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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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Trivia

Foul Play (1978) was the first theatrical film to feature a cast member from Saturday Night Live (1975) in a leading role. It was released on July 14, 1978; Animal House (1978) starring John Belushi came out two weeks later on July 28, 1978. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie when the Bishop opens the cabinet and the mirror in the door moves past him, you can see it's a double opening the cabinet, not the actor playing the Bishop. See more »

Quotes

Stella: Gloria, sweetheart, we live in a violent society. Weirdos all around. Get them before they get you.
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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: Space Mutiny (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb (as Barry), Robin Gibb (as Robin) and Maurice Gibb
Sung by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of RSO Records and Tapes
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Chevy-Hawn magic
22 December 2002 | by bodhisattva13See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was nine years old. And I loved it. From the opening shot of Goldie Hawn's VW bug driving along to Barry Manilow's "Ready to Take a Chance Again" to the Pope tapping his foot to "Three Little Maids From School Are We," this movie is pure entertainment. What makes it so funny is it seems an exercise in lateral thinking. A snake that eats cigarettes? An albino hit man? Billy Barty? I love the music in this film and watching Dudley Moore sing "I feel the earth move under my feet" ... while he tries to seduce Hawn, who was the very model of wholesome cuteness in the '70s and '80s. Her pairing with Chase gave us some of the funniest shows of the era. (I also enjoy "Seems Like Old Times.") The only downside to this film - if you see it when you're an impressionable child, you'll always be wondering if someone will stab you through the theater seat. Argh!


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