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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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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 <>

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


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio marito  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$9,129,999 (USA)

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The main actors in the film share a connection to the DC Comics character Superman in both film and television. Christopher Reeve played the character in "Superman" (1978), while George Newbern played him in "Justice League" (2001), the animated series (Reeve was also influenced by Cary Grant for his role, in which "Switching Channels' is a remake of "His Girl Friday"). Burt Reynolds was considered for the title role of "Superman" (1978), while Ned Beatty co-starred with Reeve in that film as Otto, Lex Luthor's henchman. Interestingly, Kathleen Turner was one of many actresses considered for the role of Vicki Vale in "Batman" (1989), a movie based on another Dc Comics character, which was made possible for production thanks to the success of "Superman" (1978). See more »


The people working for the cable news network out of Chicago are trying to urge the governor to pardon "Ike", even to go as far as on a newscast to urge Springfield to listen. At one point we see the governor tell his aids he will grant the pardon and wants time on the 11 o'clock news. In Chicago, and all of Illinois for that matter, being in the central time zone the governor would have asked for time on the 10 o'clock news. See more »


Roy Ridnitz: [standing, thinking about his next move in repsonse to Ike Roscoe's possible pardon] We're gonna kill him anyways.
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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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