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Foul Play (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Thriller  |  14 July 1978 (USA)
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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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SEK 33,316,312 (Sweden)
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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

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

Gloria Mundy: Do you have any binoculars?
Stanley Tibbits: What's that? Binoculars. Are you into that, too? Me, as well. I read about it in Penthouse. Just a second.
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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Spoofs The Wrong Man (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready To Take A Chance Again
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Recording created by Barry Manilow and Ron Dante
Sung by Barry Manilow
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22 December 2002 | by (Omaha, Neb) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was nine years old. And I loved it. From the opening shot of Goldie Hawn's VW bug driving along to Barry Manilow's "Ready to Take a Chance Again" to the Pope tapping his foot to "Three Little Maids From School Are We," this movie is pure entertainment. What makes it so funny is it seems an exercise in lateral thinking. A snake that eats cigarettes? An albino hit man? Billy Barty? I love the music in this film and watching Dudley Moore sing "I feel the earth move under my feet" ... while he tries to seduce Hawn, who was the very model of wholesome cuteness in the '70s and '80s. Her pairing with Chase gave us some of the funniest shows of the era. (I also enjoy "Seems Like Old Times.") The only downside to this film - if you see it when you're an impressionable child, you'll always be wondering if someone will stab you through the theater seat. Argh!


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