Swing Shift Review

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With her husband away fighting, Goldie Hawn is left to work in an aircraft factory. There she makes friends but more importantly meets Kurt Russell. The build up a warm relationship and soon begin an affair.


When Goldie Hawn’s soldier husband goes off to fight in World War II, she — very much against his wishes — first takes a job in an aircraft factory, and then makes friends with the town’s “loose woman”, Christine Lahti who received an Oscar nomination for her role.

If that wasn’t enough, she also falls for sexy, softhearted trumpet-player Kurt Russell, and begins a tentative affair. A wistful, bitter-sweet comedy romance from Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), helped along by great performances from Hawn and Russell — who, incidentally fell in love on set — that captures the feel of the time.

This film is more known for being the one which introduced Goldie Hawn to Kurt Russell than anything else, which is somewhat unfair as at its heart lies a sweet romance, with good performances from both the leads and an Oscar nomination for supporting actress Lahti.