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TV reporter Turner tries to quit her job to marry wealthy Reeve, but her boss (and ex-husband) Reynolds isn't going to give her up so easily. Wonderful remake of THE FRONT PAGE/HIS GIRL FRIDAY updated to the satellite-television era.

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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: Ted Kotcheff
  • Producers: Martin Ransohoff
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X63SKQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Hencke on March 30, 2004
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Gets better and better with each viewing. This is a highly enjoyable and entertaining remake of His Girl Friday and The Front Page. Ted Kotcheff (First Blood:Rambo, Whose Killing the Great Chefs of Europe-also one of the producers of Law and Order Special Victims Unit) directs with terrific pacing and a wonderfully likeable cast that includes Henry Gibson, Kathleen Turner(giving one of her absolute best performances-which is saying quite a lot), Christopher Reeve in a brilliant and over the top comedic turn, Burt Reynolds (charming as usual) and Ned Beatty who basically steals the show from everyone in every single scene he is in. I love this movie! It has been coming on cable for years and it is having seen this film literally over a hundred times that I realize just how good it really is...It is HIGHLY underappreciated. Very funny, well made and lots of fun. Great script. One of the better remakes.
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By A Customer on December 4, 2002
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Despite comments made by the reviewer from NY - you'll find this to be an absolute roar of laughs! A smooth and hilarious "modern" translation of The Front Page and His Girl Friday. What the other reviewer didn't understand is that these are supposed to be caricatures of real people and situations - not an actual behind the scenes look at a 24HR news channel. If that's what you're looking for you might be better off with Broadcast News.

Originally written for Broadway in 1928 the producers/writers have done an amazing job of updating the story for the then-current 1990's.

Very quick, fast paced dialogue - this isn't for the mental midgets of the world who are used to having their movies hand delivered to them. To keep up you have to sharp, sharp, sharp!

Kudos to the casting director for choosing Ned Beatty who is gut-bustingly funny as District Attorney Roy Ridnitz! Kept trying to read his lips as he hilariously controls profane slurs about reporters. Lots of rapid fire quips at every turn making this one of the best stage play-to-film conversions ever.
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I had been looking for this movie for a really long time on DVD. Apparently they just recently put it on DVD because before you could only find it on VHS. It is just as great as I remembered it to be from when I was growing up. It is a great family movie that everyone can enjoy. Really interesting story line that keeps you interested the entire time. Would definitely recommend this movie.
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This DVD at $17 plus was a little pricey for a 1988 film, but compared to many cheap BD that offer a picture no better than their DVD counterparts, this is a vast improvement over the films VHS version. Switching Channels DVD has no extras, in fact it does not even have a menu, just a great picture.

As for the film, all three actors Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds,and Christopher Reeve were just starting to turn the corner on their acting careers and beginning their downward slope. Kathleen Turner would be diagnosed with rhematoid arthritis in 92, Burt would suffer PR problems with his breakup with Loni in 93, and Christopher Reeve would suffer his riding accident in 95.

But for this film in 1988, all three actors were in top form in their performances.The result is a very entertaining comedy that fans of these stars should not miss.
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One of my favorite Burt Reynold movies, and I never really liked him because of his cockiness off screen. But this is a good comedy. It's loaded with action and is hilarious. And it has a terrific cast of seasoned actors.
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THE FRONT PAGE has been done and re-done and re-done, but this version, featuring television news rather than print and three terrific stars, is my favorite. Kathleen Turner has a wonderful comedic sense and is as fast and funny as Rosalind Russell (maybe more so), while managing to be glamorous and sexy at the same time. Burt Reynolds, whose career was built on his relaxed, dry humor and engaging presence, is perfect here, as the harried news director still in love with Turner, his ace reporter and ex-wife. Christopher Reeve, who did relatively few comedic roles, is more of the straight man, but his self-satisfied business tycoon is a great foil to the other two. Henry Gibson, of all people, plays the milquetoasty murderer you can't bring yourself to condemn; and the rest of the cast, including a slimy Ned Beatty but otherwise mostly unknown, is hilarious and never miss a beat. The script is a jewel; the directing, editing and music are all fine; and though this has never come out on DVD, it's worth tracking down on VHS for the pure enjoyment of it. Switch off your own life for awhile and switch on SWITCHING CHANNELS, just for the fun of it.
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Turner is unstoppable, Reynolds is his smarmy, manipulative best, and Reeve is...so darned statuesque, even in the elevator scene, in a just-right comedic turn. Excellent performances right down to his honor, the Gov. A fun romp.

I keep looking, hoping for a DVD release. But alas.
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This version of The Front Page was fun back in the '80s with Kathleen Turner, Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeves taking the lead. The world has changed since the movie was made, but the comedy still works. The quality of the DVD does the movie credit. I'll recommend it to anyone looking for light fare.
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