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Foul Play (1978)

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 the creators of "Silver Streak". See more »


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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Killing Lydia  »

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Final film of actress Queenie Smith. See more »

Goofs

Scarface takes Gloria by surprise in her apartment. From one camera angle he holds around her wrists with her hands close to each other. From another angle her hands are held apart, parallel to her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Mundy: Take me home.
Stanley Tibbits: What?
Gloria Mundy: Take me home, please.
Stanley Tibbits: Uh, sure. Um... my place or-or, yours?
Gloria Mundy: Which is closer?
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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Spoofs The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 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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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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