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Fletch (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 31 May 1985 (USA)
Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy.


Michael Ritchie


Gregory McDonald (novel), Andrew Bergman (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Fletch
Joe Don Baker ... Chief Karlin
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Gail Stanwyk
Richard Libertini ... Walker
Tim Matheson ... Alan Stanwyk
M. Emmet Walsh ... Dr. Dolan
George Wendt ... Fat Sam
Kenneth Mars ... Stanton Boyd
Geena Davis ... Larry
Bill Henderson ... Speaker
William Traylor William Traylor ... Mr. Underhill
George Wyner ... Gillet
Tony Longo ... Detective #1
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Gummy
Ralph Seymour ... Creasy


Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, Los Angeles journalist, really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes articles that have caused several heads to roll in the past. Now, Fletch is at it again: In disguise as a bum, he lives at the beach, researching drugs and their dealing. One day, Fletch is addressed by Alan Stanwyk, a rich man, who asks him, the bum, a favour. For the sum of $50,000, Fletch should kill poor cancer-ridden Mr. Stanwyk with a gun, so that his wife will get the insurance money. What the guy didn't think of was Fletch's real profession. Returning into normal life, Fletch instantly takes up research not only to find out that Mr. Stanwyk is healthy as life itself but he also runs into certain connections between drug dealing at the beach, Alan Stanwyk, his private jet, the police and a very expensive piece of Land in Utah. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


PG | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


At the end of the movie, when Fletch hops over the fence and walks along the pool area to gain access to Alan Stanwyk's house, it is the same house used in The Godfather (1972) when movie director Jack Woltz (John Marley) finds the horse head in his bed. See more »


During the car chase with Fletch and the police, the motorcycle cop is flipped when Fletch jumps an embankment. When we see the cop flipped, his helmet is falling away from his head (unstrapped), but when see him hit the grass, his helmet is firmly secured on his head. This whole scene has apparently been fixed/re-edited in the 'Jane Doe Edition' of the movie as now the helmet stays on the cops' head securely during the whole scene. See more »


Fletch: You would have thought that the Vice President knew I was opening the door, but the Secret Service, they just *whack*
[mimes door hitting him in the face]
Fletch: , and there's blood...
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Alternate Versions

The German DVD version (which has a "12" rating) omits Fletch's line "Yeah, go down to the gym and pump each other" - after Karlin asks the arresting officers, "Why don't you two leave us alone?", there is a cut and the two just leave the room. See more »


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 October 2014 (2014) See more »


Name Of The Game
Performed by Dan Hartman
Produced by Dan Hartman and Jimmy Iovine
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User Reviews

Fletch is decent
6 February 2007 | by jillwolensky673See all my reviews

"Fletch" is a reasonably entertaining thriller parody. It's cleverly scripted, containing some truly hilarious moments and colourful supporting characters. Chevy Chase and the other cast suit their roles perfectly and the various disguises provides the film's most delicious laughs as the licentious conductor. Unfortunately, the fun gets a bit tamer towards the end. Good amusement, nevertheless.

They don't make films this light any more unfortunately. We need more feel good movies and less in your face ones that are made for 18 year olds.

Writing is the key.

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Release Date:

31 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,022,970, 2 June 1985

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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