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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

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve Martin read for the role of Tony Carlson, which in the end was cast with Chevy Chase. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, when Gloria picks up Scotty on the side of the highway, a cameraman is visible after Scotty gets in the car and Gloria begins to drive off. See more »

Quotes

Delia Darrow: [Delia returns to the study and slams the door behind her, looking livid] Well fellas, now the shit has really hit the fan!
[Camera pans to each thug: Whitey, Stiltskin, and Turk]
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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 Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi (2005) 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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One of the best comedies of the seventies!
22 December 2006 | by bobwhtSee all my reviews

Goldie Hawn is gorgeous as always. Dudley Moore is unforgettable as the sex mad Englishman and a very young Chevy Chase is terrific as the handsome cop. A very funny comedy with well chosen music from Gilbert and Sullivan and Barry Manilow. Look out for the two old ladies playing Scrabble......hilarious. The plot revolves around Goldie and a gang of assassins who get her and the cops very confused and results in a great many hilarious moments and a great deal of action. The film is, in some places, reminiscent of the slapstick comedies of the 30's and 40's and the car chase is similar to the many car chases that have been filmed on the streets of San Francisco e.g. Bullitt and What's Up Doc? Highly recommended.


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