Fletch

Fletch

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Director: Michael Ritchie

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

     
 

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Chevy Chase added a classic comic hero to the film landscape with Fletch, one of his few truly popular star vehicles in a famously misguided post-Saturday Night Live career. Chase plays Irwin M. Fletcher, known to everyone as Fletch, a Los Angeles Lakers-loving investigative reporter with a gleeful disdain for deadlines and a knack for pushing the…  See more details below

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Chevy Chase added a classic comic hero to the film landscape with Fletch, one of his few truly popular star vehicles in a famously misguided post-Saturday Night Live career. Chase plays Irwin M. Fletcher, known to everyone as Fletch, a Los Angeles Lakers-loving investigative reporter with a gleeful disdain for deadlines and a knack for pushing the buttons of his frustrated editor (Richard Libertini). He's also known for donning numerous disguises and assuming zany false identities to help gain information. While pursuing an ongoing story about a powerful drug dealer who operates from Venice Beach, he comes across an intriguing offshoot in which he becomes intimately involved. Aviation executive Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) has an unusual proposition for Fletch: If Fletch agrees to an elaborate plan to kill him, for reasons Stanwyk refuses to divulge beyond explaining that he has bone cancer, Fletch will walk away with a healthy sum of money and a plane ticket to Brazil. Curious yet suspicious by profession, Fletch begins investigating Stanwyk's true motives, which leads him through numerous misadventures. Among them are a visit to a stuffy country club; a high-speed car chase with an unwitting passenger; repeat encounters with Stanwyk's wife (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson), although she may not be his only one; and a trip to Provo -- that's Utah, not Spain. Inspired by a novel of the same name by Gregory McDonald, Fletch went from thriller to comedy as it was adapted into a vehicle for Chase. ~ Derek Armstrong

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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:
10/15/2013
UPC:
0025192207181
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios

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

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