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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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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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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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31 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$46,700,000 (USA)
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When Fletch (Chevy Chase) and Gail Stanwyk (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) confront Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson), and he says he's going to kill them both, Fletch says, "Oops". To which Gail says, "'Oops'? What do you mean 'oops'? What are you saying 'oops' for?" This line is from an old Bill Cosby routine about a doctor operating on a patient and then saying "Oops" during the operation. See more »

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Mrs. Stanwyk knocks Chief Karlin unconscious, with one strike to his shoulder with a wooden tennis racket. See more »

Quotes

Fletch: Oh, you've remodeled the garage. Must have cost you hundreds.
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Moon River
Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
Published by Famous Music Corporation
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Wisecrack mystery yarn
13 December 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Chevy Chase plays investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher, nicknamed Fletch, who's disguising himself as a junkie on the beach to uncover a smuggling ring. He gets spotted by Tim Matheson, a real estate millionaire, who asks Fletch to kill him so his wife can receive the inherit. Fletch goes snooping around and finds out that his smuggling ring investigation might somehow be tied to the millionaire.

With a different leading man this film could very well have been a full blown thriller. Imagine John Frankenheimer directing and Robert De Niro starring. But, in dealing with what's at hand, Fletch is a good comedy where Chase can showcase his range of disguises and delivery of good one-liners. Chase absolutely smothers the film with wisecracks and the overall very well constructed mystery is nearly overlooked. With repeated viewings I've actually come to appreciate the film more for it's genuinely gripping detective story elements, it really does boast a solid mystery that unfolds well.

There's one thing for sure here; you have to be a fan of Chevy Chase for this film to work for you. Since I'm a fan the film is in high regard. Chase's wisecracks aren't all brilliant but they're mostly very good and here he's at the top of his game.

Fletch and Clark Griswold are the two characters Chevy Chase will most be remembered for.


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