Fletch Lives (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Crime  |  17 March 1989 (USA)
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Fletch is a reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper, but he acts more like a detective. When an obscure relative leaves him a Louisiana mansion in his will, Fletch is naturally curious. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
Becky Culpepper
Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
Calculus Entropy
Amanda Ray Ross
KKK Leader
Bly Manager
Titos Vandis ...
Uncle Kakakis
Don Hood ...
Tom Barbour


Fletch is a reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper, but he acts more like a detective. When an obscure relative leaves him a Louisiana mansion in his will, Fletch is naturally curious. Arriving in Louisiana, events occur that make him suspect that all is not well, and there is more to the property than he has been led to believe. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When there's more trouble than one man can handle...there's more than one man for the job.


Comedy | Mystery | Crime


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Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fletch Saved  »

Box Office


$35,150,960 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bar where Fletch enters as "Ed Harley" is the same bar where Pee Wee Herman does the Tequila dance in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985). See more »


When Fletch pulls over at Becky's office he uses a parking meter to stop. You can clearly see that the parking meter is already cut to break away easier, and does so when he hits it. See more »


Bly Guard: [Seeing Fletch walk by in an all white suit, with a limp] This is a secure area!
Fletch: Well I'm very happy for ya, most people live in terrible neighborhoods.
Fletch: Are you the head honcho?
Bly Manager: That's right sir, Headly Dan Duke, and what seems to be your problem.
Fletch: The problem IS I agreed to take a shit load of that blue bird crap of your hands and it ain't come yet!
Bly Manager: I'm very sorry sir, and you are...?
[reaches into his white jacket pocket and begins to pull out a fake invoice]
Fletch: Some damn fool told me...
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Predictable mystery but fun for fans of Chevy
7 April 2006 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

You had to a fan of Chevy Chase to fully enjoy the first installment but here you have to be a die hard devotee to get the most out of the sequel. The first one had a really good detective story that nearly got buried with wisecracks, but on subsequent viewings it really came alive and it ranks as one of the best movies Chevy Chase has been involved in.

Fletch Lives has Fletch moving to the South where he has inherited a mansion from his aunt. Continuing interest in buying the nearly worthless land for a huge amount of money evokes suspicions and our favorite reporter goes snooping around.

Fletch Lives is not nearly as well crafted or written as the first one, with a rather predictable mystery that doesn't seem to take itself seriously for one second. But it does have some fantastic comic sequences; such as Fletch impersonating a faith healer, Fletch encountering a mean biker gang, a memorable meeting with a fellow inmate and some one great one-liners delivered with style by the great comedian (as you might have guessed; I'm a big fan).

Supporting actors like Hal Holbrook and R. Lee Ermey add to the enjoyment and Chase delivers but when all is said and done Fletch Lives is for fans only who can overlook the shallowness of the film as a whole.

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