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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.

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

American film debut of Dudley Moore. The success of this movie kick-started Moore's American movie career, with successes such as 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981) following. However, his first film seen in America was Bedazzled (1967) directed and produced by Stanley Donen. See more »

Goofs

When the Pinafore mast falls, Whitey Jackson's rifle remains clutched in his hand even though he is obviously dead. See more »

Quotes

Tony Carlson: I play Detective. You play Lady In Distress.
Gloria Mundy: Hey, wait a minute. It's *my* ass they're after.
Tony Carlson: I'm sorry. You're right. That was a stupid, glib, chauvinist remark and I apologize. It *is* your ass they're after, and it's my job to see to it that... I get there first.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Rome-old and Juli-eh (2007) 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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Foul Play is good clean fun
5 December 2004 | by stubotnycSee all my reviews

The movies served as my babysitter in the late seventies, and watching the new DVD release of Foul Play bought back memories of good times, and the very well done DVD transfer was a joy to watch and listen to.

I can't think of a better movie that puts the late seventies in to perspective; the comedy is simple, the relationships between the characters is lighthearted; heck, even funnier to me is Chevy's offering of a 'joint' to goldie, then saying, "you know they say the cops have the best dope", an ironic pre "war on drugs" line when people had perspective on such things.

The acting is really quite good, Chevy looks great as a young man, and Goldie is absolutely stunning. The cinematography is well done, crisp and clear lighting with that seventies film stock quality that seems better in many ways than the heavily digitally processed look of today. It's refreshing to see, AND to hear- the 5.1 surround was surprisingly good, very clear, and well thought out.

If you are like me, and remember seeing this movie in the late seventies, and would like a treat, rent or buy Foul Play on DVD, a true pleasure indeed.


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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

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,999,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,999,621
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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