The 1980 comedy hit 9 To 5 came at a crucial turning point for women in the workplace. Star/Producer Jane Fonda explains in the new documentary of its creation and the movement that spawned it, that she and producing partner Bruce Gilbert wanted to do a serious film on the struggle women had endured for decades but instead decided that to get anyone to pay attention the only way to do it was with laughs. Thus a smash hit comedy was born, initially with a screenplay by Patricia Resnick that as she explained was met with creative differences, and then later saw its problems solved when ironically a man, the late Colin Higgins (Harold And Maude) came in to write and direct the final film.
SXSW Review: ‘Still Working 9 To 5’: Documentary On 1980 Comedy Hit Shows How Far We Have Come And How Far We Have To Go
Mar 25, 2022 | Press Room