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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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CastGina Hecht, Michael Keaton, Henry Winkler, Shelley Long, Pat Corley
DirectorRon Howard
Screen WriterLowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Runtime:  106 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . March 25, 2000
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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 …
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