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Nine to Five

original movie poster
Directed by Colin Higgins
Produced by Bruce Gilbert
Written by Patricia Resnick
Colin Higgins
Starring Jane Fonda
Lily Tomlin
Dolly Parton
Dabney Coleman
Marian Mercer
Colin Higgins
Peggy Pope
Elizabeth Wilson
Music by Charles Fox
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Editing by Pembroke J. Herring
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 19, 1980 (USA)
Running time 110 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Gross revenue USD$103,290,500

Nine to Five, also known as 9 to 5, is a 1980 American comedy movie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman.

The film concerns three working women living out their fantasy of getting even with, and their successful overthrow of, the company's autocratic, "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss.

Nine to Five was an across-the-board hit, grossing $103,290,500 in the U.S. alone. The film became the highest-grossing comedy of 1980. As a star vehicle for singer Parton, it launched her permanently into mainstream popular culture. Although a television series based on the film was less successful, a musical version of the film (also titled 9 to 5), with new songs written by Parton, opened on Broadway on April 30, 2009.

This film is number 47 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".



Three women decide to turn the tables on their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss when their dissatisfaction causes them to reach the boiling point. A bizarre series of misunderstandings causes them to seize control of their department forcibly, kidnapping their boss and imprisoning him while they change their workplace to suit their vision of a more equitable, friendly environment.


Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), a housewife whose husband has left her for his secretary, begins her own secretarial career at a huge corporation. Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), a feisty, veteran office manager, instructs her on the perils and procedures of office life -- and of working for Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), their chauvinistic, sleazy boss, and his right-hand woman, the crisp, nosy Roz (Elizabeth Wilson). Meanwhile, Hart's endless attempts to seduce his happily married secretary, Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton), lead the entire office to think she's a trollop. When Hart unfairly passes Violet over for a promotion, she drowns her sorrows at a local bar with Judy and Doralee, who regales the others with tales of Hart's epic advances. Later, at Doralee's house, the women smoke pot, eat barbecue, and concoct hilarious revenge fantasies -- a rodeo hog-tie, a Wild West shootout, and a gothic Snow White scenario -- about killing their boss. When a mix-up leads the women to think they have accidentally poisoned Hart's coffee, they hatch a scheme to protect themselves by stealing Hart's body from the morgue. When he turns up alive, never having drunk the coffee, they must kidnap him to prevent him from blackmailing them or calling the police. The women then use the occasion of their boss' absence to effect some changes around the office.



  • This was Dolly Parton's first film.
  • In the middle of the film, the secretaries send a nosy manager to the Aspen Language Center in Colorado to learn French. The actual TWA 747 aircraft shown in the film later exploded off Long Island, NY as TWA Flight 800.
  • In her autobiography, My Life So Far, Jane Fonda wrote that Dolly Parton committed the entire movie script to memory prior to the commencement of shooting, not realizing that she only needed to know her own dialogue, and that it wouldn't be shot in order.
  • The young candystriper who briefly exchanges dialogue with Tomlin's character during the hospital sequence was played by Florence Henderson's daughter Barbara Chase.


American Film Institute recognition

Theme song

The movie's theme song, "9 to 5", became one of Parton's biggest hits of the decade. It went to number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Song. It won the 1981 People's Choice Award for "Favorite Motion Picture Song", and two 1982 Grammy Awards: for "Country Song of the Year" and "Female Country Vocal of the Year" (it was nominated for four Grammys). Additionally, it was certified platinum by the RIAA.

At the same time, newcomer Sheena Easton was enjoying her first major hit in United Kingdom with a song also titled "9 to 5". With the success of Parton's song, Easton was forced to rename her recording "Morning Train (9 to 5)" for its North American release.

Television series

The movie inspired a sitcom version which aired from 1982 to 1983 and from 1986 to 1988. The show, which aired on ABC (1982-83) and in first run syndication (1986-88), featured Parton's younger sister, Rachel Dennison, in Parton's role; Rita Moreno and Valerie Curtin took over Tomlin and Fonda's roles, respectively. In the second version of the show, Sally Struthers replaced Moreno. A total of 85 episodes were filmed.

2009 Broadway musical

In an interview aired September 30, 2005 on Larry King Live, Parton revealed that she was writing the songs for a musical stage adaptation of the film.[1] A private reading of the musical took place on January 19, 2007[2] Further private presentations were held in New York City in summer 2007.

In early March 2008, Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie announced that 9 to 5 will have its pre-Broadway run at the Center's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles beginning September 21, 2008. Allison Janney will star as Violet, joined by Stephanie J. Block as Judy and Megan Hilty as Doralee, and Marc Kudisch as Franklin Hart Jr. The book for 9 to 5: The Musical is by Patricia Resnick, who co-authored the film. Choreography is by Andy Blankenbuehler and Joe Mantello will direct.[3]

According to, the musical opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in previews on April 7, 2009, and officially on April 30, 2009.[4] However, due to low ticket sales and gross, the production will close on September 6, 2009. A National Tour is planned for 2010

Possible sequel

In a TV interview broadcast on BBC1 in the UK in 2005, the movie's stars Fonda, Tomlin and Dolly Parton all expressed interest in starring in a sequel. Fonda said if the right script was written she would definitely do it, suggesting a suitable name for a 21st century sequel would be 24/7. 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 Frank Hart would have to return as their nemesis.

Popular culture

  • Marian Mercer and Dabney Coleman played husband and wife on the 1970s cult Soap opera spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
  • A clip of the film appeared on the Xbox 360 interactive game Scene It.
  • Like many popular films of the early 1980s, an unofficial X-Rated parody was released, titled 8 to 4, in 1981. The film was shot on 35mm film and played in adult cinemas. It also featured a theme song that parodied the original Nine to Five theme. The Tomlin, Fonda and Parton roles were played by Annette Haven, Loni Sanders and Lisa De Leeuw, respectively.
  • President Ronald Reagan watched the movie and found it to be humorous. He did, however, voice his anger over the scene where Fonda, Tomlin, and Parton smoked marijuana, as he considered it to be an "endorsement of [p]ot smoking for any young person who [saw] the film."[5]


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From Wikiquote

Nine to Five is a 1980 comedy film starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton as three secretaries who plan revenge on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical boss, Franklin Hart (Dabney Coleman).


Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton)

  • "Mr. Hart, I sign your name better than you do!"
  • "Oh Mr Hart, you didn't make a mistake. You see I'll just have to remember to check, the next time I'm asked to go to work at a convention that there is a convention going on."
  • "I'm as nice as I know how to be to every single person down at that office. Everybody treats me like a bastard at a family reunion."
  • "Look I got a gun out there in my purse. And up till now I've been forgivin' and forgettin' because of the way I was brought up. But I tell you one thing - if you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine. And I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot! Don't think I can't do it!!!"
  • "Well, I say we hire a couple of wranglers to go upstairs and beat the shit out of him."
  • "He's got you for poisoning him, and me for roping him, and you for acting like he was first prize at a turkey shoot!

Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin)

  • "I'm a widow with four kids. You know, Jerry should never have died. I'd be better off - I could've divorced him."
  • "We're gonna need a special locker for the hat."
  • "I have never seen anyone leap frog so fast to the top in my life. And I have the bad back to prove it. I remember when he was just a management trainee . . . in fact, I'm the one who trained him."
  • (On the phone): "Oh, come on kids. Come on, no fighting. Believe me, there is more than one peanut butter and banana sandwich in the world, what did I say this morning? you, I don't wanna talk to the dog, bye bye..."
  • "I'm no fool, I've killed the boss! Do you think they're not gonna fire me for a thing like that?"
  • (To a hospital tea-lady): "I'm a doctor! So why the hell am I talking to you? Piss off!"

Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda)

  • "You're foul, Hart. A wart on the nose of humanity, and I'm gonna blast it off!"
  • "You know, I smoked a marijuana cigarette at a party once. I could never figure out what the big deal was."
  • "Mr Hart, Violet didn't mean to kill you, she just accidently put rat poison in your coffee!"
  • "It looks just like Skinny & Sweet. Except for the little skull and crossbones on the label."
  • "And if I wanna have an affair, or play sex games, or do M&M's, you can't stop me!"
  • "As a matter of fact, I smoke pot!"
  • "Hit the road, buster! This is where you get off!""

Frank Hart (Dabney Coleman)

  • "Four weeks? What are you, out of your mind? You think I'm gonna spend four weeks of my life drifting around on that dago boat?!?"

Margaret (Peggy Pope)

  • Margaret: "Violet! Where're you going?"
    Violet: "I'm gonna get drunk!"
    Margaret: "Atta girl!"
  • Roz: "Where are you going?"
    Doralee: "I need a drink, Roz! I'm taking the rest of the day off.
    Margaret: "Atta girl!"
  • Judy: "Does Violet know about this?"
    Margaret: "Not yet, she's down at Charlie's getting drunk!"
    Judy: "Well, I'm gonna tell her, this is a disgrace!"
    Margaret: "Atta girl!"

Judy: "We've got to do something!"
Margaret: "Sure, let's all revolt."


  • Roz: "Oh, Violet, I haven't heard from you. Did you get my memo?"
    Violet: I did, Roz, I tore right through it."

  • Eddie (to Judy, on her first day of work): "Lady, you're gonna hate it here!"

  • Maria: "Joanne's quitting. They won't let her work part time."
    Margaret: "Of course they won't. It would make things too convenient."

  • Judy: "Oh, this is awful. It's so improper. It's so disrepectful!"
    Violet: "He's dead, he doesn't mind!"

  • Doralee: "Violet, I didn't think you smoked [marijuana]. You roll your own?"
    Violet: "Ssshhh, we don't have enough for everybody, cool it!"

  • Hart: "But why? Why?"
    Violet: "Why do you think?"
    Hart: "Because I'm a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot?"
    Violet (grinning): "Bingo!"

  • Judy: "Where's the body?"
  • Violet: In the trunk! Look, all we have to do is get some cement blocks, chain them to his feet and pitch him off the end of the pier and no one will ever know."
    Doralee: "You are crazy! They'll find it, they always find it!"
    Violet: "Oh-hoh, crazy am I? They never found Jimmy Hoffa!"

  • Violet: "What can we get on him?"
    Judy: "A sex scandal! Take a picture of him in bed with a prostitute!"
    Doralee: "Oh, who would care?"
    Violet: "Yeah, Hart would just buy up the copies and send them out as Christmas cards!"

  • Violet: "One thing you should know about dear Roz, she is the eyes, ears, nose and throat of Mr Hart - anything she hears, he hears"
    Judy: "You mean, she's a company spy?"
    Violet: " Sshhh, I wouldn't say that. I'll just say that if you wanna gossip in the ladies room, I'd check first under the stalls for her shoes!"


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