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Foul Play (1978)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gloria Mundy
... Tony Carlson
... Mr. Hennessey
... Gerda Casswell
... Archbishop Thorncrest
... Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol ... Stella
... Fergie
... Stiltskin
... Theatre Manager
... J.J. MacKuen
... Scarface
Bruce Solomon ... Scott
... Sandy
... Mrs. Venus
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Storyline

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 the creators of "Silver Streak". See more »


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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia  »

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$44,999,621
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A 1981 prime-time screening of this movie on American television was pulled from airing, due to the first attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, May 13, 1981. An assassination of a pope was part of the film's storyline. See more »

Goofs

When Gloria opens her shower curtains and discovers the bathroom window is open, it is clearly night/dark out, but seconds later when she is grabbed by Scarface, bright daylight is coming through the same window. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: Want a joint? You know what they say, cops have the best dope.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Rebel Set (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Fear, then laughter, then fear again, only to laugh so hard it hurts.
7 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

From the beginning when Chevy Chase flirts with Goldie Hawn you get the idea it is going to be offbeat but nothing prepares you for the gems in this movie. The friends, the good guys, the bad guys, even a snake are not always who they seem to be. The target even more of a surprise in a movie that includes Japanese tourists, an albino, a dwarf, a bible salesman, an orchestra conductor, the pope, and the most straight laced librarian in San Francisco. Chevy Chase is the copy you expect from a movie set in San Francisco but nothing else is.

Never have I seen anything like the scene between Ms. Roberts and Mr. Meredith. But there is still a car chase and an opera with a final scene more dramatic than you realize until the sound of one man clapping makes you laugh again and realize how well this whole thing was put together. Take a second curtain call at the end. You all deserve it.


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