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Night Shift (1982)

R | | Comedy | 30 July 1982 (USA)
A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

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Ron Howard
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Winkler ... Chuck Lumley
Michael Keaton ... Bill Blazejowski
Shelley Long ... Belinda Keaton
Gina Hecht ... Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley ... Edward Koogle
Bobby Di Cicco ... Leonard (as Bobby DiCicco)
Nita Talbot ... Vivian
Basil Hoffman ... Drollhauser
Tim Rossovich ... Luke
Clint Howard ... Jefferey
Joe Spinell ... Manetti
Cheryl Carter Cheryl Carter ... Tanya
Becky Gonzalez Becky Gonzalez ... Lupe
Corki Grazer Corki Grazer ... Sylvia (as Corki Corman)
Jaid Barrymore ... Joyce (as Ildiko Jaid)
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Storyline

A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her pimp. His partner, upon hearing the situation, suggests that they fill that opening themselves using the morgue at night as their brothel. Against his better judgement, he gets talked into the idea, only to find that it's more than his boss that has objections to this bit of entrepreneurship. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The oldest profession in a new-look comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Shift See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,539,633, 1 August 1982

Gross USA:

$21,095,638

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,095,638
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fraternity having the party in the morgue is Delta Tau Chi (seen on the wall) which is the same fraternity as in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). See more »

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When Billy confronts Chuck in the barber shop, the shaving cream on Chuck's side burn changes shape and quantity between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chuck: When did you get fully dressed?
Sgt. Averbach: It wasn't going to be any good tonight anyway. I feel so guilty! I cheated today.
Chuck: You're kidding.
Sgt. Averbach: I had a Nestle's Crunch Bar.
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Referenced in Making a 'Splash' (2002) See more »

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Talk Talk
Written by Mark Hollis (uncredited) and Ed Hollis (uncredited)
Performed by Talk Talk
Courtesy of EMI Records
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Ron Howard dramedy with Michael Keaton, Henry Winkler & Shelley Long
29 March 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1982, "Night Shift" stars Henry Winkler as a morgue attendant newly assigned to the graveyard shift in the Big Apple where he meets an energetic but dubious new employee (Michael Keaton) who talks him into running a prostitution ring at the morgue. Shelley Long plays one of the ladies of the night while Gina Hecht appears as the fiancé of Winkler's character.

Although director Ron Howard had previously directed 1977's low budget "Grand Theft Auto" and a few TV movies, "Night Shift" was his big theatrical break. It was also Keaton's film debut after spending 6 years on TV. Speaking of whom, Keaton's character comes off seriously annoying, but he slows down after a bit and you get used to him. Winkler was at the height of his popularity after six years on Happy Days with a few more to go, but he could never equal his television success in cinema (I've only seen him in three movies, this, 1977's "Heroes" and 1996' "Scream"). In any case, both work as quality protagonists who happen to be polar opposites.

Long co-starred in this movie right before she shot to television success with Cheers for the next five years (when she chose to leave the show). Shelley never did much for me, although she's certainly likable, but WATCH OUT for her mind-blowing kitchen scene where she's just stunning.

The movie's not great but it's consistently amusing with 2-3 laugh-out-loud sequences. The topic of prostitution is disturbing, even gross; it's hard to fathom how a woman could fall into such a horrible pit, but the movie stresses the humanity of the prostitutes and possible redemption rooted in love. And love conquers all.

The film runs 106 minutes and was shot in Manhattan & Queens, New York City. WRITERS: Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel.

GRADE: Borderline B/B- (6.5/10)


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