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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)
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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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:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freaky Friday See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,942,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,942,000
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Company Credits

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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

The nick-name that Annabel Andrews (Jodie Foster) had for her brother Ben Andrews (Sparky Marcus) was "Ape Face". See more »

Goofs

Obvious smiling stunt double for Ellen during the water skiing scene. See more »

Quotes

Annabel (as Mrs. Andrews): [on phone] Boris, this is Mrs. Andrews across the street. Could I borrow a cup of...
Annabel: [thinks] Sugar's too corny.
Annabel (as Mrs. Andrews): [sees Max chewing on cereal box] Kibble? Kibble. K-I-B-B-L-E, that's right, the stuff dogs eat.
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Connections

Referenced in Glee: Props (2012) 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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User Reviews

 
I liked it
20 May 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It wasn't 100% perfect, but it did entertain me. I will say I also enjoyed the 2003 remake as it was fresh and funny. That said, this is definitely worth seeing. It does start off very briskly, but it loses its way just towards the end, and one or two of the gags were lacking. That said, the script does have its humorous and touching parts, the film is nice to watch visually with nice cinematography, scenery and costumes, the music was nice and upbeat and the premise intrigued me. The direction was also assured, but what made the film was the two sterling lead performances of Barbara Harris and especially Jodie Foster as the mother and daughter who swap bodies for a day. The supporting performances while not as effervescent were also effective. Overall, I liked it, it wasn't perfect, but there are certainly worse movies out there. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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