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Switching Channels (1988)

 -  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)

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$9,129,999 (USA)
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Michael Caine originally had the lead role but was held up by production delays on Jaws: The Revenge (1987). 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

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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Very funny
16 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Updating of "The Front Page" to 1988. Star reporter Christy (Kathleen Turner) on the Satellite Network News is burnt out. She takes a vacation and meets big, hunky, rich Blaine (Christopher Reeve) and falls in love (only in movies...). She plans to leave work to marry Blaine, but her ex-husband and boss Sully (Burt Reynolds) is unwilling to let her go and tries to sabotage their plans any way he can.

Not as good as 1940s "His Girl Friday" but not as bad as the 1970s "The Front Page"--it really does work. It's quick, loud and never stops moving (especially at the end). It also helps that the entire cast is in full throttle--Turner, Reeve and Reynolds are relaxed, eager and full of energy--they really put across the movie. Turner and Reynolds especially are surprising--who knew they could do comedy? And Reeve kids his goody two-shoes image and his Superman character (he's afraid of heights in this one). Also Ned Beatty has quite a few funny moments as a slimy politician.

The updating from the newspaper world to cable TV occasionally doesn't work and there are some really contrived situations here and there but not enough to destroy the movie. Also quite dated--get a look at those HUGE cordless phones! Still I enjoyed this film a lot.

A bomb (sadly) in its day--this deserves rediscovery.


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