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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 Paramount for Summer '78 See more »


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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Killing Lydia  »

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First of only three feature films as a director for screenwriter Colin Higgins. The subsequent ones were 9 to 5 (1980) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). 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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Stella: Suppose that guy attacked you instead of pulling that weird stunt in the theater, huh? What would you have done?
Gloria Mundy: I would have hit him with my umbrella.
Stella: Talk about ancient! Really, honey, you've got to drag yourself into the Seventies! You've got to get some merchandise!
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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References Madeleine (1950) See more »

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Copacabana (At The Copa)
Written by Jack Feldman, Bruce Sussman, and Barry Manilow
Sung by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Lots of fun
29 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Likable comedy murder mystery. Gloria Mundy (Goldie Hawn) gets involved with an assassination attempt. Cop Chevy Chase is hired to protect her. There's more to the plot but that's the basics.

This is a beautiful movie--shot on location in San Francisco. The stars are likable; the script is interesting, if all little too confusing and there are many funny--and suspenseful--moments throughout. I saw this back in 1978 and loved it and it still holds up beautifully. A lot of people says this plagiarizes Hitchcock. It does a little but it's so entertaining it doesn't really matter.

Chase is good in his first film after leaving "Saturday Night Live" and Hawn is just delightful. There's also strong support from Burgess Meredith, Brian Dennehy and Dudley Moore. Also there are some beautiful shots of San Francisco all through the movie. And it starts off great with the Barry Manilow song "Ready To Take A Chance Again". Just basically a great big fun commercial film. Well worth catching. I'm only giving it a 9 because it IS a little too long.


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