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Fletch Lives (1989)

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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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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>

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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


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$35,150,960 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although they had no scenes together, Patricia Kalember and Julianne Phillips would star together two years later in the NBC drama Sisters (1991). See more »


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 »


KKK Leader: Folks ain't home. Cross won't burn. Hell, it ain't like it used to be.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Chevy Chase = Fletch
13 June 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What a sad world it is when people can sit back and gripe about "Fletch Lives". Tsk, tsk, tsk! First of all, how can anyone pick up a video with this sort of picture of Chevy Chase on the front and expect it to not be stupid--in the best possible sense! Indeed, I admit, the movie is stupid, but that is wholly what I love about it. Sure, if you want a more realistic mystery story, watch the first one. But for purely enjoying Chevy Chase's ridiculous antics, this one surpasses it. Though I can't imagine any other actor who could have pulled this script off and made it anything worthwhile! I generally end up watching this movie at least every few months and have yet to grow tired of it. And yet I have only recently added the first movie to my private collection.

Chevy Chase is one of the best out-and-out comedy actors available in my opinion. And you can't expect him to be serious in a movie that was intended to be anything but.

I think the best part about Chevy Chase as Fletch, is that he lives out those crazy ideas we sometimes get (such as convincing someone of invisible squealing bugs, simply telling someone their house is on fire, and marching into a corporation like you own the place), and he gets away with it when most of us don't dare in the first place. Perhaps the people who can't enjoy him simply don't get the same temptations, and therefore can't see why he appeals to those of us who have to repress the desire to introduce yourself as a famous sixteenth-century astrologer.

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