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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ford Fairlane
... Julian Grendel
... Colleen Sutton
... Don Cleveland
... Jazz
... Zuzu Petals
... Johnny Crunch
... Sam
... The Kid
... Smiley
... Lt. Amos
... Bobby Black
... Club Singer
David Arnott ... Club Guy
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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Kojak. Columbo. Dirty Harry. Wimps. See more »


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11 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Ford Fairlane  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,413,502
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2.35 : 1
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Robert Englund replaced Billy Idol, who had been cast as Smiley, but had to pull out of the role after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident. Englund, who had previously worked with Renny Harlin on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), was personally asked by the director to take over the role after Idol's accident. However, Idol's song "Cradle of Love" is playing at 1:03:35 when the fraternity sister takes Ford Fairlane and Zuzu Petals to her house. See more »

Goofs

The level of juice in the mug Coleen Sutton drinks from during her visit. See more »

Quotes

Ford Fairlane: I could've been a rock singer, if only I hadn't been banned from MTV. Long story. But anyway, I only know that one song. Well, I do a mean "Puff the Magic Dragon," but only in the nude. Longer story.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Funky Attitude
Written and Produced by Sheila E. and Peter Michael Escovedo
Performed by Sheila E.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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It's un-f**kingbelievable!
13 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

There's profanity. Lots of it. PC is out the window! It's derogatory to women. And I can't help but love it. Taking into account the heavily polarized views it's safe to say that you will either hate it or you'll love it. Middle road is very unlikely. But rest assured, IF you love it, the movie will probably make it into your top 10 easy. And after all, that's not all that bad a chance to take. It's not for everyone - I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic evening with your girlfriend. Maybe with your wife :).. But give it a try. You might not hate it.


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