Take This Job and Shove It (film)

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Take This Job and Shove It
Directed byGus Trikonis
Screenplay byBarry Schneider
Story byJeffrey Bernini
Barry Schneider
Produced byPaul Baratta (associate producer)
Greg Blackwell (producer)
William J. Immerman (executive producer)
Al Kasha (associate producer)
J. David Marks (executive producer)
StarringRobert Hays
Art Carney
Barbara Hershey
David Keith
Tim Thomerson
Martin Mull
Eddie Albert
Penelope Milford
David Allan Coe
CinematographyJames Devis
Edited byRichard Belding
Music byBilly Sherrill
Cinema Group Ventures
Distributed byAvco Embassy Pictures
Release date
  • May 15, 1981 (1981-05-15)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.8 million[1][2]
Box office$17,569,030 (US) or $12 million[3]

Take This Job and Shove It is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Gus Trikonis and starring Robert Hays, Barbara Hershey, Art Carney, and David Keith.

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.


A corporate conglomerate called "The Ellison Group" acquires 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, a major employer in his home town. Initially his old friends, who work at the brewery, give him a cold welcome as they think he'll be unable to revitalize the brewery. But when Frank informs them that the brewery is drowning in red ink, and that they may be losing their jobs soon, they welcome him with open arms, and ramp up the brewery's sales and production. The brewery improves so much that the Ellison Group decides to sell it to a Texas oil millionaire, who doesn't know the first thing about running a brewery or — apparently — running a business.



Most of the film was shot in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Dubuque Star Brewery; some minor scenes were shot in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Dubuque Star Brewery still stands today in the same location. It has been renovated and is now a private bar and grill.


Take This Job and Shove It was the first film to feature monster trucks. Bob Chandler's Bigfoot #1 is seen throughout the movie as Ray's pick-up truck. Everett Jasmer's USA-1, credited as "Thunderin' Lightning", is the blue truck at the starting line that (in the script) breaks down when the race starts. Jasmer's daily delivery truck was used as the rival truck to Bigfoot, known as Silver Bullet. Both trucks are shown with 48-inch tires that were the then-standard monster truck tire (as opposed to the 66-inch tires that became standard later). Bob Chandler is seen as the flagman at the beginning of the race, and his family can be seen throughout the picnic sequences.


The film was released by Avco Embassy in the United States on May 15, 1981, and became somewhat of a sleeper hit. The film's final box office total was $17,569,027.[4] Rentals were $7.3 million.[5]

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  1. ^ Chase, Donald (Mar 14, 1982). "THE NEW STAR PRODUCERS". Los Angeles Times. p. K1 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ 'Avco's Way to Lick the Movie Giants of Hollywood', New Straits Times, 6 Dec1981 p 8
  3. ^ Moreland, Pamela (12 July 1981). "Loser at Box-Office, Often Lucrative on the Box: Pay TV, Videodiscs and In-Flight Film Deals Leading Investors to the Movies". Los Angeles Times. p. g1.
  4. ^ "Take This Job and Shove It". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  5. ^ Donahue, Suzanne Mary (1987). American film distribution : the changing marketplace. UMI Research Press. p. 292. Please note figures are for rentals in US and Canada

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