Foul Play (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Thriller  |  14 July 1978 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol ...
Theatre Manager
J.J. MacKuen
Bruce Solomon ...
Pat Ast ...
Mrs. Venus


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia  »

Box Office


SEK 33,316,312 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


The movie's theme song "Ready to Take a Chance Again" was a hit and was on the American charts for sixteen weeks and even garnered a Best Song Academy Award nomination. It was sung by Barry Manilow who also conceived and oversaw its production alongside of Ron Dante. Manilow had another song on the film's soundtrack as well, "Copacabana", which was from Manilow's fourth studio album "Even Now". See more »


When Officer Carlson drives his car into the Italian restaurant, the spaghetti and fork on one of the plates stays perfectly in place as it slides off the overturned table. See more »


Tony Carlson: I think we got off on the wrong foot.
Gloria Mundy: Yes, and it seems to be in your mouth.
Tony Carlson: OK, I deserve that. Listen, it's Gloria, right? You're a really nice girl and I'm a nice guy, and you're very pretty with or without cleavage, and what do you say... would you like to take a shower?
Gloria Mundy: I don't pick up strange men.
Tony Carlson: Well, that's your problem.
Gloria Mundy: So why don't you try it?
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Crazy Credits

Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »


Spoofs Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »


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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Foul Play is good clean fun
5 December 2004 | by (Weehawken NJ) – See all my reviews

The movies served as my babysitter in the late seventies, and watching the new DVD release of Foul Play bought back memories of good times, and the very well done DVD transfer was a joy to watch and listen to.

I can't think of a better movie that puts the late seventies in to perspective; the comedy is simple, the relationships between the characters is lighthearted; heck, even funnier to me is Chevy's offering of a 'joint' to goldie, then saying, "you know they say the cops have the best dope", an ironic pre "war on drugs" line when people had perspective on such things.

The acting is really quite good, Chevy looks great as a young man, and Goldie is absolutely stunning. The cinematography is well done, crisp and clear lighting with that seventies film stock quality that seems better in many ways than the heavily digitally processed look of today. It's refreshing to see, AND to hear- the 5.1 surround was surprisingly good, very clear, and well thought out.

If you are like me, and remember seeing this movie in the late seventies, and would like a treat, rent or buy Foul Play on DVD, a true pleasure indeed.

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