Nine To Five


(out of 5)

plays a shy, repressed divorcee (yeah, right) who gets her very first job as a clerk at a financial company. She immediately befriends her no-nonsense, hard-working supervisor (), an employee who is constantly being overlooked for promotion by their sexist boss () because of her gender, despite the fact that she actually trained him in his position. Coleman’s secretary ( in her film debut) eventually grows tired of the unfair rumours he has been spreading about their fictitious affair, and she joins the fed-up Tomlin and newly feminized Fonda in an effort to get revenge on the Man. The events that follow are silly beyond belief, but there are secret political time bombs cleverly hidden everywhere that make the film far weightier than you would originally think. Writer-director Colin Higgins (most famous for writing Harold And Maude) taps into these women’s frustrations, desires, even fantasies, a hilarious roller-coaster ride that provides a full two hours’ worth of entertainment. Fonda, besides being completely unbelievable as a naive woman, is completely outshone by her co-stars, Tomlin providing the energy and Parton providing the zest in one of the most critically acclaimed film debuts in decades (just watch the part where she tells Coleman she’s going to turn him from a rooster into a hen, it’s fantastic). Topped off by Parton’s Oscar-nominated, toe-tapping theme song that hasn’t gone away ever since.

USA, 1980

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Colin Higgins, Patricia Resnick

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Original Song) (“Nine to Five”, music and lyric by Dolly Parton)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Dolly Parton)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“9 to 5”, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen



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