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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.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Gregory McDonald (character), Leon Capetanos

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When the man Fletch is about to interview turns up dead, Fletch takes it upon himself to figure out who killed him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
Hal Holbrook ... Hamilton "Ham" Johnson
Julianne Phillips ... Becky Culpepper
R. Lee Ermey ... Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
Richard Libertini ... Frank Walker
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Ben Dover
Cleavon Little ... Calculus Entropy
George Wyner ... Marvin Gillet
Patricia Kalember ... Amanda Ray Ross
Geoffrey Lewis ... KKK Leader
Richard Belzer ... Phil
Phil Hartman ... Bly Manager
Titos Vandis ... Uncle Kakakis
Don Hood ... Tom Barbour
Dennis Burkley ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fletch Saved See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When chasing off the Klan, Fletch yells "Zulu, Zulu, Zulu" into the megaphone, and then continues in gibberish, interjecting the line, "Gene Hackman kick your ass!" The previous year Gene Hackman had played an F.B.I. Agent battling the Klan, in Mississippi Burning (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Fletch visits Calculus, Calculus is wearing a pair of brown boots, but after Fletch sits on the water bed and after the comment about the Reverend, Calculus gets up to change the TV channel. He's not wearing his boots anymore. See more »

Quotes

Bly Guard: [Seeing Fletch walk by in an all white suit, with a limp] This is a secure area!
Fletch: Well I'm very happy for ya, most people live in terrible neighborhoods.
Fletch: Are you the head honcho?
Bly Manager: That's right sir, Headly Dan Duke, and what seems to be your problem.
Fletch: The problem IS I agreed to take a shit load of that blue bird crap of your hands and it ain't come yet!
Bly Manager: I'm very sorry sir, and you are...?
Fletch: I ARE PISSED!
[reaches into his white jacket pocket and begins to pull out a fake invoice]
Fletch: Some damn fool told me...
[...]
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Spoofs Jezebel (1938) See more »

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Zydeco Rock
Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
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Ed Harley, Harley Davidson Motorcycle
26 July 2007 | by amck89See all my reviews

Another classic Chevy Chase film. This film is only just better than the previous movie. There are plenty of wise-cracks and smart remarks to keep you laughing. A must see for Chevy Chase fans and comedy fans in general. This film is very similar to the original. Irwin Fletcher has inherited a mansion from his Aunt who has passed away. Soon enough Fletch finds that his land is worth more than he expected, around lets say $250,000. Remember this is back in 1989 and that was a hell of a lot of money back then! Soon enough Fletch discovers that whoever wants his land, will not hesitate to rid him as well. I don't want to give away too much information, it will be better for you to discover it for yourself. Pros - Entertaining Story, many hilarious jokes, Chevy Chase. Cons - Last Fletch film starring Chevy Chase, not quite a satisfying ending for the two films Overall a must see and a guaranteed laugh. Heres a tip, invite a few mates over your place, order some pizza and you are set for a night of entertainment. Movies don't get much better than this.


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