Take This Job and Shove It (film)

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Take This Job and Shove It
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Directed by Gus Trikonis
Produced by Paul Baratta (associate producer)
Greg Blackwell (producer)
William J. Immerman (executive producer)
Al Kasha (associate producer)
J. David Marks (executive producer)
Written by Barry Schneider
Story by Jeffrey Bernini
Barry Schneider
Starring Robert Hays
Art Carney
Barbara Hershey
David Keith
Tim Thomerson
Martin Mull
Eddie Albert
Penelope Milford
David Allan Coe
Music by Billy Sherrill
Cinematography James Devis
Edited by Richard Belding
Distributed by Avco Embassy Pictures (original distributor)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (current distributor)
Release dates
  • April 24, 1981 (1981-04-24)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.8 million[1][2]
Box office $17,569,030 (USA)

Take This Job and Shove It is a 1981 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.


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.


Most of the movie was shot in Dubuque, Iowa and the Dubuque Star Brewery, also some minor scenes were shot in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This movie 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, broke down when the race started. Jasmer's daily delivery truck was used as the rival truck to Bigfoot, known as Silver Bullet. Neither USA-1 nor Bigfoot look like a modern monster truck, as they have only the 48-inch tires that then were the standard "Monster" tire. Bob Chandler is seen as the flagman at the beginning of the race, and his family can be seen throughout the picnic sequences.

The Dubuque Star Brewery still stands today in the same location. It has been renovated and is now a private bar and grill.



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.[3]

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  1. ^ THE NEW STAR PRODUCERS: THE NEW 'STAR' PRODUCERS THE NEW 'STAR' PRODUCERS Chase, Donald Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Mar 14, 1982; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1990) pg. K1
  2. ^ 'Avco's Way to Lick the Movie Giants of Hollywood', New Straits Times, 6 Dec1981 p 8
  3. ^ "Take This Job and Shove It". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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