Night Shift

Film, Comedy

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.

By: TM


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Ron Howard
Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
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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