Switching Channels (1988)

Switching Channels (1988)




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Set in the hectic and cutthroat world of television news, this remake of The Front Page, tells the story of a beautiful and ambitious anchorwoman whose plan to marry a millionaire is thwarted by the machinations of her nasty ex-husband who is also her employer.
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Kathleen Turner
as Christy Colleran
Burt Reynolds
as John L. Sullivan IV
Ned Beatty
as Ridnitz
Henry Gibson
as Roscoe
George Newbern
as Siegenthaler
Al Waxman
as Berger
Ken James
as Warden Terwilliger
Ted Simonett
as Tillinger
Anthony Sherwood
as Carvalho
Joe Silver
as Morosini
Monica Parker
as Jessica
Allan Royal
as Obregon
Fiona Reid
as Pamela Farbrother
Richard Comar
as Governor's Aide
Grant Cowan
as Crannock
Laura Robinson
as Karen Ludlow
Angelo Rizacos
as Ridnitz's Sidekick
Tony Rosato
as Joker
Jonathan Welsh
as Chaplain
Corrine Koslo
as Yvonne
Judah Katz
as Tillinger Sound Man
Jason Blicker
as Sound Man
Diane Douglass
as Upper-class Woman
Ida Carnevali
as Poor `Yuppie' Mother
John Welsh
as Chaplain
Noel Gray
as Nancy
Philip Malotte
as 6-ft., 8-in. Cameraman
James Loxley
as Anchorman
John Dee
as Old Man in Lobby
Peter Walachy
as Tattooee
Eric Fink
as Butler
Jack Duffy
as Emil, The Waiter
Arlene Mazerolle
as Hotel Receptionist
Laurie Paton
as Reporter
Warren Davis
as Reporter
Katya Ladan
as Reporter
Rex Hagon
as Reporter
Philip Akin
as Guard
Megan Smith
as Booking Secretary
Jane Schoettle
as Booking Secretary
Cheryl Wilson
as SNN Anchor Person
Ray Landry
as SNN Anchor Person
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Critic Reviews for Switching Channels

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Reynolds is charming in an otherwise so-so reworking of His Girl Friday.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Obviously one of the weaker "Front Page" remakes, but still colorful and energetic enough to warrant some faint praise.

April 2, 2005

Unofficial variant on The Front Page that occasionally works.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very middling, but still mildly entertaining

September 17, 2002

A half-way decent updating of His Girl Friday. Half-way.

September 12, 2002

Quote not available.

July 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Switching Channels


These 3 are no Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Walter Matthau or Jack Lemmon Hell they are not even Adolphe Menjou or Pat O'Brien and Ted Kotcheff is no Howard Hawks or Billy Wilder. Ned Beatty is probably the only saving grace in this movie.

Joe Sicari
Joe Sicari

Throughly ordinary remake of His Girl Friday, stick with the original.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Effective performances by Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds, and Christopher Reeve, but this remake comedy media movie is very average, lack of laughs.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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