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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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Release Date:

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

In both of Alan Stanwyck's wedding day photos, he's striking the same pose. See more »

Goofs

Everytime the name "Stanwyk" is spelled in the first part of the film, it is spelled "Stanwyk". Fletch spells the name for his research assistant (played by Geena Davis) - STANWYK, no "C". The credits of the film say it is "Stanwyk". But when Fletch is at the ticket counter, the computer screen says "Stanwyck". See more »

Quotes

Chief Karlin: [shoving Fletch into a wall] Dipshit! You go back on that goddamn beach and you won't live to regret it! All right?
Fletch: [sees a picture on the wall] Hey, you and Tommy LaSorda!
Chief Karlin: Yeah.
Fletch: I hate Tommy LaSorda!
[punches glass out of the picture frame]
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Connections

Referenced in Robot Chicken: Junk in the Trunk (2005) See more »

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Is It Over
Performed by Kim Wilde
Produced by Ricki Wilde and Marty Wilde
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never underestimate Chevy Chase's power
4 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

In what may have been the high point of Chevy Chase's career, he plays Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a reporter who writes a column under the name Jane Doe. When a man hires Fletch to kill him, Fletch decides to investigate the man. As you might imagine, in the process, he gets more than he bargained for. And there's several gags throughout the movie.

Of course, since this is a Chevy Chase movie, you don't even really need to pay attention to the plot. It's overall just an excuse for the star to goof off. Maybe not as much as he did on "Saturday Night Live" or in "National Lampoon's Vacation", but he's still funny as ever. He must have had fun making this movie.


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