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Night Shift (1982)




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Straight-laced Henry Winkler takes a night-shift job as a morgue attendant. Winkler falls under the spell of wheeler-dealer co-worker Michael Keaton. Keaton's latest plan is to turn the morgue into a nocturnal brothel, for the benefit of anything-goes hooker Shelley Long -- and, incidentally, to line their own pockets.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Comedy , Documentary , Special Interest
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Henry Winkler
as Chuck Lumley
Michael Keaton
as Bill Blazejowski
Shelley Long
as Belinda Keaton
Gina Hecht
as Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley
as Edward Koogle
Bobby Di Cicco
as Leonard
Nita Talbot
as Vivian
Basil Hoffman
as Drollhauser
Clint Howard
as Jefferey
Joe Spinell
as Manetti
Corki Grazer
as Sylvia
Ava Lazar
as Sharon
Ola Ray
as Dawn
Mimi Lieber
as Linda
Ashley Cox
as Jenny Lynn
Dawn Dunlap
as Maxine
Jeanne Mori
as Marsha
K.C. Winkler
as Cheryl
Badja Djola
as Cleon
Julius Le Flore
as Franklin
Grand L. Bush
as Mustafa
Julius LeFlore
as Franklin
Floyd Levine
as Sal Carboni
Reid Cruickshanks
as Sgt. Averbach
Tom Mahoney
as Judge
Jack Perkins
as Tuttle
James Ritz
as Morgue Worker
John Boyle
as Leopard Boy
Brett Baxter Clark
as Paradise Doorman
Paul Kaufman
as Paradise Patron
Hugo Napier
as Blind Man
Tom Candela
as Sailor #1
Edward G. Betlow
as Sailor #2
Horace Long
as Turkey Man
Kevin Costner
as Frat Boy #1
Rick Starr
as Frat Boy #2
Russell Forte
as Frat Boy #3
Jim Greenleaf
as Frat Boy #4
Jason Fitz-Gerald
as Frat Boy #5
Jeremy Lawrence
as Frat Boy #6
Shannen Doherty
as Bluebird
Corki Corman
as Sylvia
Ildiko Jaid
as Joyce
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Critic Reviews for Night Shift

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)


January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a halfway funny movie, one that's got loads of good gags in its first half and nothing but trouble in its second.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This isn't as snappily directed or as caustically conceived as the subsequent Risky Business, which has a similar theme, but it's arguably just as sexy and almost as funny.

Full Review… | March 21, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ron Howard's first bona fide hit...

Full Review… | October 28, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

Oft fun comedy noted for its boost to Michael Keaton's career; early Ron Howard direction.

October 23, 2008

Winkler turns in the best performance of his career, and Keaton is wonderful.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Night Shift


Picture Risky Business in a morgue. Night Shift is funny and has the best message, everyone is their own pimp.

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

A very funny movie with an interesting cast, I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I watched this one tons as a kid. This movie also introduced us to Micheal Keaton and made him a star.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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