Switching Channels (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

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Kathleen Turner
as Christy Colleran
Burt Reynolds
as John L. Sullivan IV
Ned Beatty
as Ridnitz
George Newbern
as Siegenthaler
Al Waxman
as Berger
Ken James
as Warden Terwilliger
Ted Simonett
as Tillinger
Joe Silver
as Morosini
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
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
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 (13) | Top Critics (1)

The basic mechanics of the original Hecht-MacArthur story are still sound, and Switching Channels is true to the obsessive-compulsive hostility that is the fuel for all good reporters.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...an aggressively hit-and-miss endeavor...

January 24, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A pleasant comedy. [Full Review in Spanish]

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Christopher Reeve gets the worst of the contrived situations.

April 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Reynolds and Turner turn in nice work as the hard-boiled couple who love to hate one another... Reeve is the surprise in this movie, turning his character into a wonderful caricature of a 1988 self-absorbed yuppie businessman.

December 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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

October 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Switching Channels

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

Weak remake of His Girl Friday.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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