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Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)

Flash used to be a talented baseball player, but he took to drinking and now he sells stolen watches in the streets. One day he meets Chu Chu, who, before falling into alcoholism like him, ... See full summary »


David Lowell Rich


Barbara Dana (screenplay), Henry Barrow (story)
3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Flash
Carol Burnett ... Emily
Jack Warden ... The Commander
Danny Aiello ... Johnson
Adam Arkin ... Charlie
Danny Glover ... Morgan
Sid Haig ... Vince
Vincent Schiavelli ... B.J.
Ruth Buzzi ... Consuelo
Vito Scotti ... Vittorio
Lou Jacobi ... Landlord
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Betty
Scott Beach Scott Beach ... Harry
Geoff Hoyle Geoff Hoyle ... Clem
Morgan Upton ... Butts


Flash used to be a talented baseball player, but he took to drinking and now he sells stolen watches in the streets. One day he meets Chu Chu, who, before falling into alcoholism like him, was a successful entertainer. Now she still dances, but in the streets, for no more than a cent or two. Luck seems to smile at them the day they find stolen government documents forgotten some place. They decide to return them to their legal owners, but instead of the expected reward money, all they get is a load of trouble. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The comedy adventure of two amateur spies who weren't cut out for intelligence. See more »




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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Street Life See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Emily is dancing on the street dressed as Carmen Miranda, she's sometimes completely in the shadow of the building and sometimes in the sun. See more »

Crazy Credits

First film to use the redesigned 20th Century Fox logo with the "straight" zero. See more »


References Scared Stiff (1953) See more »


Whole Lot of Money
Music by Pete Rugolo
Lyrics by Alan Arkin
Performed by Alan Arkin
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One of my favorite movies, period
29 August 2005 | by askcalSee all my reviews

Carol at her best. Vulnerable, silly yet real. Very romantic. This movie also has a wonderful song with the lyric "All I need is you, sweet baby, and a whole lot of money." This movie is excellent for the entire family (my children love it). I am feverishly trying to buy this movie. I could watch it a thousand times. Did I mention romantic?

The story is full of human elements such as two down and out wannabes finding fulfillment in each other. They are drawn to each other, reluctantly at first, but their love for each other grows and they become inseparable.

Of course, there are villains and bad guys. There are suspenseful scenes where the actors are placed in jeopardy, but you know that there will be a happy ending. This movie will have you rooting for the stars and cheering at the outcome.

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