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Foul Play (1978)

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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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albino | detective | librarian | police | pope | See more »

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A new comedy thriller from the creators of "Silver Streak". See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The opera being performed in the climactic scenes at the San Francisco Opera House is "The Mikado" by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Excerpts seen in the movie were from the light opera's first act. The production seen in the film was performed by members of the New York City Opera and was conducted by Julius Rudel. The production was allowed to shoot at the opera house for three days which was at the time right in the middle of the theater season. See more »

Goofs

When Gloria escapes from being kidnapped, she's about to open the window when her right comb starts to fall out of her hair, unpinning the right side of her hairdo. In the next shot when she's opening the window, the comb and her hair are back in place. 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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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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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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