Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1984. Warner Bros., Lantana, Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company, Jerry Bick Productions. Screenplay by Nancy Dowd. Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto. Produced by Jerry Bick. Music by Patrick Williams. Production Design by Peter Jamison. Costume Design by Joe I. Tompkins. Film Editing by Craig McKay. Academy Awards 1984. Golden Globe Awards 1984. New York Film Critics Awards 1984.
With the men away fighting in the war, women are recruited to work in munitions factories to help pump out artillery, airplanes and tanks, and Goldie Hawn plays one of the war wives who does just that. While her husband (Ed Harris) is off in battle, Hawn finds romance with one of the men in the factory (Kurt Russell), and from there her life gets more than complicated. Christine Lahti is a scene-stealer as a highly personable colleague at the plant, and Holly Hunter has her first notable screen role as another, but it is entirely Hawn’s show and she’s wonderful. Reports from the set noted that her pressure on director Jonathan Demme kept the film focused on the couple’s romance in the story and not the war setting or the ensemble cast, but this isn’t a huge drawback and viewers will still enjoy it.