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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

While in Chief Carlin's office, Fletch punches a framed photo of the Chief with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, saying "I hate Tommy Lasorda!" In a sequence that was filmed, but cut, Fletch had another fantasy moment akin to the Lakers Dream where he's pitching in the World Series and Lasorda pulls him from the game. While the sequence never made it into the movie, there are existing production stills of Fletch on the pitchers mound and Lasorda coming to take the ball away from him. See more »

Goofs

When Alan Stanwyck is holding the "Jane Doe" letter (near the end of the film), it states that he was married four years ago. However, it had been established that it was eight years prior and when they read the letter they say eight. See more »

Quotes

Fletch: [entering through the window] If you're wearing rubbers, leave them outside, would you?
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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

Referenced in Ted Lasso: The Diamond Dogs (2020) See more »

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Moon River
Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
Published by Famous Music Corporation
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Classic Chevy
3 March 1999 | by Coxer99See 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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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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