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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:

Annabel isn't herself today - neither is her mother this morning. They became each other! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut of actress Charlene Tilton who played Bambi. See more »

Goofs

In the diner where Virginia and Annabel are eating breakfast, Annabel says, "I can't eat what I want, wear what I want ..." and tosses a spoonful of ice cream at a large mirror behind the counter. You can see in the mirror that Annabel's lips aren't moving while this line is being said. See more »

Quotes

Annabel (as Mrs. Andrews)Mrs. Andrews (as Annabel): I wish I had my own body back!
[Annabel and Mrs. Andrews bodies magically switch back with their own spirit in their correct bodies. Mrs. Andrews is now on water skis while Annabel is reckless driving in a car]
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Daniel Craig/Muse (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thunderer
(uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Barbara Harris is da bomb
20 February 2006 | by topcat-1See all my reviews

While the remake with Curtis and Lohan was good and Hollywood smooth with better production values (so what), the main difference is in the lead actors. I mean you know Jodie Foster can act circles around Lindsay Lohan (who couldn't) but the main difference is in the moms. Jaime Lee Curtis is a savvy pro who has her own take on the role but it's pretty flat in comparison. Barbara Harris I didn't remember from her small roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Peggy Sue Got Married but now that my memory has been jogged, she did a fine job. This movie, though, is her tour-de-force. What a fantastic performance. She is flawless and incredibly funny in this role. As fine a comedic turn as anyone has ever done; the nuances of voice, the facial expressions, the slapstick - all spot on.

Jodie Foster is no slouch either. Her teenage roles have showed maturity beyond her years and a thorough understanding of her roles. She shines in this one. The supporting cast is well chosen and they're all good too.

I can see why they remade it, though. Todays kids don't usually get into old movies so with a box office cinch like Lohan, why not? I like a lot of the 60's and 70's movies since that is my generation and subsequently have trouble enjoying the 30's and 40's movies. But a good movie is a good movie no matter when it was made.


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