Friday, November 27, 2015

Swing Shift (1984)

Director: Jonathan Demme

Writers: Nancy Dowd, Bo Goldman, Ron Nyswaner

Composer: Patrick Williams

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, Ed Harris, Sudie Bond, Holly Hunter, Patty Maloney, Lisa Pelikan, Susan Peretz, Joey Aresco, Chris Lemmon, Charles Napier, Stephen Tobolowsky, Belinda Carlisle, Roger Corman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.

Plot: A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an airport plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

IMDb misled me into thinking this was a comedy.  I was robbed of any funny because it's a romantic drama with the focus on drama.  Rumor has it that the theatrical film isn't anywhere near as good as Demme's original cut and the studio/producers changed a lot after he finished it.  Having seen it, I can believe it.  It's neat seeing so many great still-working actors in their early years.  It's not boring or even too slow but the drama wears on and it gets bleak before it gets better.  It has a nice WWII feel to it that gave me that 1941 (1979) vibe which had me wanting to watch that picture instead of this one. I like Carly Simon but the song she sings that opens and closes the film is poor to average and it sounds like it's trying to hard to fit in the period of the film.  The Warner Bros. DVD has a very nice anamorphic print with the only extra being an anamorphic widescreen trailer.

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