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Freaky Friday (1976)

A mother and daughter find their personalities switched and have to live each other's lives on one strange Friday.

Director:

Gary Nelson

Writers:

Mary Rodgers (screenplay), Mary Rodgers (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Harris ... Mrs. Andrews
Jodie Foster ... Annabel
John Astin ... Mr. Andrews
Patsy Kelly ... Mrs. Schmauss
Dick Van Patten ... Harold Jennings
Vicki Schreck Vicki Schreck ... Virginia
Sorrell Booke ... Mr. Dilk
Alan Oppenheimer ... Mr. Joffert
Ruth Buzzi ... Opposing Coach
Kaye Ballard ... Coach Betsy
Marc McClure ... Boris Harris
Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Murphy
Sparky Marcus Sparky Marcus ... Ben Andrews
Ceil Cabot Ceil Cabot ... Miss McGuirk
Brooke Mills Brooke Mills ... Mrs. Gibbons
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Storyline

Schoolgirl Annabel is hassled by her mother, and Mrs. Andrews is annoyed with her daughter, Annabel. They each think that the other has an easy life. On a normal Friday morning, each complain about the other and wish she could have the easy life of her daughter/mother for just one day and their wishes come true as a bit of magic puts Annabel in Mrs. Andrews' body and vice versa. They each have a Freaky Friday. Written by David A Sparling <d.a.sparling@bradford.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

Barbara Harris as Mother-or is it Annabel ? Jodie Foster as Annabel-or is it Mother ? [UK] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ganz verrückter Freitag See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,942,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Neither of the film's two lead actresses, Jodie Foster nor Barbara Harris, performed any actual water-skiing in the movie. All this was done in the studio in front of blue screens. Foster on the DVD states that she trained on water-skis for three days ending up not actually doing any real water-skiing in the movie. Professional water-skiers were used as doubles for the long shots. See more »

Goofs

After the close-ups of the car chase in the drainage culvert, not only does the prop ramp disappear, but the long shot reveals an utterly different bridge in the background. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Andrews: Honestly, Bill, that child hasn't got a clue about my life, not a single clue.
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Connections

Referenced in Superstore: Sal's Dead (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd like to be you for a day
Words and Music Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Performed by Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster (uncredited)
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Back when we were grown-ups.
18 June 2005 | by Banshee57See all my reviews

It is no secret, that, back when we were grown ups, Disney made films that were as delightful as the next Sidney Lumet film. "Freaky Friday" is one of those many films. When young Annabelle Andrews, and her mother Ellen Andrews switch bodies on Friday the 13th, one heck of a journey is on the rise! This great tale of learning and growing up has been mocked, or copied twice, in vain. There are many reasons why this film should have only been seen the way the company originally produced it. First off, the message is quite easy to figure, and keeping it simple, but meaningful was the great way to spread it. The age-old story of two people walking a mile in each others shoes. A funny mother-daughter story that never gets old, this one has just as much a tender side as it does a comic side.

About the film, the script is fresh and original, producing interesting narration by a game Foster. What makes this one almost a word for word act of the novel is because the author of the novel also wrote the screenplay. Some times, when the author also helps with the script, the outcome is less than amusing, but in this case, it was the best thing they could do. Mary Rodgers delivers the goods with this one, and the rich element of comedy is never wasted. The situations are almost too much. The incidents are made in ways to which an adult can laugh as much as a child can. In fact, most of the funny moments reflect more adult humor, such as Mrs. Schmauss and the liquor. Other moments such as typewriters going crazy, and one of the most hysterical ski sequences ever seem to be too much for children in todays times. Ergo, they remade this film twice. Once in '95 that was slow and dull, despite a good director and good cameos. And recently in '03 with a forced script. The two latter versions were made with more simple jokes to appeal more for kids.

Such subject matter was also toned down. The situation with Annabelle and Ben. Why does Annabelle hate him so much? Because there is nothing more annoying than a perfect kid with no messy qualities. Later, same question, but answer goes as "his sister doesn't "hate" him. he bugs her". What is wrong with the normal sibling rivalry using the word 'hate'? The film also shows how much better times were back then. As thirteen year-old teens were taught to be a whiz on the typewriter, and speak very well of American history. Those times are just not here anymore, not much anyhow. IN any case, this film is a great joy of a film. Modern film-making at it's best, and of course, Disney made films good back then. Not like the senseless contrived mush we see today.


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