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Switching Channels (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 March 1988 (USA)
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A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

Ben Hecht (play), Charles MacArthur (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Turner ... Christy Colleran
Burt Reynolds ... John L. Sullivan IV
Christopher Reeve ... Blaine Bingham
Ned Beatty ... Roy Ridnitz
Henry Gibson ... Ike Roscoe
George Newbern ... Siegenthaler
Al Waxman ... Berger
Ken James Ken James ... Warden Terwilliger
Barry Flatman ... Zaks
Ted Simonett Ted Simonett ... Tillinger
Anthony Sherwood ... Carvalho
Joe Silver ... Mordsini
Charles Kimbrough ... The Governor
Monica Parker ... Jessica
Allan Royal ... Obregon
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Storyline

Sully is the producer of a cable news network program. Christy is his ex-wife and best reporter. Her desire to quit the news business and marry Blaine, a sporting goods manufacturer comes as an innocent man is about to be executed. Sully's attempts to keep her in town and break up her upcoming marriage happen against the backdrop of a botched execution, a prison break and a possible pardon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Tonight's News. Romance. Scandal. Intrigue. And that's just behind the camera!

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cambio marito See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,129,999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When on the phone inquiring about the train tickets Blaine (Christopher Reeve), mentions something about it "Being like North by Northwest (1959)". Cary Grant, who starred in His Girl Friday (1940) (like Switching Channels (1988), one of many remakes of The Front Page (1931)), starred in North by Northwest (1959). See more »

Goofs

When Christy is chasing Ike, she loses her shoes, and leaves them behind. However, after catching and directing Ike to the news building, Christy is seen entering the building putting her shoes back on, though she never returned to retrieve them. See more »

Quotes

The Governor: Yikes! If I'm going to be on tv tonight, I'd better take a nap!
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Version of His Girl Friday (1940) See more »

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Sooo much better than Broadcast News
23 February 2004 | by badmanllpSee all my reviews

This is really worth rediscovering - Turner and co really throw themselves into it and (shock) Reeve sends himself up excellently (particularly good in the 'vertigo in the lift' scene.

As revealed elsewhere, it's a remake of The Front Page - in fact right now can't think of a better way to spend a rainy afternoon than a double bill of these two in front of a nice fire :-)

So - not going to change your life - but I'll cheer you up.


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