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Night Shift (1982)

Comedy movie directed by Ron Howard

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This is my favorite movie of all time

  • Mar 25, 2000
This is my favorite movie, which seems wierd, I was only 5 when Night Shift came out. Star Wars had a hugh effect on my youth at that moment in time. So why did I like this movie? I just remember Michael Keaton being a live action cartoon. I didn't even understand what I was watching. I think I saw Night Shift for the first time when I was like 8 and I loved it. I didn't get all the humor at first, which isn't too hard to believe, but again I thought Michael Keaton was a trip.

As I have grown older, I've started to understand the humor in this film and I loved it. Also, no matter how many times I watch this movie I pick up on another aspect I didn't notice prior. The acting between Henry Winkler (Chuck) and Michael Keaton (Bill) is great. Ron Howard's (first job) directing is super! This movie takes place in one of the most gloomy places, a morgue. However, this doen't have any effect on the comedy at all, as a matter of fact it only adds to the paradox of the film. Which is two men running an escort service where dead people "are in transit".

I always found it funny that this was my favorite movie and still is. Which seems weird because Star Wars had such a hold over my youth and still does today. The Star Wars films will always be my favorites, but Night Shift is a classic. I believe the term is "DA BOMB"!

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Ron Howard's breakthrough film as a director launched Michael Keaton as a screen comic. In this film, he is teamed with a hangdog Henry Winkler as a pair of night attendants at a city morgue. Thinking entrepreneurially, Keaton (as the flakier half of the team) convinces a reluctant Winkler that they could kill two birds with one stone and use their quiet surroundings to start a call-girl business. The first girl in the stable of these unlikely pimps: Shelley Long, pre-Cheers. Given the rather tasteless subject matter (ever really met a happy hooker?), it's surprisingly good fun, ignited by the chemistry between the nebbish Winkler and the jet-propelled Keaton, who seized this role and used it to shoot him to stardom--and into several years of stinkers. Meanwhile, the film was supposed to help Winkler segue from the Fonz onHappy Daysto a career acting in movies, but whatever happened to him?--Marshall Fine
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Director: Ron Howard
Screen Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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