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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.

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5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

Ford "Mr. Rock n' Roll Detective" Fairlane is experiencing problems, and it's not with the opposite sex. One of them is that all the rock stars pay him with drum sticks, koala bears, food processors and bicycle shorts. Another one of them is that all his employers that want him to find a girl named Zuzu Petals get killed. Why didn't he become a fisherman's detective instead? A must-see for Andrew Dice Clay fans. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Kojak. Columbo. Dirty Harry. Wimps. See more »


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11 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Ford Fairlane  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,413,502 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Englund replaced singer Billy Idol who had been cast as Smiley but had to pull out of the role after a near fatal motorcycle accident. Englund, who had previously worked with Renny Harlin on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), was personally asked by the director to take over the role after Idol's accident. However, Idol's song "Cradle of Love" is playing at 1:03:35 when the fraternity sister takes Ford Fairlane and Zuzu Petals to her house. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when Ford is telling the backstory of rock star Bobby Black when he dies on stage, the song Bobby sings includes the line "No she don't give a... No she don't give a SHIT!" Later, when Ford is watching MTV and sees Zuzu Petals in Bobby's music video, we hear the same lyric, including the word "SHIT". It is a violation of FCC rules to air an obscenity on a broadcast without censoring the word. MTV would be fined and/or reprimanded for airing an uncut version of the lyric. (Ironically, Andrew Dice Clay was banned from MTV for life after using obscene language on the MTV Music Video Awards, thus getting MTV in trouble with the FCC.) See more »

Quotes

Ford Fairlane: Hey, look. Write down my number: 555-6321 Got it?
Twin Club Girl: Yeah. Wait a minute. 555 is not a real number. They only use that in the movies.
Ford Fairlane: No shit, honey. What do you think this is? Real life?
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Connections

Featured in Billy Idol: Cradle of Love (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Funky Attitude
Written and Produced by Sheila E. and Peter Michael Escovedo
Performed by Sheila E.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Excellent flick - way ahead of its time!
26 December 2004 | by (Princeton, NJ) – See all my reviews

FF reminds me much of Howard Stern's flick - you had those that bash it without ever seeing it! Just like Howard's bio - FF is excellent. Its like reading an adult joke book - just that it's up on the big screen.

Clay's acting is better than Stern's. He really knew what he was doing and has great screen presence. This movie SCREAMS for a sequel.

Buy it. I just got my copy at HTTP://committed.to/bestdeals You can't always find it in stores but Blockbuster does have it from time to time.

It is a film that is easy to watch. No thinking required. Chill on the couch with some buds and get goofy.

Enjoy!


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