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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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A new comedy-thriller from Paramount for Summer '78 See more »


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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

Dudley Moore's conducting isn't always consistent with the music. This may not be a goof. A real orchestra conductor is always half a beat ahead of the music. It would be incorrect for him to be completely in sync with the music. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: Gloria, just sit back and enjoy the fire. I'm pouring you a nice, warm, albino martini. Here you go, drink this, then it's off to bed.
Gloria Mundy: You should have been a doctor.
Tony Carlson: Okay, we'll play whatever you like.
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I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE
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A comedy thriller that comes out a winner
19 October 2004 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Cute looking Hawn gets mixed up in a big conspiracy and detective Chase is assigned to the case.

This Hitchcockian comedy thriller is a truly wonderful little film. It's cleverly written, expertly acted by the entire ensemble, suspenseful and outrageously funny when it wants to be. This happens to be one of the few movies that can successfully balance comedy and suspense and come out a winner.

The plot isn't easily spotted and old Hitchcock's influence are apparent, but the film feels completely original. Hawn is just wonderful here, Chase in his best ever role but Dudley Moore steals the show as a...well, likable pervert. The Bee Gees song Stayin' Alive will probably best be remembered here, rather than in Saturday Night Fever. You'll know when you see it.

Highly recommended.


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