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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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2 nominations. See more awards »

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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!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,121,752, 6 March 1988

Gross USA:

$9,129,999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,129,999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The American RCA/Columbia VHS video-cassette release of this movie included a promo spot for NBC shows such as Dear John (1988); Empty Nest (1988) and Baby Boom (1988). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John L. Sullivan IV: How could he be afraid of heights. He's so tall!
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References The Cosby Show (1984) See more »

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When it's hot, it sizzles
7 January 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

It's obvious from the get-go that SWITCHING CHANNELS is a HIS GIRL Friday remake for the '80s (can't escape it, it's beat-for-beat), but the magic of this movie's opening, say, 30 minutes is that the performances of the three stars draw you right in and make you forget the other movie. Kathleen Turner throws herself right into comic absurdity as a cracking- yup news anchor, and Christopher Reeve is one he'll of a vain buffoon. He does it so well. But Burt Reynolds lights up as he stomps around the newsroom, and his back-and-forth patter with Turner is genuinely funny. He even plays the good ol' boy charm to the hilt with a mischievous twinkle on his eye. It's beautiful stuff, I've never seen something like that from him.

But the movie sadly does not maintain this terrific sense of humor, even s the cast is tripping over themselves in the name of screwball mayhem. It's not bad, just that the second half never rises above amusing.

6/10


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