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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Henry Winkler was still being seen in new episodes of Happy Days (1974) as his famed character Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli when this movie debuted in cinemas. See more »

Goofs

Chuck is being assaulted with the water hose when interrupted by the police. During the shootout, the hose is dropped from Chucks mouth, but there is never any water on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Wait a minute. Hold the phone, Chuck. We got all that space down at the morgue. All those cars. All that time at night. Nobody watching us. We could handle things for your next door neighbor and all of her girl friends right out of the morgue!
Chuck: Pimps? Are you saying we should become pimps?
Bill: Pimps is an ugly word. We could call ourselves love brokers.
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Referenced in The Lego Batman Movie (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready or Not
Written by Jerry Riggs (uncredited)
Performed by Riggs
Courtesy of Warner Bros./Full Moon Records
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"Get outta town, you two guys?!"- Excellent comedy w/dynamic duo of Winkler & Keaton
11 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

NIGHT SHIFT (1982) ***1/2 Henry Winkler, Shelley Long, Michael Keaton, Richard Belzer, Clint Howard. Fast paced and funny black comedy about a prostitution ring run from a NYC morgue and odd couple attendants Winkler and Keaton (in an amazing and hysterical film debut) as their pimps. Great dialogue and sharp direction by Ron Howard in this, his first big-budgeted directorial debut*. Look sharply for Kevin Costner as a frat boy in the morgue party scene. Best line: Keaton's Billy Blazejowski: "Is this a great country or what?!" Interesting note: closing song "That's What Friends Are For" sung by Rod Stewart is the same song later sung by Elton John & co. for AIDS benefit proceeds. * I know... Howard directed previously "Grand Theft Auto" for Roger Corman, so lighten up , Francis!


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