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Swing Shift

Swing Shift
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Swing Shift

1984 / 100min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JONATHAN DEMME

The rare period piece that feels as alive and imperative as Right This Minute, Demme’s sweet-spirited, sublimely sensitive Swing Shift sets its scene during the topsy-turvy World War II years. But instead of going in for guns, guts, and glory, Demme poignantly and pointedly portrays a very different battlefield: the proving grounds of love, lust, and desire. While husband Ed Harris is off doing his duty with the Navy, young married gal Kay (Goldie Hawn) patriotically takes a job at a Los Angeles armaments factory, and on the factory floor she faces an unexpected threat to the home front: a charming, fascinating co-worker, Lucky (Russell), with whom she becomes enamored and entangled. A mature, generous, and shrewdly understated adult drama, with a soon-to-be coupled-up Hawn and Russell appearing in their first major feature together, the epitome of easygoing, crackling screen chemistry.