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

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Christy Colleran
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John L. Sullivan IV
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Blaine Bingham
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Roy Ridnitz
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Ike Roscoe
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Siegenthaler
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Berger
Ken James ...
Warden Terwilliger
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Zaks
Ted Simonett ...
Tillinger
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Carvalho
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Mordsini
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The Governor
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Jessica
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Obregon
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Pamela Farbrother
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Jesse
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Eric
Richard Comar ...
Governor's Aide
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Crannock
Wayne Fleming ...
Bryce
Laura Robinson ...
Karen Ludlow
Angelo Rizacos ...
Ridnitz's Sidekick
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Joker
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Abigail
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Reporter
Warren Davis ...
Reporter
Katya Ladan ...
Reporter
Rex Hagon ...
Reporter
Philip Akin ...
Guard
Patrick Patterson ...
Guard
Jonathan Welsh ...
Chaplain
Russell Gordon ...
Jasper
Corrine Koslo ...
Yvonne
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Tillinger Sound Man
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Sound Man
Diane Douglass ...
Upper Class Woman
Ida Carnevali ...
Poor 'Yuppie' Mother
Noel Gray ...
Nancy
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Booking Secretary (as Megan Smith)
Jane Schoettle ...
Booking Secretary
Philip Malotte ...
6' 8" Cameraman
Chick Roberts ...
Cop
Bill Cotterell ...
Rusty
James Loxley ...
Anchorman
Cheryl Wilson ...
SNN Anchor Person (as Cheryl S. Wilson)
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SNN Anchor Person
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Old Man in Lobby
Peter Walachy ...
Tattooee
John S. Davies ...
Aide
Eric Fink ...
Butler
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Emil, the Waiter
Robert Morelli ...
Waiter
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Hotel Receptionist
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Business Woman (uncredited)
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Prison Guard (uncredited)
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Round Card Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ted Kotcheff

Written by

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Ben Hecht ... (play "The Front Page") and
Charles MacArthur ... (play "The Front Page")
 
Jonathan Reynolds ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Don Carmody ... executive producer
Martin Ransohoff ... producer

Music by

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Michel Legrand

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François Protat ... director of photography (as Francois Protat)

Film Editing by

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Thom Noble

Editorial Department

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Joan E. Chapman ... assistant editor
Robert A. Daly Jr. ... post-production assistant
Larry Engelmann ... color timer
Patricia A. Galvin ... assistant editor
Susan Maggi ... assistant editor
Peter Ransohoff ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Anne Pritchard

Art Direction by

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Charles Dunlop

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Mark S. Freeborn ... (as Mark Freeborn)
Rose Marie McSherry

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Mary E. McLeod ... (as Mary McLeod)

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David R. Beecroft ... key hair stylist
Diana Ladyshewsky ... assistant hair stylist
Philip Leto ... hair stylist: Mr. Reynolds (as Phil Leto)
Teresa Robinson ... assistant makeup artist
Katherine Southern ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Billy Higgins ... unit production manager: Chicago
Joyce Kozy King ... production manager
Josi W. Konski ... unit production manager: Miami

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stephen Andrzejewski ... second second assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. ... first assistant director: Chicago (as James Giovannetti)
Jim Kaufman ... first assistant director
Michelle Marx ... first assistant director: Miami
Blair Roth ... second assistant director
Janet Spiegel ... third assistant director
Kim Winter ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Tory Bellingham ... assistant props
Daniel R. Bradette ... assistant set decorator
Jim Breithaupt ... art department controller (as James F. Breithaupt)
Ron Erbel ... greensman: Miami
Ed Hanna ... assistant art director
Scott Jacobson ... props: Miami
Gustave Meunier ... prop buyer
George Miller ... construction supervisor
Don Miloyevich ... property master
Tony Parkins ... head carpenter
Reet Puhm ... scenic artist
Frances Semple ... head painter
Tristan Tondino ... head scenic artist
Lynn Trout ... set decorator: Montreal
Tony Parkin ... head carpenter (uncredited)
Robert S. Smith ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bernie Blynder ... sound mixer: Miami
Richard Cadger ... sound editor (as Rick Cadger)
David Evans ... supervising sound editor
David Giammarco ... sound editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. ... sound re-recordist (as Robert W. Glass)
Wayne Griffin ... supervising sound editor
John Laning ... assistant sound editor
David Lee ... location sound mixer
Robin Leigh ... sound editor
Peter McBurnie ... foley artist
Karen Noble ... foley assistant
Donna Powell ... assistant sound editor
Michael Rea ... assistant sound editor
Steve Switzer ... boom operator
Jane Tattersall ... sound editor
Robert Thirlwell ... sound re-recordist
Don White ... foley recording mixer (uncredited)

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Rory Cutler ... special effects

Stunts

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Shelley Cook ... utility stunts
Steve Lucescu ... utility stunts
Dwayne McLean ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ray Boyle ... gaffer
Andy Chmura ... camera operator
Steve Danyluk ... gaffer
John Denney ... lighting technician: musco light
Chris Helcermanas-Benge ... still photographer
John Hudecek ... key grip: Chicago
Robert A. Hudecek ... gaffer: Chicago (as Bob Hudecek)
Greg Kasper ... key grip: Miami
Michael Kohne ... key grip
Robert Lapierre Jr. ... key grip: Montreal (as Robert Lapierre)
Gregory Lundsgaard ... camera operator: Chicago (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Bruce Macaulay ... still photographer
Thom Ryan ... focus puller
Tom Schurke ... video engineer
Billy Seckles ... gaffer: Miami
Dave Sheridan ... clapper loader (as Dave C. Sheridan)
Jeff Simon ... camera operator: Miami
Matt Tundo ... camera operator: second unit
Joseph A. Unsinn ... video engineer
Normand Viau ... gaffer: Montreal (as Normand Viaux)
Dave Ferguson ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Stuart Aikins ... casting: Toronto
Brad Davis ... extras casting: Miami
Liz Geddes ... extras casting: Chicago
Peter Lavender ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mary Lou Byrd ... wardrobe: Miami (as Mary Lou Bird)
Kim W. Chow ... wardrobe master
Stacey Coker ... wardrobe mistress
Gail Filman ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Michael Brownstone ... unit location manager
Bob Hudgins ... location manager: Chicago
Richard Lalonde ... unit location manager: Montreal
Steve Wakefield ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Neil Diamond ... composer: theme music
Dan Garde ... supervising music editor
Edie Lehmann Boddicker ... singer
Sally Stevens ... singer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Susanna David ... continuity supervisor

Transportation Department

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Richard Deangelo ... transportation captain: Chicago (as Dick DeAngelo)
Norm Henderson ... transportation coordinator
Joyce M. Lark ... transportation captain: Miami (as Joyce Lark)

Additional Crew

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Cindy Burden ... production secretary
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Melissa Jones ... assistant: Mr. Kotcheff
Wendi Laski ... unit publicist
Jim Mathews ... production accountant
Cindy Morton ... executive assistant: Mr. Carmody / video coordinator
Deborah Zwicker ... production coordinator
Jaap Broeker ... stand-in (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Tonight's News. Romance. Scandal. Intrigue. And that's just behind the camera! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Scoop (France)
  • Switch - Eine Frau räumt auf (Germany)
  • Interferencias (Spain)
  • Interferències (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Hete nyheter (Norway)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Reportedly, Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner constantly fought during the filming of this movie. Christopher Reeve had to mediate between them. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Burt Reynolds/Teresa Ganzel/Eddie Edwards (1988). See more »
Quotes The Governor: He's pardoned.
Roy Ridnitz: You can't do that!
The Governor: Yes I can. He's pardoned, and he's pardoned, and she's pardoned and you're not!
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