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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 8-FEB-2005
Media Type: DVD
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful storyline about average American women during WW2 stepping up while the men were away at war. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al V
I got it used so there is some skipping and sometimes it just stops. Then I have to start it again.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
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