Film / Swing Shift

Swing Shift is a 1984 comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Ed Harris and Christine Lahti.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jack Walsh (Harris) enlists in the Navy, leaving his wife Kay (Hawn) home alone and unsure what to do with herself. After seeing a newsreel calling for female factory workers, she applies at a munitions plant and is hired for the swing shift along with her neighbor Hazel (Lahti), who at first doesnít particularly like her thanks to Jackís casual prejudice against her and her profession as a lounge singer.

Kay also meets Lucky (Russell), one of the factory leadmen, who was turned down by the Army due to a heart defect. He hits on Kay constantly for weeks until she finally agrees to go to dinner with him, only to freak out and leave when she sees her landlords at the restaurant. Lucky backs off for a while, while Kay develops more competence at work and confidence in herself, going from a naïve housewife to a Wrench Wench who can fix her own kitchen appliances. Eventually she does agree to go out with Lucky, and begins an affair with him, which predictably does not end well.

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