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Fletch Lives (1989)

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After receiving an inheritance in Louisiana, Los Angeles reporter Irvin Fletcher heads to the Belle Isle plantation where he gets himself into hilarious trouble.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
... Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
... Becky Culpepper
... Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
... Frank Walker
... Ben Dover
... Calculus Entropy
... Marvin Gillet
... Amanda Ray Ross
... KKK Leader
... Phil
... Bly Manager
... Uncle Kakakis
... Tom Barbour
... Joe Jack
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Storyline

Ailing Los Angeles newspaper reporter Irvin "Fletch" Fletcher, in debt, inherits from a aunt "Bell Isle", a sprawling 80-acre Louisiana plantation estate, quits his job and moves east expecting to live like a Dixie king. But he failed to inspect the run-down inheritance, leaving him only a shabby mansion with a shifty caretaker instead of reliable staff. Having celebrated anyway with an attractive lawyer in bed, he wakes up finding her mysteriously murdered and himself jailed, soon to be bailed, as prime suspect. Undaunted by a neighborly lawyer's warning to leave town, he waves foxy real estate agent Becky Culpepper's persistent offer well above the apparent value from a third party and starts snooping why with Becky. That proves a dangerous activity for him and almost anybody around, everything pointing to local magnate Hamilton "Ham" Johnson and his 'Confederate' circle of friends; including TV preacher Jimmy Lee Farnsworth and a dodgy chemical plant. Written by KGF Vissers

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When there's more trouble than one man can handle...there's more than one man for the job.

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Comedy | Mystery | Crime

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17 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fletch Saved  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,045,760, 19 March 1989

Gross USA:

$35,150,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,450,960, 31 December 1989
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Fletch is singing "Zippedie Doo Dah", the Underhills (William Traylor and Grace Gaynor) from the tennis club in Fletch (1985) are dancing right behind Fletch, rackets and all. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, as the camera is zooming in on the men sitting at the table, Richard Belzer is facing the camera, and its movement causes him to look directly at it. He then immediately looks away, realizing his mistake. He also does it again very briefly as the camera is about to pass by his shoulder, again looking away almost immediately. See more »

Quotes

Man: Uh, sir, this is a secure area.
Fletch: Well, I'm very happy for you, son. Most people live in terrible neighborhoods.
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Follows Fletch (1985) See more »

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Fletch Suite (Instrumental)
Performed by Harold Faltermeyer
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Chase's disguises carry the second Fletch film
31 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Fletch Lives" is a so-so comedy. It has a nice plot that keeps it somewhat interesting. But the humor is very spotty. The best of it comes in Chevy Chase's many disguises. His use of phony names – though of real people in history, was funny for one movie, but gets tiring and not too funny in this sequel. The script again has many wisecracks and cliché's – the latter are obviously intentional as a parody of other films and times. But, they just weren't all that funny.

As with the first film, this one has some unnecessary profanity that is a put off for some viewers, and makes the film not suitable for families. What's disappointing to me is that it lacks punch in the humor. With a good enough plot, I think some writers – and Chase in impromptu, could have come up with some newer funnies. Instead, we get much of the same insipid quips for humor that just don't tickle the funny bone.


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