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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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Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Gregory McDonald (character), Leon Capetanos

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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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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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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References Elmer Gantry (1960) See more »

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Bim Bam, Thank You Mam
Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
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'Fletch Lives'… and he's better for it!
13 December 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Irwin Fletcher, or better known as 'Fletch' is a Los Angeles investigative reporter, who quits his job and heads to Belle Isle a vast 80-arce Louisiana plantation that he has inherited from his late aunt. But soon after meeting the lovely attorney and spending the night together, she is mysteriously dead the next morning. This is where the trouble comes along, with a local lawyer telling him to leave town, and a stunning real estate agent has come to make Fletch a healthy offer for his estate. Though Fletch thinks there's something fishy about all of this and he goes to hilarious lengths to figure the real truth about why someone wants his land.

It never seems to amaze me, about how much I get out of this flick. Sure, there's nothing truly great about this feature and you can call it pointless and crude, but I never get tired of the shenanigans and Chevy's wittiness. You could say it's a guilty pleasure of mine that will always be a favourite, no matter what anyone else thinks. 'Fletch Lives' is basically more or less a vehicle for Chevy Chase's dry, smart-ass humour, and his prominently cunning persona. Really, that's about it. During this stage he was one of the funniest comedians in his prime. The others stars who appeared, in the likes of Hal Holbrook, R. Lee Ermey, Julianne Phillips and Richard Libertini basically play off Chase's character and fall under the mockery of his heavy-handed humour. But still, amongst their stupidity are fun performances from the support roles. The beautiful woman in the film seem to be there only for showpieces and to always fall under Fletch's charismatic appeal. Meaning they look nice, but really that's about it.

I'll even go to say that this sequel truly outdoes the original. By containing far more laughs and gags that actually work than that of the original. I don't mind the original, I like it. If you think this sequel is going to be just like the 'Fletch', forget it. It's far from it actually. While the original film was more a mystery story that led into ingenious gags. The mystery in this one takes a back step, and that's a BIG one too. The thin story and Chase's narration isn't much to go by, so most of the elements (or better put, little episodes) provided in the flick are their to give Chase some ammo to pock fun at, while dressing up in his offbeat disguises. In doing so, it basically comes off as parodying that of some movies (look at the title) and the southern states, especially by ridiculing the KKK and Religious gatherings. Some of these scenarios are embarrassing and have no meaning but to pad out the film. But that being said the action and laughs barely let up, as you just roll on with the sharp humour and punch lines. Honestly, its inane drivel that's for sure, but everyone pulls it off well enough. The comical aspect is basically tongue-in-cheek, with a touch of dry remarks and underlying sexual perversion. For some it might be offensive and lowbrow, but I couldn't help myself from raising a smirk from time to time. Chevy Chase's cool-as-ice performance was great fun, and I just enjoyed his manic absurdity overall and Cleavon Little was delightful as Calculus Entropy the caretaker of Fletch's estate.

Nothing will totally gobs-smack you about it, but it's just a sentimental favourite of mine, which I always find something joyous upon each viewing.


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