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


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11 July 1990 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,413,502 (USA)
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Trivia

In an interview in Movieline magazine, screenwriter Daniel Waters said that working with Andrew Dice Clay was "traumatic". Waters was happy, however, that Clay later said that "Bobby Rivers" wrote the movie, and hoped Clay would forever tout this non-existent scribe as the film's writer. 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

Don Cleveland: [to Julian Grendale] With friends like you, who needs enemas?
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Connections

References Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wind Cries Mary
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Produced and Performed by Richie Sambora
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Very, very, very funny film
20 November 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

This movie always cracks me up. I should note that I'm SO not a fan of Andrew "Dice" Clay, I think his stand-up shows suck, big time. But here, he's simply fantastic as Ford Fairlane, the Rock'n Roll Detective, who mostly gets paid in the form of gifts or memorabilia.

Dice's jokes here work perfectly each time, one quotable line after another ("so many assholes, so few bullets", "you're a poet and didn't know it", "talking with Zuzu is like ************ with a cheese-grinder, slightly enjoyable but mostly painful" to name a few). The film never takes itself seriously, yet somehow keeps it from ever going into slapstick territory.

Supporting actors do well also, Presly is always a stunner, Wayne Newton gives his best ever performance as Fairlane's nemesis and Ed O'Neill is a riot as a former disco singer turned detective. Robert Englund gives a rather amusing performance as a very inept crook who's ultimate fate is nothing short of hilarious.

Finnish director Harlin directs with a sure hand, everything in the technical department in tip top shape and it's very visually stylish at times. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is definitely not for everyone, but it's not only for die hard Clay fans, since I sure as hell ain't one of them. But I think he's perfect here and the film is very funny and comes highly recommended by me.


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