9 to 5

Release Date: December 19th, 1980

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2001

PG |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Office satire about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. The trio, one of whom has been passed over for promotion because she is a woman, spend a night together having drug-induced fantasies of killing the slave-driving chauvinist. One of them panics the following day when she suspects she really has poisoned the tyrant.

Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Wilson, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman

Director: Colin Higgins

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, IPC Films

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Mystery, Hospital, Bar, 1980s, Office, Playful, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Nine to Five is a film full or surprises - some pleasant, other disappointing. The most pleasant surprise is the appearance of Dolly Parton, who with this one film establishes herself as a thoroughly engaging movie star. The biggest disappointment is that this Jane Fonda comedy about a trio of secretaries out to get their boss doesn't have more bite. [19 Dec 1980, p.2-1]

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The gamble of casting Misses Tomlin and Fonda in what would seem to be the wrong roles (Violet is the strong, efficient, hard-edged secretary; Judy the frilly, "feminine," inexperienced employee) pays off handsomely, especially with Miss Tomlin. When she is handed a memo by a senior secretary and smilingly snarls, "Thanks, Roz, I know just where to stick it," her line reading is worth the price of admission. The pneumatic Miss Parton sings the theme song with greater confidence than she brings to her acting: she is a sweet little thing, but she's no thespian. [20 Dec 1980]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Nine to Five is a good-hearted, simple-minded comedy that will win a place in film history, I suspect, primarily because it contains the movie debut of Dolly Parton. She is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it's hard to believe it's her first film. show more

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Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy