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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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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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Killing Lydia  »

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SEK 33,316,312 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Playing Pope Pius XIII was "Mr. San Francisco" Cyril Magnin, that city's real-life first "Chief of Protocol", as well as businessmen, power broker, political fund-raiser, chief executive and multi-millionaire. This movie was the first of only two ever movie roles Magnin, the other was as Mr San Francisco in the film Maxie (1985). See more »

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Right after Mr Hennessey offers Gloria a cookie, there is a shot of Esme the snake. Someone's foot, likely a trainer is visible at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: What do you say to a bottle of wine and a couple of steaks?
Gloria Mundy: Well, you could start by saying, "Hello".
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Excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan's THE MIKADO
Written by William S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
Performed by THE NEW YORK CITY OPERA
Conducted by Julius Rudel
Staged by Jack Eddleman
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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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