The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 July 1990 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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Meet Ford Fairlane. To his clients, he's the world's greatest rock n roll detective. To everyone else, he's just a dick. See more »


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Release Date:

11 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ford Fairlane  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$21,413,502 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Actors William Shockley and David Arnott had guest starred on Robert Englund's TV series: "Freddie's Nightmares" a year before. See more »


The level of juice in the mug Coleen Sutton drinks from during her visit. See more »


Amiable Tourist: Excuse me! Could you tell us how to get to Mann's Chinese Theatre?
Ford Fairlane: Go back to Michigan, asswipe.
Amiable Tourist: Oh, we're from Wisconsin.
Ford Fairlane: Yeah, and I'm from my dad's penis. Get out of here.
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Referenced in Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) See more »


Glad to Be Alive
Written by LeRoy Bell and Casey James
Produced by Craig Burbidge and Derek Nakamoto
Performed by Teddy Pendergrass and Lisa Fischer (as Lisa Fisher)
Courtesy of Elektra Records
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A Cast of Characters right out of a Vegas Act
11 January 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

First of all, what a great movie. None stop laughs from one of the very few comedians who can sell out Madison Square Garden. Not only was Dice's performance "Unbelievable" the supporting cast held a lot of big named actors. Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley, Lauren Holly, and the guy who played Freddy Kruger....yeah, what's his name? Anyway, this got a terrible review from the powers to be because it was considered Dice comedy. Still, you can't watch Ford Fairlane without laughing a few times.

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