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Released by 20th Century Fox on Dec. 19, 1980, 9 To 5 marked one of the first attempts in mainstream film to draw attention to inequalities women faced in the corporate workplace.
The first project for Jane Fonda’s IPC Films, she and producers interviewed secretaries to base the film upon their stories. It marked just Lily Tomlin’s third film and Dolly’s first film. Also, although it was Dabney Coleman’s 17th movie, it was his first major leading male role. It was just the second directorial outing for Colin Higgins, who co-wrote the screenplay with Patricia Resnick. Higgins would direct one more film, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, which also starred Dolly, and produce a made-for-television movie with Shirley MacLaine before succumbing to AIDS in 1988.
The film was a major success, grossing more than $103 million at the U.S. box office (about $240 million adjusted for inflation to 2006 ticket prices). It was the second-highest-grossing film released in 1980, surpassed only by Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Honors were many. Higgins and Resnick received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, Comedy, at the 33rd Writers Guild Awards. Dolly received nominations at the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, Best New Film Star and Best Song for “9 To 5.” At the Oscars, Dolly received her first-ever Academy Award nomination for the title song. The Grammies saw her receive nominations for overall Song of the Year and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special, and the tune won her two Grammy Awards: Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. It won Favorite Movie Song at the People’s Choice Awards. The song went on to become Dolly’s second million-seller and her first pop No. 1.
A musical stage adaptation of the film, with a score composed by Dolly and book penned by Resnick, is slated to premiere on Broadway in autumn 2007.
The DVD Special Features
Audio commentary by Dolly, Fonda, Tomlin and producer Bruce Gilbert.
“Nine @ 25” featurette on the film’s history and impact with new interviews with Dolly, Fonda, Tomlin, Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson ("Roz"), Gilbert and Resnick.
“Remembering Colin Higgins” featurette featuring the cast’s memories of the late director.
Gag reel of 17 outtakes.
Ten deleted scenes.
“Singing Nine To Five” karaoke.
Original theatrical trailer.
English DTS and 5.1 Dolby Surround, French and Spanish Dolby Surround.
A gallery of terrific pics from inside the party courtesy readers The Lane Twins here.