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Take This Job and Shove It (1981)
Inspired by Johnny Paycheck’s song,
this is the story of a corporate conglomerate taking over four ailing
breweries in the Mid-West . Rising star executive Frank Macklin (Robert Hays) is
sent in to reorganize. It just happens to be his home town where his
boyhood mates are employed at the brewery. In he comes with all his
corporate ideas but soon finds himself in a dilemma which leads to him
changing sides, having got the brewplant to busting point to ramp up
production. The parent company’s supposed commitment is unmasked when
the chace comes up to sell it on to a Texan oil millionaire who doesn’t
know the first thing about brewing. The town did
have another finer craft brewery with a great beer range but now
standing empty and Frank , brewery staff and townsfolk look into reviving
that once great name. You get to think there’ll be a “Brassed Off”
or “Full Monty” moment as folk gather together and offer their life
savings, but this ain’t a British movie, so no saccharin, just glorious
vengeful destruction is the outcome!
parts of blue collar Middle America are known as fly-over states and could
be a million miles from Eastern or Western seaboard sophistication. The
brewery is genuinely Picketts Star Brewery in Dubuque, Iowa, and the 5
storey brick tower brewhouse sort of survives, as did the brand name until
recently from other sources in Iowa having truly gone through a number of
closures and optimistic re-openings.
Paycheck actually appears as the man with hamburgers, along with Art Carney, Robert Hays, Barbara Hershey, Tim Thomerson, David Keith and half the population of Dubuque as extras.
delicious and often earthy dvd is available on-line from the US: try
Amazon.com Marketplace or Turner Classic Movies shop, and remember that
you’ll need a multi-region player.