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Night Shift

Nerdy Henry Winkler is a meek attendant at the city morgue who is the kind of person who'd rather eat a plate of poisonous mushrooms than offend the chef who served them. His life is a mess. To compound matters, he must work the night shift with Looney Tune Michael Keaton - the type of guy who talks non-stop as he blasts rock songs on the radio while dancing up and down the aisles.

With:
Henry Winkler Michael Keaton Shelley Long Gina Hecht Pat Corley Bobby DiCicco

Nerdy Henry Winkler is a meek attendant at the city morgue who is the kind of person who’d rather eat a plate of poisonous mushrooms than offend the chef who served them. His life is a mess. To compound matters, he must work the night shift with Looney Tune Michael Keaton – the type of guy who talks non-stop as he blasts rock songs on the radio while dancing up and down the aisles.

At the same time, Winkler befriends Shelley Long, the perennial ‘nice girl hooker’ who just happens to live next door and happens to have just lost her pimp. It’s not long before Winkler and Keaton devise a scheme to act as pimps for Long using the morgue as a base of operation.

Though the plot line hardly sounds like a family film, this is probably the most sanitized treatment of pimps and prostitution audiences will ever see.

None of this much matters, because director Ron Howard and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, all TV veterans, are only bent on giving the audience a good time.

Night Shift

Production: Ladd. Director Ron Howard; Producer Brian Grazer; Screenplay Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel; Camera James Crabe; Editor Robert J. Kern, Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill; Music Burt Bacharach; Art Director Jack Collis

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Henry Winkler Michael Keaton Shelley Long Gina Hecht Pat Corley Bobby DiCicco

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