The message in this case has, to do with women's liberation and, specifically, with the role of women in large corporate offices. Tomlin is the efficient office manager.
A nine-to-five affair
Fonda is the newcomer, trying out her first job after a divorce. Parton is the boss's secretary, and everybody in the office thinks she's having an affair with the boss. So the other women won't speak to her.
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The villain is the boss himself. She's having none of it. After the movie introduces a few social issues day care, staggered work hours, equal pay, merit promotion , the movie develops into a bizarre plot to kidnap Coleman in an attempt to win equal rights. He winds up swinging from the ceiling of his bedroom, attached by wire to a garage-door opener. Serves him right, the M.
Nine to five
This whole kidnapping sequence moves so far toward unrestrained farce that it damages the movie's marginally plausible opening scenes. But perhaps we don't really care. We learn right away that this is deliberately a lightweight film, despite its superstructure of social significance. And, making the necessary concessions, we simply enjoy it. What I enjoyed most, as you have already guessed, was Dolly Parton. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately.
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Although the story appears to be set in Los Angeles, the opening credit montage, set to the title song, is mostly composed of shots from downtown San Francisco. The film's theme song, " 9 to 5 ", written and recorded by Parton, became one of her biggest hits of the decade. While filming the 9 to 5 movie, Parton found she could use her long acrylic fingernails to simulate the sound of a typewriter. She wrote the song on set by clicking her nails together and forming the beat.
The song went to number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot , as well as the U. Additionally, it was certified platinum by the RIAA. At the same time, newcomer Sheena Easton was enjoying her first major hit in the UK with a song also titled " 9 to 5 ". With the success of Parton's song, and to avoid confusion, Easton's record company renamed her recording "Morning Train 9 to 5 " for its North American release. Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and called it "pleasant entertainment, and I liked it, despite its uneven qualities and a plot that's almost too preposterous for the material.
Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 2. The biggest disappointment is that this Jane Fonda comedy about a trio of secretaries out to get their boss doesn't have more bite Instead of getting darker and darker, 'Nine to Five' gets lighter and lighter until it loses most of the energy it established so well early on.
However, it strays so far from reality for so long that it threatens to become mired in overly complicated silliness and to lose sight of the serious satirical points it wants to make. Happily, it does pull together for a finish that's as strong as it is funny.
Gary Arnold of The Washington Post thought the film "runs a merely weak comic premise into the ground with coarse, laborious execution. It's not wild or dark enough to qualify as a truly disturbing farce and it's too fanciful and silly to succeed as realistic satire. Politically and esthetically, it's harmless—a mildly amusing romp that tends to get swallowed up by its own overly intricate plot.
The film inspired a sitcom version which aired from to and from to In the second version of the show, Sally Struthers replaced Moreno. A total of 85 episodes were filmed. In an interview aired September 30, on Larry King Live , Parton revealed that she was writing the songs for a musical stage adaptation of the film. The book for 9 to 5: The Musical was written by Patricia Resnick, who co-authored the film.
Andy Blankenbuehler choreographed the show, and Joe Mantello directed. According to playbill. A national tour began in September In the s, Universal developed a sequel with Colin Higgins. Tom Mankiewicz worked on it for a while and says that while Dolly Parton was enthusiastic, Jane Fonda was not and Higgins' heart was not in it.
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Parton suggested they had better hurry up before they reach retirement age. In the DVD commentary, the three reiterate their enthusiasm; Fonda suggests a sequel should cover outsourcing and they agree Hart would have to return as their nemesis. In a interview, Dolly Parton announced that a sequel is in the works to bring the story into a modern-day setting. Fonda revealed that she is also an executive producer on the project.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Theatrical release poster. Colin Higgins Patricia Resnick. Jane Fonda as Judy Bernly, the new woman who is forced to find work after her husband leaves her for his secretary, a younger woman named Liza.
She becomes friends with Violet and Doralee. Lily Tomlin as Violet Newstead, a widow with four kids who has been working at the company for twelve years. She is very knowledgeable about the company, and was the one who trained Hart. Despite her knowledge, she is continually passed over for promotions due to Hart's sexist attitudes. She is Judy's best friend and helps train her. Dolly Parton as Doralee Rhodes, a secretary who is presumed to be sleeping with Hart, even though she refuses his advances.
Because of this, she is looked down on by most of the other women in the office, but this changes after she becomes friends with Violet and Judy. Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart Jr. At the end of the film, he is reassigned to Brazil.