Freaky Friday (1976)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  21 January 1977 (USA)
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A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday.



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Schoolgirl Annabel is hassled by her mother, and Mrs. Andrews is annoyed with her daughter, Annabel. They each think that the other has an easy life. On a normal Friday morning, each complain about the other and wish she could have the easy life of her daughter/mother for just one day and their wishes come true as a bit of magic puts Annabel in Mrs. Andrews' body and vice versa. They each have a Freaky Friday. Written by David A Sparling <>

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Annabel and her Mother are not quite themselves today- in fact, they're each other! [UK] See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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21 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Ein ganz verrückter Freitag  »

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Did You Know?


Actress Jodie Foster was offered the Princess Leia role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) around the time that this movie was in development when George Lucas had wanted to make the character young and Foster had actually got the part when it was realized that Foster was still under contract to Disney. There may have been a way for Foster to get out of the contract but her mother decided to honor the contract and as such Foster contractually completed Freaky Friday (1976) for Disney in 1976. See more »


After the close-ups of the car chase in the drainage culvert, not only does the prop ramp disappear, but the long shot reveals an utterly different bridge in the background. See more »


Mrs. Andrews: [as Annabel, thinking] No wonder Annabel's always walking around barefoot, these sneakers feel like they're full of marbles.
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At 8:15 am. one Friday the 13th.......................................................
29 June 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Freaky Friday brings us to the home of John Astin and Barbara Harris with their children Jodie Foster and Sparky Marcus. Harris and Foster are constantly fighting, Foster is going through teen angst saying Mom doesn't understand her, Harris's life is not being made easy by having her first child going through the teen years.

But on a fateful day where legend has it strange things do occur, one morning as the family is starting their day, the souls of Harris and Foster exchange bodies. After a lot of yelling and screaming the two decide to live each other's day as their new outward appearance dictates.

The responsibilities of adulthood thrown on Foster's shoulders just overwhelm her. As for Harris it's not easy being a teen. It all adds up to some pretty funny moments. Best being Foster/Harris making a botch of a field hockey match and Harris/Foster on water skis.

I've always liked the way the Disney Studio always gave a lot of old time players the character roles that they used to get in the old days. In particular here is Patsy Kelly in one of her last appearances as a maid who liked a cocktail every now and then.

Freaky Friday proved to be one of the Magic Kingdom's most popular products. The recent remake with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis was as fresh as the original, though that one offered some kind of explanation for the strange occurrence.

This version just let the magic speak for itself.

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