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Fletch -- Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a newspaper reporter who changes his identity more often than his underwear in order to get the story of the year.
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Gregory McDonald (novel)
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Release Date:
31 May 1985 (USA) See more »
Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher

Joe Don Baker ... Chief Jerry Karlin

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Gail Stanwyk

Richard Libertini ... Frank Walker

Tim Matheson ... Alan Stanwyk

M. Emmet Walsh ... Dr. Joseph Dolan

George Wendt ... Fat Sam

Kenneth Mars ... Stanton Boyd

Geena Davis ... Larry
Bill Henderson ... Speaker
William Traylor ... Ted Underhill

George Wyner ... Marvin Gillet

Tony Longo ... Detective #1

Larry Flash Jenkins ... Gummy

Ralph Seymour ... Creasy

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

James Avery ... Detective #2
Reid Cruickshanks ... Sergeant

Bruce French ... Dr. Holmes
Burton Gilliam ... Bud
David W. Harper ... Teenager (as David Harper)
Chick Hearn ... Chick Hearn

Alison La Placa ... Pan Am Clerk (as Alison Laplaca)

Joe Praml ... Watchman

William Sanderson ... Jim Swarthout
Penny Santon ... Velma Stanwyk
Robert Sorrells ... Marvin Stanwyk
Beau Starr ... Willy
Nico De Silva ... Waiter
Peggy Doyle ... Identification Nurse
Rick Garcia ... Waiter
Grace Gaynor ... Mrs. Underhill
Freeman King ... Cop #1
Loraine Shields ... Records Nurse
Bill Sorrells ... Surfer Cop
Arnold F. Turner ... Reporter #2 (as Arnold Turner)
Roger Ammann ... Cop #3
Mary Battilana ... Madeline Turner
Henry 'Hank' Bleeker ... Surfer Cop #2
Donald Chaffin ... Banquet Guest
Darren Dublin ... Reporter
Kristine M. Gossman ... Secretary
Irene Olga López ... Maid
Merv Maruyama ... Chinese Busboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Conrad Hurtt ... Homeless Man on the Beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
Writing credits
Gregory McDonald (novel)

Andrew Bergman (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Douglas .... producer
Alan Greisman .... producer
Gordon A. Webb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Harold Faltermeyer 
Cinematography by
Fred Schuler 
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris 
Casting by
Patricia Mock 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
Art Direction by
Todd Hallowell 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist
Production Management
Gordon A. Webb .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wolfgang Glattes .... first assistant director
Warren Gray .... second assistant director: second unit
Peter Norman .... second unit director
Larry Rapaport .... second assistant director
Chuck Sanford .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Michael Dale .... property assistant
Leonard Early .... construction foreman
Louis M. Mann .... set designer (as Louis Mann)
Paul Myerberg .... lead man
Pat O'Connor .... property master
Richard Reseigne .... construction coordinator (as Dick Reseigne)
Matty Azzarone .... property master (uncredited)
Ted Wilson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Greg Agalsoff .... boom operator
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
David Franklin Bergad .... apprentice sound editor
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... adr editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... dialogue editor
Ronald Jacobs .... supervising sound editor
Michael Magill .... assistant sound editor
Paul E. Miller .... sound recordist (as Paul Miller)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard R. Portman)
Robert Shoup .... sound editor
Karen Spangenberg .... sound editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Eric Roberts .... special effects (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts (as Vince Paul Deadrick Jr.)
Richard L. Duran .... stunts (as Richard Duran)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Dean Jeffries .... stunt coordinator
Neal Kaz .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts (as William Carey Loftin)
Ray Marek .... stunts
John P. McGroarty .... stunts
Rick Overton .... stunts
John S. Platt .... stunts (as John Platt)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Lance Warlock .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Clyde E. Bryan .... assistant camera (as Clyde Bryan)
Stephen Clark .... grip
Earl Gilbert .... chief lighting technician
Jeff Goldenberg .... assistant camera
Rhio Haessig .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jud Kehl .... assistant camera (as Judd Kehl)
William Kenney .... grip (as Bill Kenney)
Gary B. Kibbe .... director of photography: second unit (as Gary Kibbe)
Henry M. Lebo .... camera operator (as Hank Lebo)
Mike Mandel .... grip
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Raymond Stella .... camera operator (as Ray Stella)
Randy Tepper .... still photographer
Arvel Youngblood .... assistant chief lighting technician
Kenneth Zunder .... assistant camera (as Ken Zunder)
Audie Aragon .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carol Lefko .... casting assistant
Carlos Tappin .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James W. Tyson .... assistant costume designer (as Jim Tyson)
James W. Tyson .... costumer: men (as Jim Tyson)
Editorial Department
Pamela Easley .... apprentice film editor
Jack Garsha .... color timer
Toni Morgan .... assistant film editor
Wally Weber .... negative cutter
Ron S. Herbes .... trailer editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ken Lubin .... transportation captain
Craig Pinkard .... transportation coordinator
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Joe Bernard .... craft service
Jonathan Burrows .... produced by special arrangement with
Cheryl Burton .... assistant: Mr. Greisman
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
Pamela Cederquist .... production assistant
Mark Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator
Wolfgang Glattes .... production consultant
Roz Glazer .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Phyllis Gardner Hirsen .... unit publicist
Ray Whitehead Kuhn .... assistant: Mr. Ritchie
James Maull .... auditor (as Jim Maull)
George McDowell Agnew .... intern (as George McDowell)
Karin McElhatton .... animal trainer (as Karin Dew)
Ira S. Rosenstein .... location manager (as Ira Rosenstein)
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Daniel Cameron .... security officer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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On the film's original Dolby Stereo track, only the film score and music has any stereophonic or surround sound. There is no left, right or surround activity on the basic film track.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Fletch:You know, what tipped it for me was something your wife said while we were in bed together.
Alan Stanwyk:Oh? And what was that?
Fletch:Curiously, she said we had roughly the same build. From the waist up, I imagine.
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A refreshing change of pace!, 24 October 2004
Author: mrme1013 from Minnesota, USA

Fletch is a refreshing departure from most modern crime/mystery flicks, and cop comedies. Chevy Chase plays Fletch, an undercover journalist with a penchant for clever disguises.

The film takes itself seriously, as we see Fletch run from place to place making up names and solving the mystery. What makes this film great is that it's not a comedy by nature, but that the character Fletch is a comical man.

Thus, we laugh at him and the situations he makes for himself. The film doesn't need to poke fun at itself, we have enough fun watching Fletch.

It's hokey at times, and some of the supporting actors can be a little flimsy, but if you're interested in a great light-hearted mystery from the 80's, Fletch is a great watch!

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