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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken James ...
Warden Terwilliger
Ted Simonett ...
Joe Silver ...
The Governor


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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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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Did You Know?


Charles Kimbrough, playing The Governor in this movie, ended up playing a reporter regularly on Murphy Brown (1988). See more »


When Christie is in Sully's office trying to quit, Sully has his shirt tucked in, when he sits down, his shirt is hanging out with no wrinkles. After he stands up again, he tucks his shirt in. See more »


Christy Colleran: Blaine knows everything about food.
John L. Sullivan IV: Now that's important. to know EVERYTHING about food.
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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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