Freaky Friday (1995 film)

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Freaky Friday is a 1995 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film and a remake of the 1976 film of the same name produced by Walt Disney Television which premiered on May 6, 1995 as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. It is the second in a series of four remakes of Disney films produced for broadcast on ABC during the 1994–95 television season.

Freaky Friday
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Based onFreaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Written byStu Krieger
Directed byMelanie Mayron
StarringShelley Long
Gaby Hoffmann
Catlin Adams
Sandra Bernhard
Music byJames McVay
Lisa Harlow Stark
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)George Zaloom
Les Mayfield
Scott Immergut
Producer(s)Joan Van Horn
Production location(s)Pasadena, California
CinematographyRuss Alsobrook
Editor(s)Henk Van Eeghen
Running time86 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMay 6, 1995 (1995-05-06)
Preceded byFreaky Friday (1976 film)
Followed byFreaky Friday (2003 film)

This movie is a remake of the original Freaky Friday (1976 film) starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris in the roles of Annabelle and Ellen.


A mother, Ellen (Shelley Long), and daughter, Annabelle (Gaby Hoffmann), find it difficult to get along with each other because of their different views on their own lives and each other’s. A pair of magical amulets causes the two of them to switch bodies for a day. Ellen’s boyfriend, Bill, drives them both to work where she has to present a new clothing line. She, initially worried about the fact that she has no idea of what to do, goes along with it anyway. Meanwhile, Annabelle has a awkward day at school with her friends and she learns what her daughter’s life is really like. Back at her job, Ellen and Bill eventually have an argument (with Annabelle saying how she feels about Bill in her mother’s body). He later apologizes to “Ellen” and proposes to her, much to her horror. “Annabelle” then calls and finally is able to convince Bill that they have truly switched bodies. He then realizes why “Ellen” turned him down. A little later they rush down to the diving event the school is holding because “Annabelle” can’t swim. After they save her, they switch back and Annabelle and Ellen finally have a new understanding of what the other has to go through.

Among many changes from the original, this version of the story has diving instead of waterskiing as Annabelle's main hobby, which again plays a big role in the film's climax. Also, in the original (and the book), Ellen and Bill are married and Bill is Annabelle's dad, whereas in this adaptation, Ellen is a single mom and Bill is her new beau. It also reveals how they switched bodies.


Shelley Long as Ellen/Annabelle

Gaby Hoffmann as Annabelle/Ellen

Alan Rosenberg as Bill

In addition to the principal characters, the movies has supporting cast appearances by Drew Carey, Eileen Brennan, Carol Kane, Sandra Bernhard, Jackie Hoffman, Andrew Keegan and Marla Sokoloff.

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