"I’m gonna get that gun of mine and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!"
Description: Dolly Parton as secretary Doralee Rhodes threatens her sexist boss in the corporate comedy film Nine to Five (1980).
Doralee Rhoades is a full-figured, intelligent blonde who works as a secretary for the Consolidation Corporation in Chicago. She is happily married and aspires to be a country singer. Unfortunately for Doralee and the other women in the department, namely Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin) and Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), their boss Frank Hart, Jr. (Dabney Coleman) is a pig or as they say, "a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot."
One day, Doralee learns that the people in the office believe she is sleeping with her boss when she goes to his office to take dictation, (or DICKtation in Frank's eyes). When Doralee discovers this disturbing and repulsive news, she confronts Mr. Hart in his office and gives him a piece of her mind:
"So, you've been tellin' everybody I've been sleepin' with ya, huh? Well that explains it! That's why these people treat me like some dime-store floozy. They think I'm screwin' the boss! Oooh, and you just love it, don't you? It gives you some sort of cheap thrill like knockin' over pencils and pickin' up papers! Get your scummy hands offa me! Look I've been straight with you since the first day I got here, and I've put up with all of your pinchin' and starin' and chasin' me around the desk because I need this job. But this is the last straw! Look, I've got a gun out there in my purse. Up until now I've been forgivin' and forgettin' because of the way I was brought up, but I'll tell you one thing. If you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get that gun of mine, and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot! And don't think I can't do it."
Later that day, the girls get a few drinks at a local bar and commiserate over their the lousy work day and then return to Violets house. To lift their spirits,they smoke some pot as each of them fantasize ways of ridding Mr. Frank Hart from their lives. Violet imagines putting poison in Hart's coffee, while Judy imagines she is a big game hunter, who points her gun at Hart, and says, "You're foul, Hart. A wart on the nose of humanity and I'm going to blast it off." And Doralee dreams she is a rodeo rider who takes down and hogties Mr. Hart in a five seconds flat and then roasts him alive over a spit.
As much fun as it was to imagine the Hart's demise, the three women call it a night but the next day at work, Doralee finds Mr. Hart lying apparently lifeless on his office floor and rush him to the hospital.
Mr. Hart Hart's injury was caused when he fell out of his chair and knocked himself unconscious. But it occurs to Judy and Doralee that Violet might have taken her fantasy one step to far and poisoned Mr. Hart. Rushing back to the hospital, they steal what they think is Mr. Hart's body, but it is actually a random dead body on a gurney. When they realize their mistake, they return the body to the hospital and leave it in a wheelchair in a restroom.
The next day at work, Hart's nosy personal assistant, Roz Keith (Elizabeth Wilson) overhears the girls talking about Violet's alleged attempt to poison him. Mr. Hart, now recovered and ready for action, uses this information to coerce Doralee into an affair. In a fury Doralee, ropes and ties Mr. Hart to his chair and when he gets loose, Judy shoots a pistol as he flees.
|Violet:||What could we use to keep Hart quiet?|
|Violet:||Blackmail, oh that sounds good! What could we get on him...?|
|Judy:||A sex scandal! Take a picture of him in bed with a prostitute.|
|Doralee:||No, who'd care?|
|Violet:||Yeah, Hart would just buy up all the copies and then distribute them as Christmas cards.|
Since Hart's wife is out of town, the girls kidnapp and hold him captive trying to convince him to forget any affront to his person, but Mr. Hart wants his revenge and promises to kill them if he ever gets loose.
Luckily, a plan to bring down Mr. Hart is formulated when Violet discovers that Hart is stealing company inventory and selling it on the black market. But there is a one problem. It will take a while to gather the information needed to blackmail Hart and get him fired. Consequently, the girls sequester Mr. Hart in his own home as the girls go back to work and run the office until such time they can gather the needed items to prove Hart guilty.
"Start tangling with me and you'd better be prepared to play very rough. If you think I am going to be intimidated or stopped by you three dim-witted broads you're mistaken! No woman takes me on and gets away with it! I'm gonna get loose. I'm gonna get loose even if I have to kill one of you to do it! I will not hesitate to kill a woman!" - Franklin M. Hart Jr.
Unfortunately, after a few weeks of home arrest, Hart's wife returns early from her trip and releases him from his bonds. This gives Mr. Hart enough time to put the stolen property back into the company's inventory and defuse the girl's plan to destroy him.
But the joke is on Hart, because while he was away, Doralee, Violet and Judy ran the department so efficiently that the owner of the company dropped by for a visit. Believing Hart's initiative had made his department so productive, he transfers him to Brazil where he will no longer be any trouble to the Nine to Five set.
In the end, Violet takes Hart's place as vice-president of Consolidated, Judy marries the Xerox repairman, Doralee moves back to Tennessee and becomes a country music singer, and Mr. Hart is kidnapped by natives while in Amazon and is never heard of again.