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Switch (1991)

R | | Comedy, Fantasy | 10 May 1991 (USA)
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A sexist womanizer is killed by one of his former lovers and then reincarnated as a woman.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Barkin ... Amanda Brooks
Jimmy Smits ... Walter Stone
JoBeth Williams ... Margo Brofman
Lorraine Bracco ... Sheila Faxton
Tony Roberts ... Arnold Freidkin
Perry King ... Steve Brooks
Bruce Payne ... The Devil (as Bruce Martyn Payne)
Lysette Anthony ... Liz
Victoria Mahoney ... Felicia
Basil Hoffman ... Higgins
Catherine Keener ... Steve's Secretary
Kevin Kilner ... Dan Jones
David Wohl ... Attorney Caldwell
James Harper ... Lt. Laster
John Lafayette ... Sgt. Phillips
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Storyline

Steve Brooks is a sexist and the prototype macho. Unfortunately one day he is killed by one of his girlfriends. In heaven, though, there is no place for men like him and he is sent back to earth in the body of a woman so that he can see how women are treated by men like the one he once was. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Steve and Walter used to have a preference for blondes. Then Steve was murdered... and came back as one. Will being a woman make him a better man?

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blake Edwards' Switch See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,545,943
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The premise of this film, in which a womanizer is murdered and is quickly reincarnated as a female, is almost identical to an earlier film called "Goodbye Charlie." See more »

Goofs

"Amanda's" hair is back to its same length (and style) when Walter visits "her" in the psychiatric hospital as it was before "she" had the barber cut it. While "she" does say "she" has been there for five months, and apparently five or six months have transpired from the time of the trial, there is no way the hair would have grown from above the ears to down below the shoulders in six months - hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, so it would be about 3 inches longer than before. The hair should have only been slightly longer to show that amount of time has passed. See more »

Quotes

The Devil: Excuse me.
GodGod: Yes.
The Devil: I wish to lodge a complaint.
GodGod: What is it this time?
The Devil: I have as much right to Steve Brooks' soul as you do.
God: That's why I sent him back. If he can't find one female who likes him, then his soul is yours.
The Devil: Well, that's not a fair test. He'll pick some helpless, unsuspecting female, pretend to be everything he's not. In the end, she'll adore him. And you'll be honor abound to admit an unregenerate debaucher into Heaven.
God: What do you suggest?
The Devil: Teach him a lesson. And at the same time, ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.31 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All There
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Jody Watley
Produced by Henry Mancini
Published by L/T Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Jody Watley appears courtesy of MCA Records
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Great acting by Ellen Barkin
7 November 2010 | by btm1See all my reviews

Advertising exec. Steve Brooks, a sexist male chauvinist pig, is invited to a party by a lady friend who suggestively tells him the only other guests will be two other women who he is fond of. The party gets sexy when the four get into a hot tub, but together they bind and murder him. God and the Devil aren't sure where his soul belongs, so they tell him that he will be allowed to return to life for a limited time in order for him to find one woman who likes him. If he doesn't find at least one, he will go to Hell. In order that he can't just use his ability to charm women to find one that doesn't know him, they bring him back as a woman. She retains his memory and chooses to call herself Amanda Brooks.

Ellen Barkin has a remarkable performance as a womanizer in a woman's body. There is a vast difference in personalities between Barkin's Amanda/Steve and Julie Andrews' Victor/Victoria.

Lorraine Bracco also is great in her quiet understated role as major cosmetics client Sheila Faxton.

In addition to watching some great performances, the movie has some pretty funny bits, although some got repetitive. In particular, I thought the the bit about Amanda stumbling when wearing high heels was repeated too often. Regarding the stiletto heels, why would Amanda continue to choose the highest of stiletto heels? Also, while obviously gorgeous, I don't think then 37-year old Ellen Barkin looked as strikingly sexy as Amanda as the male characters (and Amanda herself) thought she did. She didn't seem as hot as the younger actresses who planned Steve's murder.

The resolution at the ending also was somewhat disappointing to me.


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