Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

The “Alison Group” has bought four beer breweries in difficulties. The young but rising top manager Frank Macklin is sent to reorganize one of them – the one which happens to be the main company in his home town. At first his old buddies are reluctant to have him as new boss, but since he can’t save all of them from the severe changes, the climate soon changes. Then he learns that he increased the profit so much, that the his bosses have decided to resell his brewery profitably to an incompetent Texas oil millionaire…

Take This Job and Shove It is a 1981 American comedy film starring Robert Hays, Barbara Hershey, Art Carney, and David Keith, and directed by Gus Trikonis. The film was named after a popular country song, “Take This Job and Shove It”, which was written by David Allan Coe and sung by Johnny Paycheck; both men had minor roles in the film.

About the Story

A corporate conglomerate called “The Ellison Group” acquired four breweries, all of them experiencing financial trouble. Enter Frank Macklin (Robert Hays), a young manager hired by Ellison to help reorganize one of the ailing breweries. The only thing, though, was that brewery was a major employer in his home town.

Originally, his old friends, who were working at the brewery, gave him a cold welcome, as they thought he would be unable to revitalize the brewery. But when Frank informed them that the brewery was drowning in red ink, and that they may be losing their jobs soon, they welcomed him with open arms, and ramped up the brewery’s sales and production. The brewery has improved so much, that The Ellison Group decided to sell it to a Texas oil millionaire, who doesn’t know the first thing about running a brewery—or apparently—running a business.

Take This Job and Shove It Movie Poster (1981)

Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Starring: Robert Hays, Art Carney, Barbara Hershey, David Keith, Tim Thomerson, Martin Mull, Eddie Albert, Penelope Milford, David Allan Coe
Screenplay by: Barry Schneider
Cinematography by: James Devis
Film Editing by: Richard Belding
Set Decoration by: David L. Glazer
Art Direction by: Jim Dultz
Music by: Billy Sherrill
Distributed by: Avco Embassy Pictures
Release Date: April 24, 1981