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Night Shift

  • Film

Time Out says

All credit to Howard, Winkler and co-writer Lowell Ganz for bucking their Happy Days TV formula to cast Winkler as a shy, sad sack Wall Street wizard who runs away from the pressures into a job as night attendant at the morgue. Very funny he is too, whether cosseting his pet rubber plant, fighting a running duel with a ferociously neighbourly dog, or trying to make love with a girlfriend whose neuroses make coitus interruptus a way of life. Even brighter is his odd couple pairing with Michael Keaton in the Fonz role as a manic ideas man who bounces in, takes one look round at the mortuary drawers - 'What's in here? Stiffs and stuff? Neat!' - and soon has the bewildered Winkler turning his sanctum into a cooperative sanctuary for harassed prostitutes. Thereabouts the script begins to lose momentum, opting for frantic farce rather than pointed satire. Likeable, though.
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Release Details

  • Duration:106 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ron Howard
  • Screenwriter:Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
  • Cast:
    • Henry Winkler
    • Michael Keaton
    • Shelley Long
    • Gina Hecht
    • Pat Corley
    • Bobby DiCicco
    • Nita Talbot
    • Clint Howard
    • Joe Spinell
    • Kevin Costner
    • Shanen Doherty
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