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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Daniel Waters (screenplay), James Cappe (screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Dice Clay ... Ford Fairlane
Wayne Newton ... Julian Grendel
Priscilla Presley ... Colleen Sutton
Morris Day ... Don Cleveland
Lauren Holly ... Jazz
Maddie Corman ... Zuzu Petals
Gilbert Gottfried ... Johnny Crunch
David Patrick Kelly ... Sam
Brandon Call ... The Kid
Robert Englund ... Smiley
Ed O'Neill ... Lt. Amos
Vince Neil ... Bobby Black
Sheila E. ... Club Singer
David Arnott David Arnott ... Club Guy
Mark Goldstein Mark Goldstein ... Club Guy
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Storyline

Ford "Mr. Rock n' Roll Detective" Fairlane is experiencing problems, and it's not with the opposite sex. One of them is that all the rock stars pay him with drum sticks, koala bears, food processors and bicycle shorts. Another one of them is that all his employers that want him to find a girl named Zuzu Petals get killed. Why didn't he become a fisherman's detective instead? A must-see for Andrew Dice Clay fans. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Taglines:

Kojak. Columbo. Dirty Harry. Wimps. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ford Fairlane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,413,502
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview in Movieline magazine, screenwriter Daniel Waters said that working with Andrew Dice Clay was "traumatic". Waters was happy, however, that Clay later said that "Bobby Rivers" wrote the movie, and hoped Clay would forever tout this non-existent scribe as the film's writer. See more »

Goofs

The level of juice in the blender. See more »

Quotes

Ford Fairlane: [falling off roof of Capitol Records building] My hair. My hair.
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Connections

Referenced in Luonteita: Renny Harlin (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock 'N Roll Junkie
Written by Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee
Produced by Bob Rock
Performed by Mötley Crüe
Courtesy of Elektra Records
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User Reviews

Lose your ego!
11 January 2002 | by xysmachineSee all my reviews

The title of my post says it all for the ratings this movie received. I mean less than a 5?? This movie is in the cult classic section in every video store I go to! Sure this movie was harsh and witty while poking fun at the music industry of the late 80s/early 90s. And for those of you familiar with the late 80s/early 90s music scene, you'll remember how chaotic it was back then! This movie is a testament to all the decadent happenings during that time. Although filled with campy one-liners, an all-star cast, and extremely vulgar material, it's a Dice movie after all! That's how it's supposed to be! Granted this movie is not for everyone, it's still fun to just sit there and laugh along with the movie's gags. Offensive maybe, cheesy maybe. Get over it ya wimp!


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