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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »
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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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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Killing Lydia  »

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A 1981 prime-time screening of this movie on American television was pulled from airing due to the first attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday 13 May. An assassination of a pope was part of the film's storyline. See more »

Goofs

Scarface takes Gloria by surprise in her apartment. From one camera angle he holds around her wrists with her hands close to each other. From another angle her hands are held apart, parallel to her shoulders. See more »

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Fergie: Oh, ho, I'll tell ya, I've been on some dumb calls in my time, but this one tops 'em all. Where did you meet this ding dong anyway? Hey, what's all that stuff about having her for lunch down at the station house tomorrow? You're not even supposed to be riding around with me.
Tony Carlson: It's fate, Fergie. It's kismet.
Fergie: Kismet, my ass. Listen, this girl is weird, Tony...
Tony Carlson: Yeah, yeah, yeah, but she's got the prettiest green eyes I've ever seen.
Fergie: Hey, they're blue. And behind those blue eyes is a fruitcake with ...
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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Referenced in Unseen + Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House (2003) See more »

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Excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan's THE MIKADO
Written by W.S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
Performed by New York City Opera Orchestra (as The New York City Opera) and New York City Opera Chorus (as The New York City Opera)
Conducted by Julius Rudel
Staged by Jack Eddleman
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A sparkling, classic, hilarious Gem of a movie!
2 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite films. A classic in every way, with a wonderful cast, "Foul Play" is truly hilarious (and even scary in parts) with so many memorable lines they have stuck with me for a lifetime. Foul Play stars Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase and features a hilarious turn by Dudley Moore. It also has some memorable supporting parts by Burgess Meredith, Brian Dennehy, Racehl Roberts and Billy Barty. It was directed by Collin Higgins (who wrote Harold and Maude). This is one of my favorite films of all time; they used to play it on T. V. every year on my birthday, but aside from that; it is such a rip roaring classic! There are so many laugh out loud moments from this movie that I have never forgotten--it's also got some great shots of San Francisco and Marin. This movie never fails to make me laugh. "Foul Play" is a must see treat from the 70's!


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