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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

Irwin Fletcher's daydream of playing in the NBA, was based partly on another "Earvin"; former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson. In the movie's promotional poster, Fletch's team ID card bears the name "Magic Christian" (a reference to The Magic Christian (1969), a Peter Sellers movie based on a Terry Southern novel). See more »

Goofs

When we first meet the Underhills, he is arguing with the waiter. Mrs. Underhill calls her husband Tom. Later in the movie when Mr. Underhill is at Mrs. Stanwyk's cabana, he introduces himself as Ted. See more »

Quotes

[driving away from police in car with startled teenager]
Teenager: Are you a cop?
Fletch: As far as you know.
Teenager: Are you gonna take me to jail for car theft?
Fletch: Why? Did you steal the car?
Teenager: I sure did.
Fletch: Well, I'm not even sure that's a crime anymore. There've been a lot of changes in the law.
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References Alien (1979) See more »

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