Jonathan Demme's classic — dubbed "the first buddy movie about women" by Roger Ebert — stars Silver Spring native Goldie Hawn (who also served as producer) and Christine Lahti (Oscar®-nominated for her performance) as women who take jobs at an aircraft factory during WWII and become good friends. Hazed by the plant's macho veterans, they quickly learn to support, see and think for themselves differently. Reportedly inspired by Demme's grandmother, who worked a factory swing shift during WWII, Hawn's Rosie the Riveter-esque character is a reminder of the role WWII played in transforming the workplace and instigating the women's liberation movement of the mid-20th century. The film's stellar supporting cast is anchored by Kurt Russell as the factory heartthrob, Ed Harris as Hawn's deployed husband and Fred Ward as Lahti's on-and-off beau. DIR Jonathan Demme; SCR Nancy Dowd, Bo Goldman, Ron Nyswaner; PROD Jerry Bick. U.S., 1984, color, 100 min. RATED PG
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