- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 27, 1999
- Originally Released: 1982
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Dual Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Hey...This guy's dead!"
- Bill Blazejowski (Michael Keaton), on his first day on the job at the morgue
Variety - 07/14/1982
"...It's funny, charming and knows how to please an audience....Howard does a nice job of moving the story along and keeping comic pace..."
New York Times - 07/30/1982
"...[Keaton] doesn't miss a beat....Even those who find [NIGHT SHIFT] objectionable are liable to laugh..."
This early breakthrough comedy by Ron Howard is a rowdy, raunchy surprise from a Hollywood star known more for his wholesome fare. A mismatched pair of New York City morgue workers, hopelessly stuck working the night shift, decide to make a little extra cash during those long, late-night hours--they set up a call-girl service, becoming the funniest love brokers in the Big Apple. Henry Winkler stars as Chuck Lumley, a downtrodden pushover who unhappily endures a whining girlfriend (Gina Hecht) and a dead-end job at the morgue. But after meeting congenial hooker Belinda (Shelley Long), Chuck decides to help her and her friends organize their nightly endeavors. Michael Keaton, in his film debut, steals the movie as Bill Blazejowski, Chuck's manic, crazed assistant at the morgue. Chuck and Bill perfect their new roles as pimps until Chuck's romantic feelings for Belinda cause him to rethink his new career. NIGHT SHIFT was a HAPPY DAYS reunion of sorts for Howard: Former costar Henry Winkler (Arthur Fonzarelli) stars in the film, and HAPPY DAYS producers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel wrote the screenplay. NIGHT SHIFT also marked Howard's first collaboration with his longtime producing partner, Brian Grazer.
Ron Howard's riotous comedy is about two men--one's a milquetoast, the other is beyond hyperactive--who work the night shift in a morgue. After they become friendly with a sweet streetwalker, the duo decides to start a side venture: prostitution. Soon the guys have become pimps and the funeral parlor has turned into a headquarters for harlots.