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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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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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A new comedy thriller from the creators of "Silver Streak". See more »


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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Killing Lydia  »

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Trivia

When Gerda asks if Whitey Jackson is the "football player who wears pantyhose on television", this is a reference to former Jets Quarterback Joe Namath, who in the early 1970's, appeared in a TV ad wearing pantyhose. See more »

Goofs

After Tony Carlson has discovered Fergie in the basement, Stiltskin appears and shoots at them. Fergie inexplicably disappears from the scene as Tony takes cover behind the wine racks. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: I think we got off on the wrong foot.
Gloria Mundy: Yes, and it seems to be in your mouth.
Tony Carlson: OK, I deserve that. Listen, it's Gloria, right? You're a really nice girl and I'm a nice guy, and you're very pretty with or without cleavage, and what do you say... would you like to take a shower?
Gloria Mundy: I don't pick up strange men.
Tony Carlson: Well, that's your problem.
Gloria Mundy: So why don't you try it?
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

Connections

Spoofs Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb (as Barry), Robin Gibb (as Robin) and Maurice Gibb
Sung by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of RSO Records and Tapes
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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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