Swing Shift [DVD] [1984]

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  • Release Date: 12/02/2014
  • Rating: PG
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Swing Shift
Director Jonathan Demme made one of his more conventional movies with Swing Shift, an examination of life on the American home front during WWII. Goldie Hawn, who also served as the film's producer, stars as Kay, a woman who takes a job on the line at a plant producing war planes after her husband goes off to fight in Europe. One of her coworkers is her best friend Hazel, played by Christine Lahti, whose performance earned an Oscar nomination and a New York Film Critics award. Kay falls in love with another coworker, Lucky (Kurt Russell), who couldn't enlist because of a weak heart. Kay's husband Jack (Ed Harris) comes home on leave and finds out that his wife has betrayed him. Lucky then decides to pursue Hazel, driving a wedge between the two best friends. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Goldie Hawn
    Goldie Hawn - Kay
  • Kurt Russell
    Kurt Russell - Lucky
  • Christine Lahti
    Christine Lahti - Hazel Zanussi
  • Fred Ward
    Fred Ward - Biscuits
  • Ed Harris
    Ed Harris - Jack

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Realistic look at the home-front during WWII......

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    If you grew up during WWII, you could vouch first hand, as I did, to the realistic portrayal of the era in this movie. The home front was desperately in need of workers to fill the critical wartime jobs vacated by our boys who were now fighting at the war front. The price being paid by our men at war wasn't the only sacrifice that had to be be endured. There was also the human struggle of those left behind, the women and those men rated 4-F who would rather have been part of the service. The separation from loved ones, communications interrupted by the conflict, the constant fear for their safety and the unbearable loneliness and wondering if they would ever return home to us. These emotional turmoils led to a constant search for relief from the strains of this stressful, unwanted way of life that had been thrust upon them. The era of"'Swing Shift'" is made real by the authenticity of the settings, clothing, autos but mainly by the situations and portrayals of the character of the people and how they tried to cope under the events of the times. This look at the home front, despite the gravity of the times, shows how some can be caught up in the struggle to survive, but how human nature, once the stress is over, returns us to the things that we held most dear and important in our lives. Love does survive...if we mutually choose. "Swing Shift", although presented 'lightly' at times, will give you pause to not judge anyone until you have lived their life. Would you be able to forgive, under the circumstances portrayed in this film?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Authentic period piece of life in WWII homefront

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    Well costumed, staged and acted 'portrait of life on the homefront' during World War II. The authenticity of the stage dressing and props used lends reality to the lives, loves and stories of those left behind and how they adapt in order to survive the conflicts in life that took place away from the battlefield.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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    My mom has been looking for this movie for a long time so I order it for her birthday she loved the movie.

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