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Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 1986 (USA)
When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Edwin Blum (story), Lowell Ganz (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Hunt Stevenson
Gedde Watanabe ... Oishi Kazihiro
George Wendt ... Buster
Mimi Rogers ... Audrey
John Turturro ... Willie
Sô Yamamura ... Mr. Sakamoto (as Soh Yamamura)
Sab Shimono ... Saito
Rick Overton ... Googie
Clint Howard ... Paul
Jihmi Kennedy Jihmi Kennedy ... Junior
Michelle Johnson ... Heather DiStefano
Rodney Kageyama ... Ito
Rance Howard ... Mayor Conrad Zwart
Patti Yasutake ... Umeki Kazihiro (as Patti Yasuiake)
Jerry Tondo Jerry Tondo ... Kazuo
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Storyline

Hunt Stevenson works for a large car manufacturer that has just been bought out by a Japanese firm. Suddenly finding himself having to justify his own job, he's forced to choose between redundancy or the seemingly inhuman Japanese work ethic that the new owners have brought with them. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When East meets West, the laughs shift into high gear!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gung Ho See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,170,830, 16 March 1986

Gross USA:

$36,611,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,611,610
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several actors from this movie went on to work on the Gung Ho (1986) television series. These included Sab Shimono, Patti Yasutake, Rodney Kageyama, Clint Howard, and Gedde Watanabe. See more »

Goofs

Bunting is not allowed in slo-pitch softball, the first two batters should have been called out. See more »

Quotes

Hunt Stevenson: Hey, sugarpuss, what's cooking?
Secretary: No, cooking... typing.
Hunt Stevenson: Well, is your boss in?
Secretary: Today not good day to see boss, man.
[resorting to a book of quotes]
Secretary: He between a lock and a hard on.
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Alternate Versions

Some international editions distributed by Paramount on DVD, reduced the aspect ratio from original 2.39:1 to 2.09:1. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT
By Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
Produced by Tom Wierman
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An eighties classic. Very funny.
6 March 2002 | by littlegimpSee all my reviews

A very funny east-meets-west film influenced by the closure of GM's Flint, Michigan plant in the eighties and the rise and integration of Japanese automakers in the US. Set in western Pennsylvania, it features great performances by Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, and George Wendt. Music by blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.


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