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Switching Channels (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 4 March 1988 (USA)
0:31 | Trailer
A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.


Ted Kotcheff


Ben Hecht (play), Charles MacArthur (play) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Crime


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Did You Know?


The main actors in the film share a connection to the DC Comics character Superman in both film and television. Christopher Reeve played the character in Superman I-IV (1978-1987), while George Newbern played him in )"Justice League" (2001)_, (Reeve was also influenced by Cary Grant for his role in His Girl Friday (1940), of which this film is a remake). Burt Reynolds was considered for the title role in Superman (1978), while Ned Beatty co-starred with Reeve in that film as Otis, Lex Luthor's henchman. Interestingly, Kathleen Turner was one of many actresses considered for the role of Vicki Vale in Batman (1989), a movie based on another DC Comics character. See more »


The people working for the cable news network out of Chicago are trying to urge the governor to pardon "Ike", even to go as far as on a newscast to urge Springfield to listen. At one point we see the governor tell his aides he will grant the pardon and wants time on the 11 o'clock news. In Chicago, and all of Illinois for that matter, being in the central time zone the governor would have asked for time on the 10 o'clock news. See more »


Blaine Bingham: So, you're what a network news man looks like.
John L. Sullivan IV: And you sell jock straps!
Blaine Bingham: 25 million last year alone. You know if I'd invented that little baby, I'd be a rich man today.
John L. Sullivan IV: I thought you were a rich man. Aren't you a multi-millionaire?
Blaine Bingham: Depends on what you mean by multi.
John L. Sullivan IV: Multi usually means more than one!
Christy Colleran: Blaine, sweetheart, we don't have to dicuss our finances with him.
John L. Sullivan IV: Our?
Christy Colleran: Our.
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Version of The Front Page (1945) 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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Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Switching Channels See more »

Filming Locations:

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,121,752, 6 March 1988

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1.85 : 1
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