Swing Shift (1984)


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Movie Info

This WW II drama is set stateside and follows the illicit love affair between a Navy wife and her co-worker in a WW II munitions factory. The co-worker, Lucky, had a heart problem and couldn't serve. During the affair, Kay, the adulterer becomes good friends with her free-spirited neighbor Hazel. The trouble begins when Kay's husband Jack comes home and learns of the affair. Heartbroken he returns to the fighting. Meanwhile the unlucky-feeling lover decides to bed Hazel and suddenly everyone is … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rob Morton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004


as Kay Walsh

as Mike 'Lucky' Lockhar...

as Jack Walsh

as Biscuits Toohey

as Jeannie Sherman

as Violet Mulligan

as Edith Castle

as Johnny Bonnano

as Rupert George

as Lt. O'Connor

as Moon Willens

as Documentary Narrator...

as Bible Pusher

as MP at Embarkation Po...

as Frankie Parker

as Recruit at Egyptian

as 1st Interviewer

as Assistant Cribman

as 2nd Interviewer

as Ladies Room Inspecto...

as Factory Soldier

as Piano Player at Sorr...

as Drunk Sailor

as Cpl. Bobby Danzig

as `Swing Shift' Bandle...

as Jamboree Singer

as Peggy at Age 3

as Peggy at Age 7

as Paper Girl

as Bellhop

as Seaman Amtzis

as New Year's Eve Marin...

as New Year's Eve Marin...

as Vocalist at Kelly's

as Waiter at Kelly's

as Mabel Stoddard

as Mr. MacBride

as Genevieve
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Critic Reviews for Swing Shift

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Swing Shift tries ... to twist some consequence out of a tawdry adulterous tryst by a couple of self-centered sneaks. But the writing and acting are too flat for the challenge.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
Top Critic

Hawn, atypically cast and supported by all-round excellent performances, proves that she can act.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's no suspense and no big emotional payoff, but the movie is always absorbing.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Offers Miss Hawn her best role since ''Private Benjamin,'' and she is most winning.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

At its heart lies a sweet romance, with good performances from both the leads and an Oscar nomination for supporting actress Lahti.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
Empire Magazine

Demme's characteristic generosity toward his characters and refusal to make absolute moral judgments are strong points, while the feminist subtext adds freshness to the story.

Full Review… | January 3, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Swing Shift

Nice period feeling and an interesting premise that doesn't get a lot of attention, womens role in the workplace during WWII. They should have focused on that and left the weak love story out and would have been a better film. The other problem is that Goldie's and Russell's characters are not really people you feel much empathy for, she's spoiled and selfish and he's really rather a jerk. Christine Lahti however steals every second she's on screen and has the character you care about the most.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti shine in their portrayal of those left behind to build the US war machine while the able-bodied men are off fighting WWII. Ed Harris and Holly Hunter co-star as Goldie's husband and co-worker, respectively.

Moe E

Super Reviewer

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