Swing Shift

Swing Shift

Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti


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Director Jonathan Demme made one of his more conventional movies with Swing Shift, an examination of life on the American home front during WWII. Goldie Hawn, who also served as the film's producer, stars as Kay, a woman who takes a job on the line at a plant producing war planes after her husband goes off to fight in Europe. One of her coworkers is her best friend Hazel, played by Christine Lahti, whose performance earned an Oscar nomination and a New York Film Critics award. Kay falls in love with another coworker, Lucky (Kurt Russell), who couldn't enlist because of a weak heart. Kay's husband Jack (Ed Harris) comes home on leave and finds out that his wife has betrayed him. Lucky then decides to pursue Hazel, driving a wedge between the two best friends. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0888574092146
Original Release: 1984
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 8,941

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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Swing Shift 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I was born in the wrong era. I loved everything about that time period. Not the war obviously but the music, the clothes, the hairstyles. I loved how the women in the 40's paved the way for women of our generation to work and do just as good a job as any man. I know I worked at a Base for 28.5 years half of that in blue collar. I was lucky that the area I came into was accepting of women. Some places were just like the movie. No woman was going to take their job. This is my favorite Goldie Hawn movie.