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Vice Versa -- Marshall Seymour, an Executive Vice President for one of Chicago's most prestigious department stores, is a divorced, stressed-out workaholic with little time for his 11-year-old son, Charlie. But when the two find themselves under the influence of an ill-gotten mystical skull, they become much closer . . . mostly due to the fact that their minds have switched bodies.


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Release Date:
11 March 1988 (USA) See more »
The Comedy For The Kid In All Of Us. See more »
During an argument, a divorced executive and his 11 year old son casually touch a magical Tibetan skull, releasing a mysterious power that transfers the father's mind to the body of the son and vice versa. Their problems have just begun. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judge Reinhold ... Marshall

Fred Savage ... Charlie

Corinne Bohrer ... Sam

Swoosie Kurtz ... Tina

Jane Kaczmarek ... Robyn

David Proval ... Turk

William Prince ... Avery

Gloria Gifford ... Marcie
Beverly Archer ... Mrs. Luttrell

Harry S. Murphy ... Larry (as Harry Murphy)

Kevin O'Rourke ... Brad

Richard Kind ... Floyd
Charles Lucia ... Cliff (as Chip Lucia)

Ajay Naidu ... Dale
Raymond Rosario ... Dooley

Elya Baskin ... Kerschner

James Hong ... Kwo

Jane Lynch ... Ms. Lindstrom
Anuwat Tiernate ... Tomb Robber
Surasri Klangsuwan ... Tomb Robber
Penjit Prembudd ... Interpreter
Ram Waratum ... Government Spokesman
Sulaleewan Suwanatat ... Old Lady
Tuantone Kammesri ... Man in Warehouse
Danielle Kohl ... Lori
Jason Late ... Erlc
Tom Crawford ... Judd
Christian Fitzpatrick ... Clipper
Joe Guastaferro ... Mr. Ferriera
Martyn St. David ... Rich Customer
Peggy Roeder ... Principal's Secretary
Paul Greatbatch ... Teacher
Robert Bundy ... Music Salesman

Jeff Kahn ... Music Kid

P.J. Brown ... Hockey Coach
Robert Petkoff ... Sporting Goods Salesman

Alan Shearman ... Security Salesman
Michelle Philpot ... Cosmetic Salesgirl
Harry Yorku ... Guru

Mike Bacarella ... Limo Driver
Bettina Wendt ... Babysitter
Bernie Landis ... Santa Claus
Ralph Foody ... Doorman
Steve Sheridan ... Waiter (as Steve Assad)

Danny Goldring ... Motorcycle Cop

Rick Hall ... Shotgun Cop
Garrett Hohimer ... Kid Playing Football

Steve Cohen ... Burly Kid
Dayna O'Brien ... Receptionist
Albert Fields ... Band Singer
John T. Stibich ... Police Commander
Stella Vaicik ... Cafeteria Worker
Garrick Paul Axelrod ... Window Dresser
Darlene Anderson ... Salesperson
Linda Jaffe ... Salesperson
Cindy Legler ... Salesperson
Kathleen B. Scott ... Salesperson
Mark Behn ... Malice
Cliff Carothers ... Malice
Michael Landauer ... Malice
James Neal ... Malice
Jay Reynolds ... Malice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angela Friis ... Concert Patron (uncredited)

Doug McDade ... Desk Officer (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Rosemary Pacheco ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Gilbert 
Writing credits
F. Anstey (novel)

Dick Clement (written by) &
Ian La Frenais (written by)

Produced by
Dick Clement .... producer
Ian La Frenais .... producer
Alan Ladd Jr. .... executive producer
Dean O'Brien .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
King Baggot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Garfield 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
James L. Schoppe  (as Jim Schoppe)
Art Direction by
Eva Anna Andry  (as Eva Anna Bohn)
Set Decoration by
Karen O'Hara 
Costume Design by
Jay Hurley 
Makeup Department
Kimberly Phillips .... makeup artist
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Dean O'Brien .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ballew .... first assistant director
Steve Danton .... second assistant director
Max Kleven .... second unit director
Art Department
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction foreman
D. Kelly Cummins .... property master
Gerald Gates Jr. .... paint foreman
James Gierman .... buyer
Robert E. Knight .... paint foreman
Thomas W. Lay Jr. .... illustrator
Karen O'Hara .... set designer
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator
Ray Rarick .... construction foreman (as Raymond S. Rarick)
Edward J. Rinkevicius .... swing gang
Robert H. Sexton .... labor foreman
Kenneth Turek .... lead man
Amie McCarthy Winn .... assistant props (as Amie McCarthy)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Dino Dimuro .... sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Friedman .... adr editor (as Dick Friedman)
Mark Gordon .... sound editor (as Mark S. Gordon)
Dale R. Janus .... boom operator
William L. Manger .... supervising sound editor
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ramirez .... sound editor
Scott D. Smith .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Dennis Dion .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects: Boss Film
George Muhs .... visual effects
Randall Rudd .... visual effects director
Louie Schwartzberg .... visual effects supervisor (as Louis Schwartzberg)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts (as Charlie Croughwell)
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
Linda J. Gamboney .... stunts (as Linda Gamboney)
Kanin Howell .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Daniel K. Moore .... stunts (as Daniel Moore)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip
William Birch .... director of photography: UK (as Bill Birch)
Kelly R. Borisy .... grip
Frank Byrne .... additional second assistant camera
Donald Carlson .... first assistant camera (as Don Carlson)
Robert C. Carlson .... second assistant camera (as Robert Carlson)
Brian Clare .... gaffer: Chicago
Jim Coe .... still photographer (as James Coe)
George Holmes .... chief lighting technician: New York (as George E. Holmes)
Jim Kwiatkowski .... best boy (as James R. Kwiatkowski)
Frank Miller .... camera operator
John S. Robertson .... dolly grip
Robert P. Sanchez .... first assistant camera: second camera (as Robert Sanchez)
Joe Tomko Jr. .... best boy (as Joseph C. Tomko Jr.)
William Allen Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna B. Anderson .... casting assistant
Sue Knutsen .... extras casting: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Antonetti .... costume supervisor
Olga K. Cassells .... seamstress
Jennifer Jobst .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Cari Coughlin .... additional editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Leon Moses .... assistant editor
Ed O'Malley .... assistant editor (as Edward M. O'Malley)
Pam Sharp .... assistant editor
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Location Management
Pat Lydon .... location manager (as Patricia D. Lydon)
Eileen McCahill .... location assistant
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
George Doering .... musician
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Transportation Department
Calvin Chin .... transportation captain
Robert A. Hogan .... transportation captain
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kate Amer .... production secretary
Lorna J. Bessemer .... production associate: second unit
Sian Clement .... production associate: second unit
Al Ebner .... publicist
Jan Garner .... production accountant
Bill Haviland .... production associate: second unit
Michael Hendrickson .... assistant auditor (as T. Michael Hendrickson)
Mark Herzog .... production associate: second unit
Mary K. Jones .... production associate: second unit
Harriet Kehl .... script supervisor (as Harriet E. Kehl)
Ross L. Kulma .... first aid
Nina Leone .... stand-in
Jeanine Rohn .... production associate: second unit
Gary Ryder .... extras coordinator
Angela F. Silverstein .... assistant to producers
Jacqueline Verdeven .... extras coordinator: second unit (as Jackie Verdeven)
Susan Knox Wilson .... production coordinator
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Omar McClinton .... production assistant (uncredited)

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #28998) | West Germany:6
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Did You Know?

Production began on 2nd March 1987 and 95% of the film was shot in the Windy City [Chicago, Illinois]. Director Brian Gilbert literally blanketed the metropolis with his cameras. For example, the department store in the story, Vigar and Avery, was actually a combination of four different stores. The exterior was filmed outside of Marshall Fields on State Street. The downstairs level was shot inside of Marshall Field's Water Tower store, the executive offices were filmed in the former corporate headquarters of Montgomery Ward, and the other levels of the department store were the Park Lane Shopping center in suburban Oak Park.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Marshall is in his taxi, going to his building, you can see the boom mic reflected on the window of the taxi when he opens the car door.See more »
Hockey Coach:[to his ice-hockey team] Can someone tell me what's going on here? Am I in the wrong place, or are these the auditions for the Ice Capades? In the locker room, in the classroom, you guys may be buddies. Out here, all I want to see is hate!
Charlie:[to one of this teammates, about that coach] The city pays this man to shape young minds?
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Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »
Crazy in the NightSee more »


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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The best of the bunch, 6 March 2003
Author: drosse67 from Virginia

This movie is not the one people think of when talking about those "body switching" comedies that came out between '87 and '89. Big always gets the attention, but for my money Vice Versa is funnier, smarter and more memorable. Judge Reinhold didn't get the Oscar nomination that Tom Hanks scored, and more or less dropped off the face of the earth after making this movie (except, of course, for "Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will"). He was in several '80s blockbusters and stole many scenes in them (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Beverly Hills Cop and its sequel, Ruthless People....) But this movie is his shining hour, where he is believable and funny as both the uptight adult and the 11-year old kid. Fred Savage is equally good--very convincing when he becomes his dad. The movie builds up its jokes nicely, and has a Capra-esque quality to it. It also makes terrific use of character actors Swoosie Kurtz and David Proval, who is light years away from his Sopranos character. The fact that this movie is lumped in with lesser films like 18 Again and Like Father Like Son baffles me. This one is definitely in the league with Big.

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