Switch (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  10 May 1991 (USA)
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Steve Brooks is a sexist and the prototype macho. Unfortunately one day he is killed by one of his girlfriends. In heaven, though, there is no place for men like him and he is sent back to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Stone
Margo Brofman
Sheila Faxton
Arnold Freidkin
Steve Brooks
The Devil (as Bruce Martyn Payne)
Steve's Secretary
Dan Jones
Attorney Caldwell
Lt. Laster
Sgt. Phillips


Steve Brooks is a sexist and the prototype macho. Unfortunately one day he is killed by one of his girlfriends. In heaven, though, there is no place for men like him and he is sent back to earth in the body of a woman so that he can see how women are treated by men like the one he once was. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Steve and Walter used to have a preference for blondes. Then Steve was murdered... and came back as one. Will being a woman make him a better man?


Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' Switch  »

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Box Office


$15,545,943 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A seduction scene between Ellen Barkin and Lorraine Bracco was excised after poor reactions in test screenings. See more »


At the beginning of the movie Steve takes three roses from the lobby of his apartment building. The roses were open when he picked them out, but were closed buds when he handed them out to the women. See more »


Amanda Brooks: What is that smell?
The Devil: Brimstone. You'll get used to it after a few hundred years.
Amanda Brooks: Who in hell are you?
The Devil: Who in hell do you think I am?
Amanda Brooks: You look like the Devil.
The Devil: Well, you don't look good yourself. Ha! Just a little Netherworld humor there.
Amanda Brooks: Hilarious. What do you want?
The Devil: You. Your time's up.
Amanda Brooks: Say's who?
The Devil: Have you found one female who liked Steve Brooks?
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Remade as Dobol dribol (1992) See more »


You Can't Resist It
Written and Performed by Lyle Lovett
Produced by Don Was
Published by Michael H. Goldsen Inc./Lyle Lovett (ASCAP)
Lyle Lovett appears courtesy of Curb/MCA Records
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Barkin turns on Switch
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Barkin vehicles. In fact, without her wonderful comic turns this one would sink under its constrained plot. Besides Barkin, Jimmie Smits and Lorraine Bracco (of Sopranos fame) give good supporting performances. The idea and story Blake Edwards uses is a variation on Victor/Victoria, which was good enough to be recast as a musical, but here his usually daring ideas don't quite make the grade. Nonetheless, this is one of those comedies that calls for repeated viewing, because once you've laughed at some of Barkin's comedic scenes, a second viewing will have you laughing even before the scene unfolds. Roger Ebert commented that a deeper exploration on some of the themes would have made it a timeless comedy, and I'd agree with that.But if you just want to laugh till your sides ache, I'd recommend this one for your funny bone.

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