Renown film critic, Roger Ebert called this well-beloved 80’s flick a good-hearted, simple-minded comedy that will win a place in film history. He suspected that it was primarily because it contained the movie debut of Dolly Parton. He stated “There have been other debuts this unmistakable; you could name Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and even John Travolta. And what you'd be talking about in each case would not necessarily be a great dramatic performance in an important movie, but more about a quality of presence, a personal life force that seems to take over the screen.”
In the tradition of 1940s screwball comedies, this cult classic is composed of improbable events happening to people who are like comic caricatures instead of fully developed characters. But, like those '40s movies, it also has a dash of social commentary that can still be discussed and debated today. So tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen. Pour yourself a cup of ambition. Then yawn and stretch and try to come to life as guest co-hosts, Laramy & Bethany Wells, join Tim Williams to discuss “9 to 5” from 1980 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!
Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:
Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston turned down the role of Chairman of the Board Russell Tinsworthy.
On the DVD commentary, Jane Fonda says she once worked in an office and was fired because she wouldn't sleep with the boss. She adds that they know the person and therefore isn't naming names. Dolly Parton piped in and said "well I slept with the boss and I still got fired!"
Violet's fantasy features Disney-like characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (including Violet as Snow White), Bambi (1942), and Robin Hood (1973). The animated characters resembled the Disney characters, but were obviously drawn differently for legal reasons.
Box Office Mojo
"You Must Remember This" Podcast
"Dolly Parton: Here I Am" (Netflix Documentary)
Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver
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