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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
... Chief Jerry Karlin
... Gail Stanwyk
... Frank Walker
... Alan Stanwyk
... Dr. Joseph Dolan
... Fat Sam
... Stanton Boyd
... Larry
... Speaker
William Traylor ... Ted Underhill
... Marvin Gillet
... Detective #1
... Gummy
... 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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Fletch. Until last week, he was just another mild-mannered reporter fighting for truth, justice and a window office. Now he's being threatened, shot at, accused and arrested. And that's by the people he's trying to help. But there's still one thing even more dangerous than his work. His love life. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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31 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fletch - Der Troublemaker  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the film's original Dolby Stereo track, only the film score and music has any stereophonic or surround sound. There is no left, right or surround activity on the basic film track. See more »

Goofs

When 'Gordon Liddy' is talking with the two plane mechanics, around the time he burns his arm, a propeller plane appears and disappears behind the jet plane that they are working on. See more »

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Fletch: [narrating] In case you haven't guessed yet, there's been a lot of drug traffic on the beach. And I'm not talking about Robitussin and No-Doze. I'm talking about the hard stuff, and a lot of it. I've been trying to find out who's behind it. It hasn't been easy. I don't shower much.
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Is It Over
Performed by Kim Wilde
Produced by Ricki Wilde and Marty Wilde
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Classic Chevy
3 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Chevy Chase's finest comedy. It's the part that he really sunk his teeth into. It's a perfect blend of humor, mystery and drama. Although Chase gets more mileage out of it because of the laughs, it's an intriguing character in all respects.

Michael Ritchie directs nicely and the supporting cast works well, particularly Libertini as Fletch's noisy and brassy editor in chief. This is a film that is filled with more classic one liners than any film in the 1980's. It's one that makes us miss the old Chase and wonder why he's planning to make yet another "Vacation" movie.

We miss you, Chevy!


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