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
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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 »
Before the Ike Roscoe interview is played, it is established that there was no time to edit the tape. however, when it airs, the part with Roscoe performing the magic trick has been edited out. See more »
Updating of "The Front Page" to 1988. Star reporter Christy (Kathleen Turner) on the Satellite Network News is burnt out. She takes a vacation and meets big, hunky, rich Blaine (Christopher Reeve) and falls in love (only in movies...). She plans to leave work to marry Blaine, but her ex-husband and boss Sully (Burt Reynolds) is unwilling to let her go and tries to sabotage their plans any way he can.
Not as good as 1940s "His Girl Friday" but not as bad as the 1970s "The Front Page"--it really does work. It's quick, loud and never stops moving (especially at the end). It also helps that the entire cast is in full throttle--Turner, Reeve and Reynolds are relaxed, eager and full of energy--they really put across the movie. Turner and Reynolds especially are surprising--who knew they could do comedy? And Reeve kids his goody two-shoes image and his Superman character (he's afraid of heights in this one). Also Ned Beatty has quite a few funny moments as a slimy politician.
The updating from the newspaper world to cable TV occasionally doesn't work and there are some really contrived situations here and there but not enough to destroy the movie. Also quite dated--get a look at those HUGE cordless phones! Still I enjoyed this film a lot.
A bomb (sadly) in its day--this deserves rediscovery.
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