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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 ... 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
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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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

The award banquet Fletch interrupts is in honor of Fred Dorfman. Fred Dorfman the name of Kent "Flounder" Dorfman's brother in National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which was originally going to feature Chevy Chase as Eric "Otter" Stratton. Otter was eventually played by Tim Matheson, who also appears in this movie as Alan Stanwyk. See more »

Goofs

When Fletch is called in to assist during the postmortem scene, the doctor comments on the size of the dead patient's spleen during its removal. The doctor is working on the dead patient's right side, however, the human spleen is on the left side (unless the dead patient has a very rare congenital condition). See more »

Quotes

Fletch: Look! Defenseless babies! Fell for the oldest trick in the book!
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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 Baby Cries (2015) See more »

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Is It Over
Performed by Kim Wilde
Produced by Ricki Wilde and Marty Wilde
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A refreshing change of pace!
24 October 2004 | by mrme1013See all my reviews

Fletch is a refreshing departure from most modern crime/mystery flicks, and cop comedies. Chevy Chase plays Fletch, an undercover journalist with a penchant for clever disguises.

The film takes itself seriously, as we see Fletch run from place to place making up names and solving the mystery. What makes this film great is that it's not a comedy by nature, but that the character Fletch is a comical man.

Thus, we laugh at him and the situations he makes for himself. The film doesn't need to poke fun at itself, we have enough fun watching Fletch.

It's hokey at times, and some of the supporting actors can be a little flimsy, but if you're interested in a great light-hearted mystery from the 80's, Fletch is a great watch!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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