Swing Shift

With all the heartwarming heroics to choose from on the homefront in World War II, Swing Shift tries instead to twist some consequence out of a tawdry adulterous tryst by a couple of self-centered sneaks. But the writing and acting are too flat for the challenge.

With:
Goldie Hawn Kurt Russell Christine Lahti Fred Ward Ed Harris Holly Hunter

With all the heartwarming heroics to choose from on the homefront in World War II, Swing Shift tries instead to twist some consequence out of a tawdry adulterous tryst by a couple of self-centered sneaks. But the writing and acting are too flat for the challenge.

Goldie Hawn and Ed Harris are your basic nice young couple living modestly in a Santa Monica cottage until Pearl Harbor demands he immediately volunteer. Hawn fretfully sees him off to war and somewhat timidly goes to work at an aircraft factory where she draws the immediate romantic interest of Kurt Russell.

Bearded by Hawn’s neighbor/coworker Christine Lahti, the lovers spend the war having loads of fun, dancing, smooching, bedding and riding with the top down.

But Harris eventually comes home for a happy ending.

1984: Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Christine Lahti)

Swing Shift

Production: Lantana/Warner. Director Jonathan Demme; Producer Jerry Bick; Screenplay Rob Morton [= Ron Nyswaner, Bo Goldman, Nancy Dowd, Robert Towne]; Camera Tak Fujimoto; Editor Craig McKay; Music Patrick Williams; Art Director Peter Jamison

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Goldie Hawn Kurt Russell Christine Lahti Fred Ward Ed Harris Holly Hunter

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