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Fletch Lives (1989)

After receiving an inheritance in Louisiana, LA reporter Irvin Fletcher heads to the Belle Isle plantation where he gets himself into hilarious trouble.

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When the man Fletch is about to interview turns up dead, Fletch takes it upon himself to figure out who killed him.

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Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
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Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
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Calculus Entropy
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Amanda Ray Ross
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KKK Leader
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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. 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>

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

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17 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Fletch Saved  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,150,960 (USA)
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The character Jimmy Lee Farnsworth satires actual televangelist 'Peter Popoff'. Directly mimicking his powers of "healing touch" and being radioed information through a hidden earpiece. However in the Popoff situation, his wife was on the radio. See more »

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When Fletch visits Calculus, Calculus is wearing a pair of brown boots, but after Fletch sits on the water bed and after the comment about the Reverend, Calculus gets up to change the TV channel. He's not wearing his boots anymore. See more »

Quotes

Hamilton "Ham" Johnson: So tragic when this happens to somebody so young and healthy. Was she feeling alright last night?
Fletch: She felt great to me.
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References Elmer Gantry (1960) See more »

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Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
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Not quite the first... which is not to say that it doesn't make for a fine viewing
21 May 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Since I enjoyed the first, and this one also aired on TV, I gave it a chance, too. It defines itself very strongly as a sequel(in spite of not actually referencing the start of this series, at least as far as I could tell)... scenes and occurrences from the film it follows are redone with something of a step up... in intensity. It's perfectly clear from the start that this tries to outdo the other by making it all "bigger". It doesn't all work, and on the whole I'd go for Fletch before this. The gross-out comedy for example did not need to go that far... nor did the sexual material. To be entirely honest, I didn't particularly care for all the jabs at the South, either. But it still is funny, and I was into this, as well. The dry wit returns. The plot isn't bad, if the ending is a bit much. Pacing is pretty good, and some of the stuff that is of a larger scale than last time around is worthwhile. The acting is fairly solid, and Ermey does a nice job(and Chase). Hartman had far too little to do, for how entertaining he could be(R.I.P.), though I suppose fully unleashing him would compromise the style of humor(not to mention overshadow Chevy). The music is great. The mystery is interesting, and the script isn't bad(though the man behind it doesn't seem to have worked since... hmmm...). I recommend this to fans of the character, the movie that came before this, and/or Chevy Chase(people who like what he does, not the... man himself). 6/10


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