Ever since two enterprising young men turned the City Morgue into a swinging business, people have been dying to get in.
A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the "one great idea" for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her pimp. His partner, upon hearing the situation, suggests that they fill that opening themselves using the morgue at night .
Michael Keaton is great and there are a lot of laughs in this one. It ultimately doesn't separate itself from other 80s comedies, but it's worth watching.
Yet another movie I saw at the drive-in as a very young kid. Back then I thought that Michael Keaton was the coolest guy ever.
Part of the 1982 Project
Film N of March Movie Madness
Whatever happened to Henry Winkler? After playing the iconic role of the Fonze for so long you would have expected him to make the move to the movies gracefully, but for whatever reason it didnt happen, maybe he became typecast or was just plain unlucky. I say typecast, but its weird because in this he is anything but, playing the exact opposite of the Fonze.
Here he plays a dweebish, timid very soft kind of guy who gets pushed around by his boss and his fiancee, and ends up working the night shift at the morgue, which suits him because he prefers the peace and quiet, but his new…
Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton are great.
From my review of the DVD
I first saw Night Shift on TV in a late night broadcast several years ago, found it absorbing and then promptly forgot about it until we found it in the $5 DVD's at Walmart last year. Originally released in 1982, this is the story of Lumley (Winkler), an employee at the New York City Morgue, who had walked away from the intensity of Wall Street. Billy Blaze (Keaton, in his motion picture debut) is hired on and assigned to work the night shift with Lumley. Lumley manages to discount Billy's ideas until he becomes sympathetic to his prostitute neighbor (Long). Together, they take over managing the girls--out of the morgue!
It's fun to see the beginning stages of both Ron Howard as a director and Michael Keaton as an actor here, and even if the movie never reaches past more than just "good", it's a solid watch.
Side Note: Watch closely for a cameo from Kevin Costner.
Night Shift starts out pretty promising, but just goes downhill from there. The only real laughs come from Michael Keaton and a few from a very good acting job by Henry Winkler. Ron Howard has directed better films.
Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton team up as morgue workers who moonlight as pimps, or "love brokers", in a Ron Howard film.
The setup never delivers on the promised comedy and makes an ill directed move towards melodrama. Excessive use of “That’s What Friends Are For” sums up the heavy handed nature of the film.
The Reverence: A frat party in the morgue. Apparently Kevin Costner is even in the background somewhere.