a finely-nuanced and carefully detailed performance that gathers in impact, but Hawn, Russell and Ed Harris are all solid. Demme's work is okay, but it lacks punch and spirit; he would be back in top form for his next film, Stop Making Sense.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0085392888924
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Goldie Hawn Kay
Kurt Russell Lucky
Christine Lahti Hazel Zanussi
Fred Ward Biscuits
Ed Harris Jack
Holly Hunter Jeannie
Patty Maloney Laverne
Lisa Pelikan Violet
Susan Peretz Edith
Morris "Tex" Biggs Clarence
Marion Dougherty Actor
Dennis Fimple Rupert George
Marvin Miller Rollo
Charles Napier Moon Willens
Sudie Bond Annie
Laura Hawn Ethel
Joey Aresco Johnny Bonnano
Reid Cruickshanks Spike
Chris Lemmon Lt. O'Connor
Stephen Tobolowsky Documentary Narrator/French de Mille
Susan Barnes Skinny
Beth Henley Bible Pusher
Gene Borkan MP at Embarkation Point
Alana Stewart Frankie Parker
Phillip Christon Recruit at Egyptian
Penny Johnson Genevieve
Isabell Monk Rita
Maggie Renzi 1st Interviewer
Sandy McLeod 2nd Interviewer
Roger Rook Bellhop
George "Red" Schwartz Cribman
Alan Toy Assistant Cribman
Oceana Marr Ladies Room Inspector
Don Carrara Drunk Soldier
Todd Allen Col. Bobby Danzig
Gary Goetzman "Swing Shift" Bandleader
Belinda Carlisle Jamboree Singer
Deena Marie Piper Girl
Harry Northrup New Year's Eve Marine
Roger Corman Mr. MacBride
Lisa Chadwick Vocalist at Kelly's
Eddie Smith Waiter at Kelly's
Eugene W. Jackson Bartender
Chino "Fats" Williams Bouncer
Belita Moreno Mabel Stoddard

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director
Peter Allen Songwriter
Jerry Bick Producer
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Jeff Haley Set Decoration/Design
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Will Jennings Songwriter
Craig McKay Editor
Rob Morton Screenwriter
Charles B. Mulvehill Associate Producer
Arlene Sellers Executive Producer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert W. Welch Production Designer
R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Williams Score Composer
Alex Winitsky Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:27]
2. Making a Living [3:10]
3. War & Separation [3:48]
4. Jobless [3:21]
5. Going to Work [3:40]
6. Drilling Lucky [3:01]
7. Easy and Rough Rides [3:02]
8. Neighborly Help [3:48]
9. Men's World [4:07]
10. No for an Answer [2:45]
11. Please Go Away [3:53]
12. Sorry to Inform You [1:12]
13. Stay-at-Homes [2:23]
14. Someday, Hazel [2:41]
15. A Ride Home [3:18]
16. Their Dance [2:52]
17. For the Duration [4:18]
18. Close Call [4:47]
19. Ringing in 1944 [4:34]
20. Homecoming [5:27]
21. Call It Cheating [3:12]
22. Everything Changes [3:31]
23. Lovers and Friends [4:16]
24. "I Was in Love!" [4:31]
25. Goodbye [1:45]
26. Job Well Done [3:45]
27. Reunions [3:54]
28. We Showed 'Em [3:56]
29. End Credits [2:23]

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