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In the 1970s, Jane Fonda tried shopping around a movie about women in the workplace, but no studio wanted it. Blacklisted for her political views, Fonda couldn't get the gatekeepers interested in a woman-led labour story until it became a satirical comedy with two more Hollywood legends attached. Forty years after 9 to 5 became the highest-grossing comedy of 1980, Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman reunite to share what it took to get the cult classic made. Rooted in the activism of the 9to5, National Association of Working Women, the film was such a risky undertaking that Tomlin tried to quit after the first day of shooting and Parton took heat for working with Jane. Equal Rights Amendment champion Zoe Nicholson, Allison Janney from the 9 to 5 Broadway adaptation, and the TV version's Rita Moreno discuss how the story speaks to watershed feminist events like #MeToo and the Weinstein scandal, reminding audiences that working women still have so much to do. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Camille Hardman
    • Gary Lane
  • Producer(s)

    • Camille Hardman
    • Gary Lane
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Larry Lane
    • Steve Summers
    • Regina K. Scully
    • Shane McAnally
    • Geralyn Dreyfous
    • Gary Lane
  • Writer(s)

    • Camille Hardman
  • Editor(s)

    • Oreet Rees
    • Elisa Bonora
  • Cinematography

    • Brian Tweedt
  • Composer

    • Jessica Weiss
  • Sound

    • Yahel Dooley
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