- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 20, 2004
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Mono - English
- Mono - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/13/1984
"...A sweet romantic comedy....[Hawn gives an] expert performance..."
Variety - 04/18/1984
"...[The filmmakers] have created an evocative period that brims with patriotism and feeling..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/05/2004
"[With] strong performances from Hawn and the marvelous Christine Lahti."
It's World War II, and Kay's husband, Jack (Ed Harris), has just joined the military. Kay (Goldie Hawn), like so many women of the period, decides to go to work to support the war effort. She finds a job at an airplane munitions plant, where she meets Lucky (Kurt Russell), a trumpet-playing hunk who is unable to serve in the war because of health problems. The two embark upon a romance after a lengthy courtship, which lasts a number of years. But when Jack returns home injured, he doesn't appreciate the news that his wife has been enjoying herself with another man. Jonathan Demme's smooth directorial hand is revealed by the unsentimental generosity with which he handles the supporting characters. Look in particular for Christine Lahti's standout performance as Kay's factory buddy, Hazel--a performance that notched her an Oscar nomination. SWING SHIFT is the rare World War II movie that focuses on the home front; it is particularly sensitive to the period's music, place, and mood.
Jonathan Demme directs Goldie Hawn in an unusual dramatic role portraying a Navy wife named Kay who takes on an assembly-line job at a World War II munitions plant. The plant is full of housewives turned factory workers. Kurt Russell is Lucky, a fellow worker with whom she falls in love. The resulting film is a sensitive romance that explores the lives of the men and women who stayed home.
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World War II
- The four screenwriters of this film were credited (collectively) as Rob Morton.