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Switching Channels (1988)

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A television news chief courts his anchorwoman ex-wife with an eleventh-hour story.

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In his biography, Christopher Reeve claims this film's failure, along with Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), The Aviator (1985), and Street Smart (1987), knocked him off the A-list in Hollywood and he would have to audition for major roles for the rest of his career. See more »

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Before the Ike Roscoe interview is played, it is established that there was no time to edit the tape. however, when it airs, the part with Roscoe performing the magic trick has been edited out. See more »

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Roy Ridnitz: [standing, thinking about his next move in repsonse to Ike Roscoe's possible pardon] We're gonna kill him anyways.
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Version of The Front Page (1948) See more »

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Very funny
16 January 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Updating of "The Front Page" to 1988. Star reporter Christy (Kathleen Turner) on the Satellite Network News is burnt out. She takes a vacation and meets big, hunky, rich Blaine (Christopher Reeve) and falls in love (only in movies...). She plans to leave work to marry Blaine, but her ex-husband and boss Sully (Burt Reynolds) is unwilling to let her go and tries to sabotage their plans any way he can.

Not as good as 1940s "His Girl Friday" but not as bad as the 1970s "The Front Page"--it really does work. It's quick, loud and never stops moving (especially at the end). It also helps that the entire cast is in full throttle--Turner, Reeve and Reynolds are relaxed, eager and full of energy--they really put across the movie. Turner and Reynolds especially are surprising--who knew they could do comedy? And Reeve kids his goody two-shoes image and his Superman character (he's afraid of heights in this one). Also Ned Beatty has quite a few funny moments as a slimy politician.

The updating from the newspaper world to cable TV occasionally doesn't work and there are some really contrived situations here and there but not enough to destroy the movie. Also quite dated--get a look at those HUGE cordless phones! Still I enjoyed this film a lot.

A bomb (sadly) in its day--this deserves rediscovery.


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