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Swing Shift (1984)

Goldie Hawn , Kurt Russell , Jonathan Demme  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, Ed Harris
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Writers: Bo Goldman, Nancy Dowd, Ron Nyswaner
  • Producers: Alex Winitsky, Arlene Sellers, Charles Mulvehill, Jerry Bick
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TG95Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swing Shift" on IMDb

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A film about World War II that examines what happened to the men and women in the factories making weapons rather than following the troops.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and Touching July 7, 1999
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This is a wonderful WW11 story about a woman(Hawn) whos husband(Harris)signs up to be sent overseas. While her husband is away, Hawn befriends her neighbor(Lahti) and they both get swing shift jobs building planes for the war. While working, Hawn meets Russell(who is 4F) and they begin an elicit affair that blooms until Harris returns unexpectedly. Lahti gives an emotional stand out performance and Hawn and Russells offscrean romance brings believable life to their onscreen affair.This is a wonderful movie about seperation, deception, friendship and forgivness. A must see for everyone!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unspoken Issue October 16, 2004
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"Swing Shift" has proven to be a marvelous nostalgia trip for those who remember the '40s, and for those self-proclaimed nostalgia buffs like myself who enjoy the music of the era.
Goldie Hawn has a childlike innocence as a housewife to Ed Harris in a working class neighborhood in 1941 California. Jack and Kay Walsh deal with Jack's having to work on Saturdays, a rather vampy neighbor at whom they make derogatory remarks when they see her going to work, and enjoy time at the roller rink.
While they are at the roller rink, the attack on Pearl Harbor is announced and their world changes. Jack enlists in the Navy and Kay decides to work as riveter, who helps to build airplanes at a local munitions plant.
She develops an antagonistic relationship with her neighbor, Hazel(Christine Lahti), the singer-turned riveter, whom she and her husband used to taunt, and an even closer relationship with a plant worker named Lucky (Kurt Russell)who repeatedly invites her out to hear him play his trumpet at a club leading to gossip and speculation about their relationship among their co-workers.
During the course of the film, we see the reluctance of the women's male co-workers to accept them as equals in the workplace, and one of the male instructors gets a little too familiar with Hazel while instructing her on how to drill.
The unspoken problem in all this is the women's inability to defend themselves against sexual harrassment in the workplace at that time. In modern times, Lucky never would have been able to make the kind of advances that he made towards her in this film, at least not without Kay filing a complaint. This film suggests that such situations may have been common back then, largely because of this fact.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sensitive, Nostalgic Tale of the Home Front September 13, 2009
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I was not expecting much more than typical Hollywood schlock from this one, but director Jonathan Demme delivers much more than that. Produced in 1984, SWING SHIFT tells the story of a young woman (Goldie Hawn), who begins working in an airplane factory soon after her husband (Ed Harris) joins the U.S. Navy in December of 1941. She is tempted to indulge in an illicit affair with her foreman at the factory (Kurt Russell), while knowing full well that this would be wrong and inexcusable behavior. I won't reveal the plot for you, in case you have a chance to see this interesting film, but the acting is believable, the dialogue sounds natural, and the period detail is convincing. These characters seem like real people. I enjoyed it very much and found funny girl Goldie Hawn to be a talented and likeable dramatic actress. So, too, is Christine Lahti, who plays the role of her best friend. The whole film is nostalgic, evoking the Los Angeles of WWII very well indeed, and the editing keeps the story line moving. The critiques for SWING SHIFT were decidedly mixed, but I can recommend it with enthusiasm. Worth seeing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Light Drama set in California during World War II January 7, 2012
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Concerning separation and personal sacrifice caused by war.

When Goldie Hawn's husband goes off to war, she gets a job in a defense plant. A ex-nightclub singer (Christine Lahti) also works at the plant and the two become friends.

Kurt Russell is a lead man at the plant and soon finds himself in love with Goldie. The nostalgia of the era is all around--a time when ordinary people bonded to accomplish extraordinary things.

Love flourishes until wars end, then the men come home and interestingly things return to normal--but never the same.

Holly Hunter plays a small role as one of the defense plant workers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swing Shift DVD February 22, 2006
Excellent underrated film depicting the unique issues and trials faced by American women during World War II. There were production troubles/script rewrites and critics had a field day, but with charismatic big names adding weight it ranks as one of the most touching and memorable WWII films that I have seen in recent years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swing Shift August 29, 2005
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I love this movie it is fun loving and heart warming it is a great movie that brings back a time when every thing was simple even in war time. It makes you want to laugh and cry with the characters and it shows that women can take up the reins and be just as capable as men
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good (not great) WWII story with good performances February 3, 2004
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You may have heard how the original cut of this film was considered great until Goldie Hawn demanded re-shooting to further elevate her character's story. Regardless, it still is a fun movie to watch.
Jonathan Demme re-creates a very believable 1940's Santa Monica, CA and the lives of the women who worked in the war factories. Everyone in this film delivers the goods - including Hawn, but Christine Lahti literally steals the show (despite Goldie's re-takes) as the dance hall singer turned riveter. I loved all the scenes inside the airplane factory where they work. Not only do we have Hawn, Lahti and Kurt Russell, but a great supporting cast including Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Sudie Bond and Fred Ward.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Swing
I love this movie because it's one of the few that looks at the War on the Homefront. A well done period piece,I thought it was pretty acurate.
Published 2 days ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it.
Published 5 days ago by Anna Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite Goldie Hawn movies. It really catches the feel if that era. Love it!
Published 16 days ago by Juliette F. Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 22 days ago by Robert St.Clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Hawn movie
Big fan of WWII. This movie is good.
Published 29 days ago by Cathie
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming movie about love, friendship, loyalty and forgiveness.
Goldie Hawn (Kay) and Kurt Russell (Lucky) may be listed as the 'stars' of this movie, but it is definitely an ensemble cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oldie But Goodie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Goldie Hawn movie with Kurt Russel
Published 2 months ago by Gb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Depiction Of The Era
I fell for this movie the first time I saw it. A first rate charmer that's so fitting for the era it represents. A fantastic movie, I wish there were more like this! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Swing Shift..Must See..You Will Want To Again and Again!
Chemistry Between Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel Sizzle..Christine Lahti Is Nothing Less Than Amazing!..Can Not Forget Ed Harris!..Great As Ever!..What A Cast..What A Movie.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Brothers
3.0 out of 5 stars Although I enjoyed seeing Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell when they were...
Although I enjoyed seeing Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell when they were young and oh so cute and I do like period pieces; I was disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deb Miller
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