Take This Job and Shove It (film)
|Take This Job and Shove It|
|Directed by||Gus Trikonis|
|Produced by||Paul Baratta (associate producer)|
Greg Blackwell (producer)
William J. Immerman (executive producer)
Al Kasha (associate producer)
J. David Marks (executive producer)
|Written by||Barry Schneider|
|Story by||Jeffrey Bernini|
David Allan Coe
|Music by||Billy Sherrill|
|Edited by||Richard Belding|
|Distributed by||Avco Embassy Pictures (original distributor)|
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (current distributor)
|Box office||$17,569,030 (US) or $12 million|
A corporate conglomerate called "The Ellison Group" acquired four breweries, all of them experiencing financial trouble. Enter Frank Macklin (Robert Hays), a young manager hired by Ellison to help reorganize one of the ailing breweries. The only thing, though, was that brewery was a major employer in his home town. Originally, his old friends, who were working at the brewery, gave him a cold welcome, as they thought he would be unable to revitalize the brewery. But when Frank informed them that the brewery was drowning in red ink, and that they may be losing their jobs soon, they welcomed him with open arms, and ramped up the brewery's sales and production. The brewery has improved so much, that The Ellison Group decided to sell it to a Texas oil millionaire, who doesn't know the first thing about running a brewery—or apparently—running a business.
- Robert Hays as Frank Macklin
- Art Carney as Charlie Pickett
- Barbara Hershey as J.M. Halsted
- David Keith as Harry Meade
- Tim Thomerson as Ray Binkowski
- Martin Mull as Dick Ebersol
- Eddie Albert as Samuel Ellison
- Penelope Milford as Lenore Meade
- David Allan Coe as Mooney
- Lacy J. Dalton as Mrs. Mooney
- Royal Dano as Beeber
- Virgil Frye as Cleach
- James Karen as Loomis
- Len Lesser as Roach
- Suzanne Kent as Charmaine
- Joan Prather as Madelyn
- George Lindsey as semitruck driver
- Johnny Paycheck as Man with hamburger
- Charlie Rich as Hooker
- Fran Ryan as Mrs. Hinkle
- Stephan Meyers as Harry Meade, Jr.
- Bob Chandler as the race flagman
Take This Job and Shove It was the first film to feature monster trucks. Bob Chandler's Bigfoot #1 is seen throughout the movie as Ray's pick-up truck. Everett Jasmer's USA-1, credited as "Thunderin' Lightning", is the blue truck at the starting line that, in the script, broke down when the race started. Jasmer's daily delivery truck was used as the rival truck to Bigfoot, known as Silver Bullet. Neither USA-1 nor Bigfoot look like a modern monster truck, as they have only the 48-inch tires that then were the standard "Monster" tire. Bob Chandler is seen as the flagman at the beginning of the race, and his family can be seen throughout the picnic sequences.
The Dubuque Star Brewery still stands today in the same location. It has been renovated and is now a private bar and grill.
- THE NEW STAR PRODUCERS: THE NEW 'STAR' PRODUCERS THE NEW 'STAR' PRODUCERS Chase, Donald Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Mar 14, 1982; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1990) pg. K1
- 'Avco's Way to Lick the Movie Giants of Hollywood', New Straits Times, 6 Dec1981 p 8
- Moreland, Pamela (12 July 1981). "Loser at Box-Office, Often Lucrative on the Box: Pay TV, Videodiscs and In-Flight Film Deals Leading Investors to the Movies". Los Angeles Times. p. g1.
- "Take This Job and Shove It". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-25.