Fletch

Fletch

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Director: Michael Ritchie

Cast: Chevy Chase, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Tim Matheson

     
 

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Chevy Chase is a wisecracking reporter in the comedy Fletch. The film is presented in a decent 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that features vibrant colors and solid black levels. While the transfer displays a few imperfections (including some color muting, dirt, and edge enhancement), overall this is a fine picture that should please fans. The soundtrack

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Chevy Chase is a wisecracking reporter in the comedy Fletch. The film is presented in a decent 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that features vibrant colors and solid black levels. While the transfer displays a few imperfections (including some color muting, dirt, and edge enhancement), overall this is a fine picture that should please fans. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in both English and French. The soundtrack is very much on par with the video presentation -- while serviceable, it's certainly nothing spectacular. Fidelity and Surround sounds are very minimal with hiss and distortion almost always absent. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. Fans of Fletch will be very disappointed to see the film get such shoddy DVD treatment when it comes to bonus materials -- the only extra features available on this disc include a few pithy production notes, some cast and crew bios, and a theatrical trailer for the film.

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Along with brethren like Animal House, Caddyshack, and Stripes, Fletch has earned its place among a choice few endlessly quotable movies, and not just among slacker cinephiles who think of it as their comedic Bible. In his only classic leading role (Clark Griswold from Vacation falls just short, and he's part of an ensemble in Caddyshack), Chevy Chase is such a genius wordsmith, talking circles around one befuddled character after another, that it reaches the sublime. The numerous wacky identities he assumes are really only a surface gimmick, not necessary with dialogue this snappy and smart. Chase makes it easy to understand why this guy would be both a riot to be around and a major source of exasperation. Director Michael Ritchie goes a little heavy on intrigue, using one too many synthesized suspense songs better suited to a movie like Beverly Hills Cop, but Chase's smarter-than-thou schtick delivers more than enough laughs to offset these gestures. The credentials of screenwriters Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), Phil Alden Robinson (All of Me), and Jerry Belson (Smile) blend perfectly to create material that's just right for Chase's deadpan deliveries, as well as a plot that's sufficiently serpentine and genuinely interesting. Whether posing as a mattress-tag inspector or running up endless food orders on the bill of a country club prig, Chase is the smooth prankster we all wish we could be.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1998
UPC:
0025192028526
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chevy Chase I.M. Fletcher
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Gail Stanwyk
Tim Matheson Alan Stanwyck
Joe Don Baker Chief Karlin
Richard Libertini 'Frank' Walker
Geena Davis Larry
George Wendt Fat Sam
M. Emmet Walsh Dr. Dolan
Kenneth Mars Stanton Boyd
Larry "Flash" Jenkins Gummy
Ralph Seymour Creasy
Mary Battilana Madeline Turner
Nico de Silva Waiter
Donald Chaffin Banquet Guest
Bill Henderson Speaker
William Traylor Mr. Underhill
George Wyner Gillet
Tony Longo Detective
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Himself
James Avery Detective
Reid Cruickshanks Sergeant
Bruce French Pathologist
Burton Gilliam Bud
David W. Harper Teenager
Chick Hearn Himself
Alison La Placa Pan Am Clerk
Joe Praml Watchman
William Sanderson Swarthout
Penny Santon Velma Stanwyk
Robert Sorrells Marvin Stanwyk
Beau Starr Willy
Rick Garcia Waiter
Grace Gaynor Mrs. Underhill
Freeman King Cop #1
Bill Sorrells Surfer Cop
Arnold Turner Reporter
Darren Dublin Reporter
Irene Olga Lopez Maid

Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Jerry Belson Screenwriter
Andrew Bergman Screenwriter
Ken Chase Makeup
Peter Vincent Douglas Producer
Harold Faltermeyer Score Composer
Franne Golde Songwriter
Alan Greisman Producer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Todd Hallowell Art Director
Richard A. Harris Editor
Dan Hartman Songwriter
Dean Jeffries Stunts
Boris Leven Production Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Stephanie Mills Songwriter
Phil Alden Robinson Screenwriter
Fred Schuler Cinematographer
James Tyson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon A. Webb Associate Producer
Cliff Wenger Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1
0. chapter list
1. Meet Jane Doe (Opening Credits) [6:34]
2. An Offer He Can't Refuse [5:02]
3. What's News, Pussycat [2:55]
4. Medical Checking Up [7:59]
5. What A Racket [6:10]
6. Hoop Dreams [4:25]
7. A Breaking Story [8:29]
8. Framing Fletch [5:48]
9. The Plane Truth [4:59]
10. Messing With The Missus [6:40]
11. Chevy's Chase [9:13]
12. The Story Is Utah [6:28]
13. Parental Guidance [4:45]
14. Back To The Beach [5:27]
15. To Kill Or Be Killed [7:42]
16. It's All Business (End Credits) [5:13]

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Fletch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fletch is one of Chevy Chase's best movies. Its part of the classic genre of 70's spoof films, but spoofs with such a relaxed attitude you can't help but laugh. If you're looking for a simple comedy, this is one of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chevy Chase at his best. Watch this and Fletch Lives and you won't stop laughing. The wiseass in you will get further trained from the master...FLETCH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fletch is the best movie I have ever seen.I am a huge Chevy Chase fan and this is my favorite movie of all time.....What else can I say, It's funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know where I can find a large Fletch 1 Poster. I want to get one for the biggest Fletch fan ever, my brother.
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