Swing Shift

Swing Shift (1984)

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

  • Genre: Drama, Romance, War
  • Release Date: 1984-04-13
  • User Rating: 5.8/10 from 66 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
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From 66 Ratings


In 1941 America, Kay and her husband are happy enough until he enlists after Pearl Harbor. Against his wishes, his wife takes a job at the local aircraft plant where she meets Hazel, the singer from across the way the two soon become firm friends and with the other girls become increasingly expert workers. As the war drags on Kay finally dates her trumpet playing foreman and life gets complicated

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  • Goldie Hawn

    as Kay Walsh
  • Kurt Russell

    as Lucky Lockhart
  • Christine Lahti

    as Hazel Zanussi
  • Fred Ward

    as Biscuits Toohey
  • Ed Harris

    as Jack Walsh
  • Sudie Bond

    as Annie
  • Holly Hunter

    as Jeannie Sherman
  • Patty Maloney

    as Laverne
  • Lisa Pelikan

    as Violet Mulligan
  • Susan Peretz

    as Edith Castle
  • Joey Aresco

    as Johnny Bonnano
  • Morris 'Tex' Biggs

    as Clarence
  • Reid Cruickshanks

    as Spike
  • Danny Darst

    as Deacon
  • Dennis Fimple

    as Rupert George
  • Chris Lemmon

    as Lt. O'Connor
  • Charles Napier

    as Moon Willis
  • Stephen Tobolowsky

    as French deMille / Documentary Narrator
  • Laura Hawn

    as Ethel
  • Marvin Miller

    as Rollo
  • Susan Barnes

    as Skinny
  • Beth Henley

    as Bible Pusher
  • Gene Borkan

    as M.P. at Embarkation
  • Alana Stewart

    as Frankie Parker
  • Phillip Christon

    as Recruit at Egyptian
  • Penny Johnson Jerald

    as Genevieve
  • Isabell O'Connor

    as Rita
  • Maggie Renzi

    as First Interviewer
  • Sandy McLeod

    as Second Interviewer
  • George 'Red' Schwartz

    as Cribman
  • Alan Toy

    as Assistant Cribman
  • Oceana Marr

    as Ladies' Room Inspector
  • Richard K. Way

    as Factory Soldier
  • Harold Jackson

    as Piano Player at Sorrentino's
  • Don Carrara

    as Drunk Sailor
  • Todd Allen

    as Cpl. Bobby Danzig
  • Gary Goetzman

    as 'Swing Shift' Bandleader
  • Belinda Carlisle

    as Jamboree Singer
  • Lissette LeCorn

    as Peggy (age 3)
  • Jessica Gaynes

    as Peggy (age 7)
  • Deena Marie

    as Paper Girl
  • Roger Rook

    as Bellhop
  • Joseph Hutton

    as Seaman Amtzis
  • Harry Northup

    as New Year's Eve Marine #1
  • David B. Carlton

    as New Year's Eve Marine #2
  • Lisa Chadwick

    as Vocalist at Kelly's
  • Eddie Smith

    as Waiter at Kelly's
  • Eugene Jackson

    as Bartender at Kelly's
  • Chino 'Fats' Williams

    as Bouncer at Kelly's
  • Belita Moreno

    as Mabel Stoddard
  • Roger Corman

    as Mr. MacBride
  • Benjie Bancroft

    as Workman (uncredited)
  • Ian Bruce

    as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Boyd Cabeen

    as Workman (uncredited)
  • Cynthia Lea Clark

    as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Jack R. Clinton

    as Workman (uncredited)
  • Patrice Cole

    as Soldier's Wife (uncredited)
  • Sig Frohlich

    as Workman (uncredited)
  • Bob Harks

    as Photographer at Funeral (uncredited)
  • Casey MacGill

    as Musician (uncredited)
  • John Marlin

    as Workman (uncredited)
  • Jim Michael

    as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Dick Miller

    as Wallflower at the Swing Shift Jamboree (uncredited)
  • Danny Nero

    as Sailor (uncredited)
  • Luci-Lynn Norris

    as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • James Turley

    as Workman (uncredited)
Directing Jonathan Demme Director
Writing Nancy Dowd Writer
Camera Tak Fujimoto Director of Photography
Art Peter Jamison Production Design
Sound Larry Carow Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Michele Dittrick Costumer
Art R. Chris Westlund Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Jerry O'Dell Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Kim Samson Hairstylist
Sound David Pettijohn Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Joe I. Tompkins Costume Design
Camera Edward Brown Jr. Assistant Camera
Art Jeff Haley Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Kathryn Blondell Hairstylist
Camera Jamie Anderson Camera Operator
Production Alex Winitsky Executive Producer
Production Arlene Sellers Executive Producer
Production Jerry Bick Producer
Costume & Make-Up E. Thomas Case Makeup Artist
Editing Craig McKay Editor
Art Bo Welch Art Direction
Sound Patrick Williams Original Music Composer
Production Charles Mulvehill Associate Producer
Production Charles Mulvehill Unit Production Manager
Editing Vaune Kirby Frechette Assistant Editor
Directing Evelyn Purcell Second Unit Director
Crew Bo Goldman Additional Writing
Crew Ron Nyswaner Additional Writing