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Foul Play (1978)

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

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Storyline

When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia  »

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$44,999,621 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Colin Higgins. See more »

Goofs

Within the first 2 minutes of the film, the Archbishop brings "The Mikado" record into his den/office and puts it on. He puts the sleeve of the record inside the stereo on top of some other, stacked, records. The stereo has a cross on it. As he turns around, the sleeve is on his desk, not his stereo. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: [to Gloria] That's right, honey. You've attacked an innocent dwarf.
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Crazy Credits

A montage of scenes from the movie play over the end credits, with the cuckoo clock during the THE END disclaimer. See more »


Soundtracks

Copacabana (At The Copa)
Written by Jack Feldman, Bruce Sussman, and Barry Manilow
Sung by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records
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I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
21 July 2004 | by (Ft. Myers, Florida) – See all my reviews

My favorite movie of all time. I just love it. Why isn't it on DVD as I've worn out a few VHS Tapes. I first ran this movie while managing a theater in Charleston West Virginia when it was first released and have never tired of it. The acting is very competent and the actors and actresses themselves are used to their fullest. Especially Dudley Moore who plays a great part as only he could. Actually 'Whitey Jackson' is also very competent although I can't recall anything else he acted in. The direction and music is top notch as are the costumes. I just loved the part with the two Japanese tourists. The only criticism that I would have is that the scene in the Italian Restaurant is not well done, but the rest of the movie shines. I also thought the scene in the movie theater with Chuck McCann was inspired and was the scene with the two older ladies playing Scrabble. Truly inspired. But I just wish it would come out on DVD.


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