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9 to 5 (1980)

Nine to Five (original title)
PG | | Comedy | 19 December 1980 (USA)
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

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Colin Higgins

Writers:

Patricia Resnick (story), Colin Higgins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Judy Bernly
Lily Tomlin ... Violet Newstead
Dolly Parton ... Doralee Rhodes
Dabney Coleman ... Franklin Hart, Jr.
Sterling Hayden ... Tinsworthy
Elizabeth Wilson ... Roz
Henry Jones ... Hinkle
Lawrence Pressman ... Dick
Marian Mercer ... Missy Hart
Renn Woods ... Barbara (as Ren Woods)
Norma Donaldson Norma Donaldson ... Betty
Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini ... Maria
Peggy Pope ... Margaret
Richard Stahl ... Meade
Ray Vitte ... Eddie
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Storyline

Meet Franklin Hart (Dabney Coleman). The biggest "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss on the planet. He thrills in taking advantage of his head female office staff; humiliating, downplaying, and condescending against them whenever conveniently possible, particularly his top assistant Violet (Lily Tomlin). Long-exhausted over his gruesome bullishness, Violet, alongside co-workers Doralee (Dolly Parton) and Judy (Jane Fonda) comprise comical methods of "doing him in", when a freak incident occurs. They then manage to kidnap Hart and trap him in his own house, while assuming control of his department, and productivity leaps. But just how long can they keep him tied up? Written by Peanutlee <oprlvr@yahoo.com>

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The power behind the throne See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From 9 to 5 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,966,832, 21 December 1980

Gross USA:

$103,290,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,300,143
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dabney Coleman plays the sexist, egotistical, lying hypocritical bigot boss Franklin Hart in this movie; the villain who provides the plot with it's jeopardy. This is probably the part Coleman has been most associated with over the years; infact after this movie Coleman was typecast, and Coleman spent years and years playing jerks in Hollywood; from this part, to the bully director Ron in Tootsie; to Buffalo Bill on his own TV show of the same name; to the racist Fred Tanner on Diffrent strokes; to the bumbling Lt. Mckrittrick in Wargames, these characters were all bullies and villains. The only part Coleman played that was not a bully was when he played the imaginary spy Jack Flack in Cloak and Dagger, and when he played Bill Ray in On Golden Pond. But he is still thought of mostly as a villain in Hollywood; and will soon go back to the part that made him a famous villain in the first place; Franklin Hart; when they produce the sequel to 9 to 5 which is coming out soon. See more »

Goofs

Violet's taillights repair themselves after she's been stopped by the police. See more »

Quotes

Doralee Rhodes: [stepping out from behind the car after seeing that the wrong corpse is in the trunk of the car] Uh, Judy? Would you come back here for a second?
Judy Bernly: What?
Doralee Rhodes: Look.
Judy Bernly: Who's that?
Doralee Rhodes: I don't know.
Judy Bernly: Where's Hart?
Doralee Rhodes: I don't know.
Judy Bernly: Oh, my God, you mean she... *oh my god!*
Doralee Rhodes: [stepping out from beind the car] Violet, honey, would you come over here for a second?
Violet Newstead: What is the matter with you two? We have got to get the - who is that?
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Alternate Versions

Edited for TV version cuts the boss's explanation for why he doesn't want to be examined after waking up in hospital. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.200 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Nine To Five
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
Produced by Gregg Perry
©1980 Velvet Apple Music and Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.
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Funny First Half, Slower Second
5 February 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The first part is a real hoot as cranky office dictator Coleman regiments his mostly female work crew. Get my coffee, he tells underling Tomlin. Never mind that she's at least his equal in business acumen. Then there's busty Parton whose upper orbs succumb to his scheming as she picks up pencils. And pity newly hired Fonda as she learns the submissive ropes in amusingly jittery fashion. In fact, her bungled avalanche with the copy machine may be the movie highlight. Still, Fonda's transformation from nervous newbie to a rebellious leader amounts, I think, to the movie's core. After all, how many other potential leaders lurk among the suppressed rank and file. On the other hand, I can see why chauvinistic men would despise the movie, funny or not. After all, it's really about women folk learning to assert themselves and their overlooked talents.

The second part, however, loses comedic edge as the girls duel with Coleman in fitfully funny fashion. Looks like the writers were unsure how to develop Coleman's comeuppance. Nonetheless, the acting remains superb, especially from a surprisingly adept Parton and that great bumbling egotist, Dabney Coleman. Too bad the script also appears unsure how to carry out the feminist rebellion that shines so expertly in the first part.

Good to see old timers like the lordly Sterling Hayden and the jowly Henry Jones picking up paydays. And shouldn't overlook Elizabeth Wilson as Coleman's tricky tattletale. She's a wise choice as an office foreman given her stellar performance as a secretary in the Wall Street classic Patterns (1956).

All in all, the hundred minutes strikes me as not only generally amusing, but as a key film in the spread of the women's movement, one that continues even today. So, for those who don't mind a message with their laughs, don't miss it.


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