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Switching Channels (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  4 March 1988 (USA)
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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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Cambio marito  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,129,999 (USA)
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The movie was a modern updating of The Front Page (1931) and His Girl Friday (1940) to a television setting just as Up Close & Personal (1996) would later also be a form of modern updating to the television world of "A Star is Born". See more »

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Several times during the movie, the name of the network that Christina and Sully work for is mentioned. Sometimes it's Satellite Network News, other times it's Satellite News Network. See more »

Quotes

Christy Colleran: [after John tells her not to use profanity in the news broadcasts] When have I EVER used foul language, you rotten son-of-a-BITCH?
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Version of The Front Page (1974) 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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