Freaky Friday (1995 film)
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|Based on||Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers|
|Written by||Stu Krieger|
|Directed by||Melanie Mayron|
Lisa Harlow Stark
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Joan Van Horn|
|Editor(s)||Henk Van Eeghen|
|Running time||86 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||May 6, 1995|
|Preceded by||Freaky Friday (1976 film)|
|Followed by||Freaky Friday (2003 film)|
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 fourth in a series of four remakes of Disney films produced for broadcast on ABC during the 1994–95 television season.
A mother, Ellen (Shelley Long), and daughter, Annabelle (Gaby Hoffmann), find it difficult to get along with each other, each professing that the other has no idea what her life is like. A pair of magical amulets causes the two of them to switch bodies for a day, after which they have reached a better understanding of each other.
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.
In addition to the leads Shelley Long, Gaby Hoffmann, and Alan Rosenberg (as Ellen's boyfriend Bill), the film features several notable actors in supporting and cameo roles: Eileen Brennan as Annabelle's principal, Carol Kane as twin sister teachers, Drew Carey as a government-paid repo man, Sandra Bernhard as an impatient fashion retailer, Jackie Hoffman as the swim team coach, Andrew Keegan as Annabelle's love interest Luke, and Marla Sokoloff as the school's resident queen bee.