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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 <>

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


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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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Delia Darrow: Whitey Jackson? Is he the football player that wears the pantyhose on TV?
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Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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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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