5.9/10
2,777
15 user 13 critic

Switching Channels (1988)

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

Director:

Writers:

(play), (play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Con man Kevin Lennihan framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Richard Pryor, Rachel Ticotin, Rubén Blades
Hooper (1978)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of a Jewish writer, from his life as a young boy in Montreal to his more complicated grown-up life.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: James Woods, Gabrielle Lazure, Alan Arkin
Stroker Ace (1983)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors
Gator (1976)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Agents force a former con man to help them nab a corrupt politician.

Director: Burt Reynolds
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton
Semi-Tough (1977)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter
The Principal (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: James Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An insecure Briton and a Briton of Jamaican descent share a London apartment together.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Robin Phillips, Judy Geeson, Ester Anderson
Bump in the Night (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ex-New York reporter fights alcoholism as she and her ex- husband search for their kidnapped son.

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Meredith Baxter, Christopher Reeve, Wings Hauser
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A wise-cracking husband and wife team of ex-Spies arrive in New Orleans on maternity leave with their baby girl. There they are hassled by muggers, the police and their FBI boss, who wants ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Fiona Shaw
The Rose and the Jackal (TV Movie 1990)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Union detective Allan Pinkerton falls in love with an aristocrat caught spying for the Confederacy.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Granville Van Dusen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Siegenthaler
...
Berger
Ken James ...
Warden Terwilliger
...
Zaks
Ted Simonett ...
Tillinger
...
Carvalho
...
Mordsini
...
The Governor
...
Jessica
...
Obregon
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio marito  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,129,999 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While watching the Ike Roscoe interview on TV, the Governor is using a Bingham exercise bike. Blaine Bingham's company makes exercise equipment. See more »

Goofs

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 know that Chicago means, "the smell of wild onions?"
John L. Sullivan IV: Did you New York just means, "New York?"
See more »

Connections

Version of His Girl Friday (1940) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
When it's hot, it sizzles
7 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's obvious from the get-go that SWITCHING CHANNELS is a HIS GIRL Friday remake for the '80s (can't escape it, it's beat-for-beat), but the magic of this movie's opening, say, 30 minutes is that the performances of the three stars draw you right in and make you forget the other movie. Kathleen Turner throws herself right into comic absurdity as a cracking- yup news anchor, and Christopher Reeve is one he'll of a vain buffoon. He does it so well. But Burt Reynolds lights up as he stomps around the newsroom, and his back-and-forth patter with Turner is genuinely funny. He even plays the good ol' boy charm to the hilt with a mischievous twinkle on his eye. It's beautiful stuff, I've never seen something like that from him.

But the movie sadly does not maintain this terrific sense of humor, even s the cast is tripping over themselves in the name of screwball mayhem. It's not bad, just that the second half never rises above amusing.

6/10


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?