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Swing Shift

4.4 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TG95Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swing Shift" on IMDb

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By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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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Goldie Hawn (Kay) and Kurt Russell (Lucky) may be listed as the 'stars' of this movie, but it is definitely an ensemble cast. Christine Lahti (Hazel) gives a break-out performance. Minor characters add some wonderful humorous moments.

Kay's husband Jack is sent overseas to fight during World War II. Lucky is a man who is not able to fight due to being designated 4F. While working as a 'Rosie the Riveter', Kay meets Lucky and eventually the sparks flame into a fire they can't ignore. Hazel's beau decides to enlist, so she goes to work as a riveter and becomes close friends with Kay, her neighbor.

Hazel's role in Kay's life is pivotal, especially when Jack returns from the war unexpectedly and suspects Kay is having a fling with Lucky. Hazel covers for her and, subsequently, she and Lucky do become romantically involved, which strains Kay and Hazel's friendship almost to the breaking point. Ultimately, however, amidst all the personal post-war adjustments, they realize the bond between them cannot be broken.
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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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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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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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