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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,121,752, 6 March 1988

Gross USA:

$9,129,999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,129,999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

None of the dialogue from the Ben Hecht - Charles MacArthur source play "The Front Page" was used in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Christie is in Sully's office trying to quit, Sully has his shirt tucked in, when he sits down, his shirt is hanging out with no wrinkles. After he stands up again, he tucks his shirt in. See more »

Quotes

Blaine Bingham: Did you really sign a reporter's contract "Peter Rabbit?"
John L. Sullivan IV: Yes.
Blaine Bingham: What did the reporter do?
John L. Sullivan IV: Christy? She laughed her ass off.
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Version of The Front Page (1948) See more »

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Mostly good, primarily toward the end
23 December 2015 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Christy is a news anchor on SNN, an all-news channel in Chicago. Her boss John "Sully" Sullivan is also her ex. Christy must go do lots of silly stories as part of her role as a journalist, and eventually she decides to take a vacation. That's where she meets Blaine, who is rich and perfect in every way, and Christy wants to move with him to New York City and host a morning show. Sully hates him and plots against him. Meanwhile, Christy has a chance to do something important before she moves on from real journalism. Ike Roscoe is on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Roy Ridnitz is running for governor but played a role in putting Ike away, and it would not benefit him politically if Ike got freed.

So how will Ike be rescued from his fate? The second half of this movie is nothing short of insanity, a wacky adventure that really makes this movie worth seeing.

Kathleen Turner and Burt Reynolds are good, if not necessarily great. Ned Beatty is over the top. Chris Kimbrough as the governor who could give Ike a reprieve is a moron. And Henry Gibson is great as the poor man who must be rescued because, after all, he didn't do it.

Christopher Reeve, on the other hand, is more Clark Kent than Superman. He just never quite achieves what he should. I didn't know who he was, but he didn't quite look like Richard Gere, or David Hasselhoff, or John Corbett. I just never could enjoy his character, except for the bizarre scene where Sully get his revenge.

The romantic comedy at the beginning is okay. It's the adventure toward the end that really makes this work.


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