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Wish Upon a Star (1996)

A younger sister wishes to switch places with her popular older sister and the two bickering siblings awaken to find the wish has come true.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Heigl ... Alexia Wheaton
Danielle Harris ... Hayley Wheaton
Donnie Jeffcoat ... Kyle Harding
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Ben Wheaton
Mary Parker Williams Mary Parker Williams ... Nan Wheaton
Lois Chiles ... Mittermonster
Ivey Lloyd Mitchell ... Caitlin Sheinbaum (as Ivey Lloyd)
Matthew Barker ... Simon (as Matt Barker)
Jacque Gray ... Kazumi
Kari White ... Talley (as Kari Petersen)
January Sorensen January Sorensen ... Sabrina
Dane Stevens Dane Stevens ... Mr. Frauenfleder (as Duane V. Stephens)
Mark Hofeling Mark Hofeling ... Mr. Watson
Trevor Black ... Photographer
Emily Klindt Emily Klindt ... Senior Class President
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Storyline

Handsome, considerate high-school jock Kyle Harding is the only taste the Wheaton sisters share. Tall, fashionable, popular airhead big sister is dating him, but fails to truly appreciate the young gentleman, let alone contemplate a serious relationship. Nerdy kid sister Haley hates the waste and expresses her envy by thoughtlessly wishing at a 'shooting star' (comet) to be Alexia. To their stupor, that happens the next morning. Forced to live each-other's lives, but unable to do it well by the other's standards, the sisters soon hate each-other even more and deliberately screw up. Gradually, they realize they would only both lose out, learn to appreciate the other's values and reconsider their own. Remain the matters of obviously utterly confused Kyle, and new neighbor boy Simon, whose no longer secret crush on Haley was confounded by Alexia. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might, Become My Sister For A Night!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish Upon a Star See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris have starred in sequels to famous horror movies. Heigl starred in 'Bride of Chucky (1998)(I)' and Harris starred in 'Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)(I)' and 'Halloween 5 (1989)(I)'. Harris had a different supporting role in Halloween (2007)(I) and the sequel. Additionally, Lois Chiles starred in the 'Hitchhiker' segment of 'Creepshow 2 (1987)'. See more »

Goofs

When Alexia answers the Chemistry question in class, she writes "ABC" on the whiteboard. In the next shot as she continues writing, the appearance of "ABC" is completely different. See more »

Quotes

Alexia: [in Hayley's body] So is there anything else I should know about you? Other than that you're a grungy, social outcast?
Hayley: [in Alexia's body] I'm not grungy. I just have my own style.
Alexia: Oh, dirt under the fingernails is in? You won't mind if I remove it, will you?
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Alternate Versions

None of these scenes appear in any released version of the film, but are mentioned by the director during the DVD commentary. See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.21 in C
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Courtesy of Ole Georg Music
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Much more then it appears to be
29 August 2001 | by strudeauSee all my reviews

I don't know how I was drawn to originally see this movie, but I'm glad it happened. It's definitely not your average made for TV movie and it really fly's leaps and bounds beyond what it really is. It is the story of two sisters who are worlds apart, who after a wish switch places. (Ala Freaky Friday, Vice-Versa) This features Katherine Heigl(Roswell) and Danielle Harris(Urban Legend) as the sisters who exhibit and on screen chemistry that has been absent in today's cinema. As the story progresses the sisters wage an all out war against each other and spend the rest of the movie trying to patch up the damage. Their adventures are cliched at points, yet Heigl and Harris carry it and make a very engrossing and funny film. Everyone who I show this movie to is instantly hooked. This is a true to life "Cult" movie. This is one of my favorite movies, and I attribute that fact to the wonderful Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris.. Katherine Heigl's popularity has skyrocketed since this, yet Danielle Harris has been pretty stagnant. Hopefully Danielle Harris will get a push soon! This movie was previously unavailable on Video (save for a few video stores, and $70 ebay copies), but thanks to Warner Brothers selling the distribution rights, Wish Upon a Star is now on DVD!! (as of August 2001) This DVD is a must buy so don't pass it up. Feel free to email me if you want to talk about this movie! **** out of ****


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