AFI Movie Club: NINE TO FIVE – American Film Institute



NINE TO FIVE appears on AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS list and Dolly Parton’s anthem “9 to 5” is on AFI’s list of greatest songs – and the film’s star Jane Fonda was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2014!


Watch Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis announce the film:

Movie Trivia about NINE TO FIVE

DID YOU KNOW that Jane Fonda was inspired by Karen Nussbaum, the founder of NINE TO FIVE – an association of women office workers – to develop a film about secretaries? Screenwriter Patricia Resnick conducted research for the film by posing as a secretary at Fox Studios’ insurance company?

DID YOU KNOW that NINE TO FIVE marked the theatrical film debut of actress and singer Dolly Parton?

DID YOU KNOW that Lily Tomlin originally turned down the role of Violet Newstead because she was coming off of a seven-month shoot for THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN, but her wife Jane Wagner convinced her to change her mind?

DID YOU KNOW that Dolly Parton’s “Nine to Five” was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Original Song?

DID YOU KNOW that NINE TO FIVE was the second biggest hit of 1980 – after STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK?

DID YOU KNOW that Dolly Parton’s sister Rachel took over the role of Doralee Rhodes when they made “NINE TO FIVE” into a TV series? The series also featured screen legend Rita Moreno!

Learn more at the AFI Catalog.


The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions 

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-What moment in NINE TO FIVE made you laugh the hardest?

-Which secretary – Violet, Judy or Doralee – do you most identify with?

-What do you think of  the theme song written by Dolly Parton? What other songs by Dolly Parton do you like?

-What are some other films starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda that are your favorites?

-Does the film still resonate today, and, if so, why?

-How would you rate NINE TO FIVE?


In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch Jane Fonda talk about how she brought NINE TO FIVE to the big screen:


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