Switching Channels (1988)


“[after John tells her not to use profanity in the news broadcasts] When have I EVER used foul language, you rotten son-of-a-BITCH?” – Christy

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 19 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An anchor woman at a Chicago News station is given the story of a lifetime right before she is about to quit in order to marry a sporting goods store owner.

My Take on it – Once again, Hollywood decided to remake a classic and update it for modern times but in doing so loses some of the original impact of the way the story should be handled.

They do a nice job of modernizing the idea, but it just isn’t as good as the original The Front Page (1931) or even the Billy Wilder version [The Front Page (1974)] with Walther Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

I think part of the problem here is that after almost thirty years since this came out, the idea of how we all view Televison news has also changed and therefore it feels too outdated and archaic.

Burt Reynolds, Kathleen Turner and Christopher Reeve are all good here, but together they all seem to be lacking some of the joint chemistry needed to make this even better because the story is there, just the presnetation here is a bit lacking.

Bottom Line – Not as good as it could have been. Nice adaptation of the story for the modern television world, but thirty years later, it feels too out-dated. Reynolds, Turner and Reeve all are fun yet they do all seem the right kind of chemistry to be able to pull off such a story well enough. If you want to see this done right, watch the original from 1931 or the Wilder version from 1974 with Matthau and Lemmon.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Christopher Reeve apparently regretted making this movie. One of the main reasons he signed on was because Michael Caine was originally lined up to play Sullivan, and had enjoyed working with him in Deathtrap (1982), but was out of the project after Reeve signed on. He also said that he took the project on because he was suffering post-divorce depression and believed that he had “made a fool of himself” in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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