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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 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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Trivia

The name of Goldie Hawn's character, Gloria Mundy, is taken from the Latin phrase "Sic transit gloria mundi", which translates as "So passes the glory of the world" or "Thus passes the glory of the world". The phrase was used until 1963 in the papal coronation ceremony. See more »

Goofs

During the climactic sequence in the theatre, one particular verse from "The Mikado" can be heard repeated in the background in two consecutive scenes. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: I play Detective. You play Lady In Distress.
Gloria Mundy: Hey, wait a minute. It's *my* ass they're after.
Tony Carlson: I'm sorry. You're right. That was a stupid, glib, chauvinist remark and I apologize. It *is* your ass they're after, and it's my job to see to it that... I get there first.
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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References The Desert Hawk (1950) See more »

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Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb (as Barry), Robin Gibb (as Robin) and Maurice Gibb
Sung by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of RSO Records and Tapes
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An entertaining espionage thriller - clever and funny
12 October 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Chevy Chase is not a great comedian, at least not anymore, but at one point in his career he WAS funny. He had talent. This film proves it. Although most of us today remember him fondly as the dad from the "Vacation" movies, he plays a different type of character here, and it is effective. He's still humorous (I've never seen him play a 100% serious dramatic role) but less stupid than usual, and his character - a police officer - calls for a more realistic attitude.

He's assigned to help Goldie Hawn's character in the film, who is being pursued by an albino and the Catholic church after a microchip is given to her by a dying man on the street. After a failed assassination attempt, she calls the police, but only Chase believes her.

Hawn lives in an apartment building maintained by the late Burgess Meredith. This was two years after the success of "Rocky" and Meredith was making a name for himself with the younger crowds. The film, as a result, lends him a solid role that he fulfills.

The film isn't an uproarious comedy but it is very entertaining and occasionally quite funny. Best viewed late at night on the weekend.


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