Anyone who has ever worked in an office will be able to identify with the antics in Nine to Five. Although it can probably be argued that Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins' script [from a story by Resnick] at times borders on the inane, the bottom line is that this picture is a lot of fun.

Anyone who has ever worked in an office will be able to identify with the antics in Nine to Five. Although it can probably be argued that Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins’ script [from a story by Resnick] at times borders on the inane, the bottom line is that this picture is a lot of fun.

Story concerns a group of office workers (Lily Tomlin the all-knowing manager who trained the boss but can’t get promoted, Jane Fonda the befuddled newcomer and Dolly Parton the alluring personal secretary) who band together to seek revenge on the man who is making their professional lives miserable.

Tomlin comes off best in the most appealing role as the smart yet under-appreciated glue in the office cement.

Parton makes a delightful screen debut in a role tailored to her already well-defined country girl personality. Surprisingly, Fonda, initiator of the project, emerges as the weakest.

1980: Nomination: Best Song (‘Nine to Five’)

Nine to Five

Production

IPC/20th Century-Fox. Director Colin Higgins; Producer Bruce Gilbert; Screenplay Colin Higgins, Patricia Resnick; Camera Reynaldo Villalobos; Editor Pembroke J. Herring; Music Charles Fox; Art Director Dean Mitzner

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 110 MIN.

Cast

Jane Fonda Lily Tomlin Dolly Parton Dabney Coleman Sterling Hayden Elizabeth Wilson
Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more