Take This Job and Shove It

Take This Job and Shove It Information

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 Western 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 marks 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. Both USA-1 and Bigfoot do not look like monster trucks commonly do today, as the 48 inch tires then were the standard "Monster" tire. Bob Chandler is actually seen as the flagman at the beginning of the race, and his family can be seen throughout the picnic sequances.

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


  • Robert Hays as Frank Macklin
  • Art Carney as Charlie Pickett
  • Barbara Hershey as J.M. Halsted
  • David Keith as Harry Meade
  • Tim Thomerson as Ray Binkowski
  • Martin Mull as Dick Ebersol
  • Eddie Albert as Samuel Ellison
  • Penelope Milford as Lenore Meade
  • David Allan Coe as Mooney
  • Lacy J. Dalton as Mrs. Mooney
  • Royal Dano as Beeber
  • James Karen as Loomis
  • Suzanne Kent as Charmaine
  • George Lindsey as semitruck driver
  • Johnny Paycheck as Man with hamburger
  • Charlie Rich as Hooker
  • Fran Ryan as Mrs. Hinkle
  • Stephan Meyers as Harry Meade, Jr.

See also

  • List of American films of 1981

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