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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.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Gregory McDonald (novel), Andrew Bergman (screenplay)
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Cast

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

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>

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fletch - Der Troublemaker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,022,970, 2 June 1985

Gross USA:

$50,612,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,612,888
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Mr. Underhill comes to collect the money for his lunch bill, Fletch searches for the time on his non watch-wearing wrist. This is a trademark of Chevy Chase. See more »

Goofs

When Fletch confirms his flight at the airline counter, he is told he is confirmed on Flight 441. Later, when he is reading his letter outlining Mr. Stanwyk's plan, he says "Mr. Stanwyk boarded Pan Am flight 306." See more »

Quotes

Alan Stanwyk: You'll be wearing rubber gloves. Do you own rubber gloves?
Fletch: I rent 'em. I have a lease with an option to buy.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: They'll Do it Every Time: Part One (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Running For Love
Performed by John Farnham
Produced by Harold Faltermeyer
Courtesy of Curb Records/Wheatley Records Pty. Ltd.
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I have to admit, it won me over

I don't particularly care for Chase. I simply usually don't really find him funny. But I did like this. I have not read any of the books. It happened somewhat gradually, but long before this was over, I was enjoying myself. In the long run, the thing's just difficult to resist. Some of the comedy is from sexual matters, but it's never explicit. There is also a little bit of gross-out material. Most of the jokes and gags are based on Fletch's way of handling situations, and his personality as well as in general how he relates to his surroundings. Chevy(the man, I... wouldn't know about the car) carries it rather well, and I found myself quite interested in the whole thing. The plot is good, and keeps developing nicely throughout. Pacing is great, it never gets boring. The music is another quality area. The script is, as well, I wouldn't claim any of this to be predictable, at least not enough to bother. Funny, charming, not at all without tension and may very well keep you guessing until the end. I recommend this to fans of Chevy Chase and possibly(inquire elsewhere would be my suggestion) the title character. 7/10


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