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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell got together on Swing Shift--and if that's the main reason people know about this movie, it only has itself to blame. The film has a marvelous subject (women's changing status on the home front during World War II), a hugely attractive cast, and a sympathetic director, Jonathan Demme, whose previous film, Melvin and Howard, had been a splendid piece of Americana. Yet despite this, it feels disjointed. Goldie goes to work at a factory when her husband (Ed Harris) goes off to war; Russell works there too, and they find each other, well, riveting. With the movie wavering between romance and feminist consciousness-raising, the field is open for Oscar®-nominated Christine Lahti, who sparkles as Goldie's lanky, wisecracking best friend. Demme's original version of the movie was obscured by reshoots, which might explain the missed opportunity; this could have been a classic. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Goldie HawnKay Walsh
Kurt RussellMike 'Lucky' Lockhart
Christine LahtiHazel
Fred WardArchibald 'Biscuits' Touie
Ed HarrisJack Walsh
Holly HunterJeannie
Lisa PelikanViolet
Susan PeretzEdith
Joey ArescoJohnny Bonnaro
Stephen TobolowskyFrench de Mille
Belinda CarlisleJamboree Singer
Roger CormanMr. MacBride

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 100 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 13, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 20, 2004
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