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Foul Play (1978)

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A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.


Colin Higgins


Colin Higgins
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase ... Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith ... Mr. Hennessey
Rachel Roberts ... Gerda Casswell
Eugene Roche ... Archbishop Thorncrest
Dudley Moore ... Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Stella
Brian Dennehy ... Fergie
Marc Lawrence ... Stiltskin
Chuck McCann ... Theatre Manager
Billy Barty ... J.J. MacKuen
Don Calfa ... Scarface
Bruce Solomon ... Scott
Cooper Huckabee ... Sandy
Pat Ast ... Mrs. Venus


When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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A new comedy-thriller from Paramount for Summer '78 See more »


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Did You Know?


Playing Pope Pius XIII was "Mr. San Francisco," Cyril Magnin, that city's real-life first "Chief of Protocol," as well as businessman, power broker, political fundraiser, chief executive, and multi-millionaire. This movie was the first of only two movie roles for Magnin; the other was as Mr. San Francisco in Maxie (1985). See more »


The condition of Gloria's sandwich when she's eating it in the park. See more »


[giving Gloria a rape alarm, a can of MACE and a knuckleduster]
Stella: Take these. Without them, you are a walking light-bulb... waiting to be screwed.
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Crazy Credits

A montage of scenes from the movie play over the end credits, with the cuckoo clock during the THE END disclaimer. See more »


References Appointment with Danger (1950) See more »


Excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan's THE MIKADO
Written by W.S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
Performed by New York City Opera Orchestra (as The New York City Opera) and New York City Opera Chorus (as The New York City Opera)
Conducted by Julius Rudel
Staged by Jack Eddleman
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goldie's gem
9 October 2003 | by ih007b2077See all my reviews

No doubt in my mind that this is Goldie Hawn's best film. She does the dumb blonde thing brilliantly here and she has never looked better. The whole cast is good, although it is definitely very 70s in appearance, which is always a drawback!This is both funny and quite exciting. Very lighthearted and Hitchcockian, it moves along at a fast pace, and is always entertaining. The scenes with Dudley Moore and Goldie are absolutely brilliant and the villains are like those of Bond movies but adapted for screwball comedies. I don't quite know why I like this film so much. Perhaps it's because it's not available on DVD, and things always seem better when you can't have them. For any fans of Goldie out there, this is definitely the film to see, and, if it were available, to own. Can someone please release this on DVD?! For all aspiring dumb blondes, just watch Goldie's gem of a performance. And did I mention that she has never looked better....nor, possibly, has anyone else...ever.

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Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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