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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!

Genres:

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

The main actors in the film share a connection to the DC Comics character Superman in both film and television. Christopher Reeve played the character in Superman I-IV (1978-1987), while George Newbern played him in )"Justice League" (2001)_, (Reeve was also influenced by Cary Grant for his role in His Girl Friday (1940), of which this film is a remake). Burt Reynolds was considered for the title role in Superman (1978), while Ned Beatty co-starred with Reeve in that film as Otis, Lex Luthor's henchman. Interestingly, Kathleen Turner was one of many actresses considered for the role of Vicki Vale in Batman (1989), a movie based on another DC Comics character. 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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Nice Updating of the Front Page
9 March 2001 | by rollo_tomasoSee all my reviews

I thought the updating of the Front Page to the electronic era was surprisingly relevant and poignant. Henry Gibson is a standout in an excellent cast. The laughs and stories are updated for modern audiences and lose surprisingly little in the translation. The chemistry between Reynolds and Turner is pretty hot. All in all quite entertaining.


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