Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.
Release Year: 1980
Rating: 6.4/10 (11,339 voted)
Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton
Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up?
Writers: Patricia Resnick, Colin Higgins
Franklin M. Hart Jr.
(as Ren Woods)
They're showing the Boss who's the BOSS!
Release Date: 19 December 1980
Filming Locations: 10431 Bellagio Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA
Did You Know?
In an interview with Isaac Mizrahi, Dolly Parton states that when she wrote the song, she used her long acrylic nails to create the beat to the theme song.
When Judy is in the Xerox room, the rear part of the machine begins filling in more copies. They are one color in one shot but then as they start flying out, they are a mixed up with several colors.
Okay, okay, I'm gonna leave, but I'm gonna tell you one thing before I go: don't you ever refer to me as 'your girl' again.
Franklin M. Hart Jr.:
What in God's name are you talking about?
Franklin M. Hart Jr.:
Doralee, now what are we gonna do about this chair?
I'll tell you what I'm talking about; I'm no girl, I'm a woman. Do you hear me? I'm not your wife or your mother…
[gesturing toward Doralee]
or even your mistress.
I am your employee and as such I expect to be treated equally with a little dignity and a little respect!
Cheesy 80s fun!
"Nine To Five" is one of those classic 80s comedies which was what made the
decade so fun as far as movies go. Jane Fonda plays Judy, a recently
divorced housewife who lands a secretarial job at a corporate office. Lily
Tomlin is Violet, the beleagured supervisor at the office who shows Judy the
ropes on her disasterous first day. Dolly Parton is Doralee, a secretary
whom everyone at the office thinks is using her – ahem – "assets" to get
ahead by sleeping with the boss.
Soon these three become best friends and team up after they've gotten fed up
with their chauvinistic and smarmy boss Mr. Hart, played to the hilt by
Dabney Coleman. Sure, it does delve into zany corniness, such as the scene
where they all get high on pot and share their fantasies about how each of
them would like to knock off the boss (the funniest is Violet's "Snow White"
coffee one, which uses cartoon animation and live action) or the scene where
Violet thinks she accidentally poisoned Mr. Hart's coffee with rat poison
and tries to steal his supposed dead corpse out of the hospital! This is the
kind of movie where you check your brain at the door and take it for what it
There are some great one-liners like the one where Fonda tells her
ex-husband, who thinks she's having a kinky S&M affair with Mr. Hart,
something along the lines of, "If I want to do M&M's, that's fine with me!"
The office they work in is reminiscent of the one in "The Apartment". Three
very clever characters, great comedic acting from Parton as Doralee and
Tomlin as Violet. Jane Fonda, who I never cared much for, was good as the
naive Judy. Sterling Hayden has a great cameo at the end as the "Chairman of
the Board". A funny revenge comedy about Every Office, U.S.A.. You gotta
love the theme song, too. Most recommended!