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Night Shift (1982)



Critic Consensus: Night Shift bristles with pitch-perfect laughs thanks to Ron Howard's snappy direction and a side-splitting turn from Michael Keaton.

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Straight-laced Henry Winkler takes a night-shift job as a morgue attendant. Winkler falls under the spell of wheeler-dealer co-worker Michael Keaton. Keaton's latest plan is to turn the morgue into a nocturnal brothel, for the benefit of anything-goes hooker Shelley Long -- and, incidentally, to line their own pockets.

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Henry Winkler
as Chuck Lumley
Michael Keaton
as Bill Blazejowski
Shelley Long
as Belinda Keaton
Gina Hecht
as Charlotte Koogle
Pat Corley
as Edward Koogle
Basil Hoffman
as Drollhauser
Clint Howard
as Jefferey
Joe Spinell
as Manetti
Ava Lazar
as Sharon
Ola Ray
as Dawn
Ashley Cox
as Jenny Lynn
Floyd Levine
as Sal Carboni
Reid Cruickshanks
as Sgt. Averbach
James Ritz
as Morgue Worker
John Boyle
as Leopard Boy
Brett Baxter Clark
as Paradise Doorman
Paul Kaufman
as Paradise Patron
Hugo Napier
as Blind Man
Tom Candela
as Sailor #1
Horace Long
as Turkey Man
Kevin Costner
as Frat Boy #1
Rick Starr
as Frat Boy #2
Russell Forte
as Frat Boy #3
Jim Greenleaf
as Frat Boy #4
Jason Fitz-Gerald
as Frat Boy #5
Jeremy Lawrence
as Frat Boy #6
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Critic Reviews for Night Shift

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

Winkler is perfect as the redeemed nerd, and Keaton is a super find, bristling with raw energy. Director Ron Howard sometimes takes the easy route to a laugh, drawing from his wealth of sitcom experience, but he also pays attention to his characters.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, Howard's assured style and instinct for comedy keep "Night Shift" light and breezy for most of the time.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Night Shift makes it apparent that Howard acquired an enormous amount of savvy about comic staging and acting during those 20 years or so on the tube.

April 23, 2018 | Full Review…


January 26, 2006
Top Critic

This is a halfway funny movie, one that's got loads of good gags in its first half and nothing but trouble in its second.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

This isn't as snappily directed or as caustically conceived as the subsequent Risky Business, which has a similar theme, but it's arguably just as sexy and almost as funny.

March 21, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night Shift


Picture Risky Business in a morgue. Night Shift is funny and has the best message, everyone is their own pimp.

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

A very funny movie with an interesting cast, I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


I watched this one tons as a kid. This movie also introduced us to Micheal Keaton and made him a star.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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