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Fletch (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 31 May 1985 (USA)
Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job, and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy.

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Storyline

Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, Los Angeles journalist, really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes articles that have caused several heads to roll in the past. Now, Fletch is at it again: In disguise as a bum, he lives at the beach, researching drugs and their dealing. One day, Fletch is addressed by Alan Stanwyk, a rich man, who asks him, the bum, a favour. For the sum of $50,000, Fletch should kill poor cancer-ridden Mr. Stanwyk with a gun, so that his wife will get the insurance money. What the guy didn't think of was Fletch's real profession. Returning into normal life, Fletch instantly takes up research not only to find out that Mr. Stanwyk is healthy as life itself but he also runs into certain connections between drug dealing at the beach, Alan Stanwyk, his private jet, the police and a very expensive piece of Land in Utah. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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31 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fletch - Der Troublemaker  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,022,970, 2 June 1985

Gross USA:

$50,612,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,612,888
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In both of Alan Stanwyck's wedding day photos, he's striking the same pose. See more »

Goofs

When Fletch is escaping from the shotgun wielding man in what is supposed to be Provo, Utah, right after his rear window is shot out, you can clearly see Palm trees in the background. Provo, Utah does not have Palm trees indicating the scene was shot somewhere else. Most likely southern California. See more »

Quotes

Gail Stanwyk: What are you doing here?
Fletch: I ordered some lunch.
Gail Stanwyk: You ordered it here?
Fletch: Well, I knew this is where my mouth would be.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Seahorse Seashell Party (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Fletch, Get Outta Town
Performed by Dan Hartman
Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Produced by Dan Hartman and Richard Landis
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Still fun stuff.
25 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Fletch" (circa 1985), the original "Fletch" flick, features Chevy Chase at his prime who, in his own inimitable way, plays a straight-faced, bemused, fast-double-talking investigative reporter who solves a major drug smuggling operation. "Fletch" is currently on the cable merry-go-round and makes for a fun and entertaining watch for Chase fans or Chase fans to be.


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