9 to 5

9 to 5 15

Film

Please note: This was screened in Dec 2018

Director:
Colin Higgins
Cast:
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton
Duration:
109 mins, 1980, USA
Primary language:
English

In this classic feminist comedy that was decades ahead of its time, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton star as three women who, sick of their egotistical, sexist manager, seek to change their all-female workplace for good.

Judy (Fonda), Violet (Tomlin) and Doralee (Parton) couldn’t be more different from each other, but they bond over being mistreated by their boss (Dabney Coleman); who yells at Judy on her first day, consistently takes credit for Violet’s ideas and sexually harasses Doralee. Fed up with the generally chauvinistic practices of their offices, they dream of getting rid of him.

Based on an idea by the inimitable Fonda, who had just formed her own production company, 9 to 5 is a brazen and hilarious comedy that wears its politics on its sleeve. Sparking ambition all around since its original release, it celebrates the power of female friendship – whilst tackling issues that almost 40 years later are finally being taken seriously.

Presented with the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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