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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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Killing Lydia  »

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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 »

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When Gloria and Detective Carlson are leaving to go to the theater, Carlson says that Gloria must come with because she is the only one who can identify Whitey Jackson (he says that she is the only one who has seen him) even though he had previously seen a photograph of Whitey Jackson. See more »

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Theatre Manager: Sylvia. Where ya going, honey?
Sylvia: Look, I'm sorry, Harry. Intermission's in twenty minutes. And I gotta go warm up the ah, wienies.
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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Spoofs Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE
by Carole King
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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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