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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.

Director:

Colin Higgins

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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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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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$44,999,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,999,621
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Farrah Fawcett was in line for the role of Gloria. However, the studio opted for Goldie Hawn when Spelling-Goldberg Productions, the producers of Charlie's Angels (1976), warned all the studios that "they would be sued for damages if they employed me," Fawcett told The Associated Press in 1979. She was still under contract with Spelling-Goldberg when she left the show. See more »

Goofs

When the dwarf shoots out of the metal bin, it is a normal sized man who then plunges into the manhole, revealing it's a stuntman. See more »

Quotes

Delia Darrow: We were attacked, laughed at, and finally imprisoned. But it was there, in those hellholes, where the mind is bound and the spirit is shackled, that we realized that the single most effective way to bring about radical change is the historically proven path of violence.
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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

Spoofs Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Copacabana (At The Copa)
Written by Jack Feldman, Bruce Sussman, and Barry Manilow
Sung by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records
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A comedy thriller that comes out a winner
19 October 2004 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Cute looking Hawn gets mixed up in a big conspiracy and detective Chase is assigned to the case.

This Hitchcockian comedy thriller is a truly wonderful little film. It's cleverly written, expertly acted by the entire ensemble, suspenseful and outrageously funny when it wants to be. This happens to be one of the few movies that can successfully balance comedy and suspense and come out a winner.

The plot isn't easily spotted and old Hitchcock's influence are apparent, but the film feels completely original. Hawn is just wonderful here, Chase in his best ever role but Dudley Moore steals the show as a...well, likable pervert. The Bee Gees song Stayin' Alive will probably best be remembered here, rather than in Saturday Night Fever. You'll know when you see it.

Highly recommended.


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