The Switch

Released 1988


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The Switch is a feature length action adventure movie about a couple of wealthy playboys asked to help solve crimes the police can't handle. American Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) and Englishman Lord Brett Sinclair (Roger Moore) team up in this movie based on the famed television show The Persuaders. The duo is called upon by Judge Fulton (Laurence Naismith) to help local police outfits sort out cases that stump them, and this installment has our crime stoppers in Cannes for the annual film festival. It seems that former union boss Kyle Sander has tipped off the feds, and now there is a contract out on his head. Wilde and Sinclair keep a watchful eye on him, while at the same time try to catch the would be assassins. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, The Switch has the same flair and charm as the old action show, just longer and more exciting.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Aniston and Bateman keep things both light and dark when they should, and Robinson's Sebastian steals everyone's heart.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The first third of The Switch, directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, is so bizarre that it leads you to wonder if, through some miraculous lack of oversight, the movie will blaze...

  • 40


    An unfunny, manipulative romance about two unlikable people and their prop of a son, the pic mangles the premise of its source material ("Baster," a 1996 short story by Pulitzer-wi...

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