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Fletch Lives (1989)

 -  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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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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Fletch Saved  »

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$35,150,960 (USA)
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Trivia

Fletch dreams about a Song of the South (1946) re-enactment. Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold mentioned the theme song "Zippedie Doo Dah", having an outburst in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). National Lampoon, in turn, spoofed Disney Pictures: owner of "South". See more »

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In the biker bar scene, it's pouring rain when Fletch goes in. It's dry when they come out. Then the roads are wet again when they go riding to the train. Then, after they jump through the boxcar, it's dry again. See more »

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[Fletch, dressed as a nerdy businessman, has walked into a biker bar]
Fletch: Name's Ed... Ed Harley.
Joe Jack: Ed... you sure you're in the right place?
Fletch: I think so!
Joe Jack: [mocking] Think so!
[all laugh]
Joe Jack: Ed...
[frowning]
Joe Jack: what are you doing in here?
Fletch: I'll give you a hint... Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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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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