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Switching Channels (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 March 1988 (USA)
A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.

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Storyline

Sully is the producer of a cable news network program. Christy is his ex-wife and best reporter. Her desire to quit the news business and marry Blaine, a sporting goods manufacturer comes as an innocent man is about to be executed. Sully's attempts to keep her in town and break up her upcoming marriage happen against the backdrop of a botched execution, a prison break and a possible pardon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Tonight's News. Romance. Scandal. Intrigue. And that's just behind the camera!

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Comedy | Crime

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4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,129,999 (USA)
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Kathleen Turner received top first billing whilst Burt Reynolds received second billing for this picture. Christopher Reeve received third billing. Except for City Heat (1984), this was the first picture for Reynolds, who after being a number No. 1 box-office star during the 1970s and 1980s, didn't receive top first billing. See more »

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When Christy is chasing Ike, she loses her shoes, and leaves them behind. However, after catching and directing Ike to the news building, Christy is seen entering the building putting her shoes back on, though she never returned to retrieve them. See more »

Quotes

Blaine Bingham: Did you really sign a reporter's contract "Peter Rabbit?"
John L. Sullivan IV: Yes.
Blaine Bingham: What did the reporter do?
John L. Sullivan IV: Christy? She laughed her ass off.
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References The Cosby Show (1984) See more »

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Umpteenth version of the Front Page
13 December 1998 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

This umpteenth version of the Front Page story made the quite appropriate adaptation from newspaper journalism to television.

Although the character names have been changed we have no problems identifying the main characters of the Front Page. As in His Girl Friday, Hildy is played by a woman and Kathleen Turner was the ideal choice for this role at the time. Burt Reynolds takes on the Walter Burns character, but he neither has the charm of Cary Grant [His Girl Friday] nor the comic timing of Walter Matthau [Front Page, The (1974)] - but then, who has? The only serious miscasting is Christopher Reeve who just can't match the whimpish Ralph Bellamy.

All in all it's not as good as the previous (excellent) versions, but it is still quite enjoyable. A story with that many remakes normally has a stinker amongst the lot, but this one has not (so far).


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