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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:

He's on the money, off the record, and over the top. 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Robert Englund jumped through a mirror and cracked a television over someone's head. In this film, he jumped through a mirror, but was the one who had a television cracked on his head. See more »

Goofs

The closeup of the keys when Ford Fairlane arrives at the club at the beginning shows a much newer style of Ford key that what was made for that car. In that shot, you can see the correct style on the opposite side of the key ring (farthest from the camera view). See more »

Quotes

Smiley: [after Ford Fairlane's gun lands in his car] No thanks! I've got me own!
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Connections

Referenced in Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Violent Love
(uncredited)
Performed by Oingo Boingo
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Sleazy, barrel scrappingly funny
20 January 2004 | by johnmatrixukSee all my reviews

My friends and I watched this film around about 1993/4 and thought it was that crap, it was funny! I think its definitely a guy movie as it goes lower than a rattle snake gonads. Some of the lines are bizarre like 'benson hearse piece of shit. I have no idea what it means but its sounds funny in the context of the film. Women will hate it as it is very male chauvinist. You either love this film or hate it. I personally loved it, very easy on the brain cells.


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