Foul Play

Foul Play

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Director: Colin Higgins

Cast: Colin Higgins, Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith

     
 

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As he did in his screenplay for Silver Streak (1974), writer/director Colin Higgins mixes life-and-death melodrama with broad slapstick in Foul Play. Goldie Hawn stars as Gloria Mundy, a recent divorcée whose attempts to start life anew in San Francisco are bollixed up when she is inadvertently swept up in an assassination plot against the Pope. Offering

Overview

As he did in his screenplay for Silver Streak (1974), writer/director Colin Higgins mixes life-and-death melodrama with broad slapstick in Foul Play. Goldie Hawn stars as Gloria Mundy, a recent divorcée whose attempts to start life anew in San Francisco are bollixed up when she is inadvertently swept up in an assassination plot against the Pope. Offering sometimes dubious aid and comfort to Gloria is bumbling federal agent Tony Carlson (Chevy Chase). The film's comedy ranges from the farcical seduction efforts by musician Stanley Tibbets (Dudley Moore) to the zany, gag-filled car-chase finale. Foul Play features character actors Rachel Roberts and Eugene Roche as villains, Burgess Meredith as a martial arts-happy landlord, and Billy Barty as a long-suffering religious bookseller. It also packs in a memorable "throwaway" gag involving a profane Scrabble game played by sweet little old ladies Queenie Smith and Hope Summers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
It may or may not be a coincidence that the best performance Chevy Chase ever gave in his checkered film career was in his first leading role opposite Goldie Hawn in Foul Play. There's a lot to admire and digest in this film, involving a librarian (Hawn) who becomes involved in a complicated plot to assassinate the Pope. Chase plays the cop who may or may not believe her story. It would be an injustice to give away too much of the story, although it's safe to say that it's both clever and hysterically funny, finding a way to incorporate albinos, dwarves, swingers, spies, and Gilbert & Sullivan, along with the Catholic Church. The supporting cast is top-notch, featuring Rachel Roberts and Eugene Roche as the conspirators, Billy Barty as a salesman who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and particularly Dudley Moore, playing a character similar to his role in 10. Special attention has to be paid to Burgess Meredith, never funnier except for perhaps in his stints in the Grumpy Old Men films. The director Colin Higgins, coming off the Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor film Silver Streak, once again shows a deft hand at combining outrageous jokes, more subtle humor, and intricate crime drama. Although somewhat dated, it still holds up well as a most enjoyable film experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303984
Original Release:
1978
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
537

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Goldie Hawn Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith Hennessey
Rachel Roberts Gerda Casswell/Delia Darrow
Eugene Roche Archbishop Thorncrest
Dudley Moore Stanley Tibbets
Bruce Solomon Bob Scott
Marilyn Sokol Stella
Brian Dennehy Fergie
Chuck McCann Theater Manager
Billy Barty J.J. MacKuen
Don Calfa Scarface
Marc Lawrence Stiltskin
Cooper Huckabee Sandy
Ion Teodorescu Turk
Pat Ast Mrs. Venus
John Hancock Capt. Coleman
Queenie Smith Elsie
Hope Summers Ethel
Irene Tedrow Mrs. Monk
Cyril Magnin Pope Pius XIII
Chuck Walsh Newscaster
Hal Needham Actor
Glynn Rubin Actor
Shirley the Python Actor
Craig R. Baxley Actor
Frances Bay Mrs. Russel
Lou Cutell House Manager
William Frankfather Whitney Jackson
Barbara Sammeth Sally
Janet Wood Sylvia
David Cole Extra
Rollin Moriyama Japanese Man
M. James Arnett Truck Driver
Jophery Brown Cop
Joe Bellan Man in Phone Booth
Connie Sawyer Screaming Lady
Garry Goodrow Henpecked Husband

Technical Credits
Colin Higgins Director,Screenwriter
Craig R. Baxley Stunts
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Charles Fox Score Composer
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Jay M. Harding Sound/Sound Designer
Peter V. Herald Associate Producer,Production Manager
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Edward K. Milkis Producer
Thomas L. Miller Producer
Hal Needham Stunts
Glynn Rubin Stunts
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Alfred Sweeney Production Designer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Foul Play
1. Chapter 1 [2:20]
2. Chapter 2 [3:54]
3. Chapter 3 [5:32]
4. Chapter 4 [:45]
5. Chapter 5 [6:11]
6. Chapter 6 [1:51]
7. Chapter 7 [4:40]
8. Chapter 8 [3:24]
9. Chapter 9 [2:36]
10. Chapter 10 [5:04]
11. Chapter 11 [1:26]
12. Chapter 12 [6:10]
13. Chapter 13 [3:15]
14. Chapter 14 [2:20]
15. Chapter 15 [6:22]
16. Chapter 16 [:53]
17. Chapter 17 [5:31]
18. Chapter 18 [2:25]
19. Chapter 19 [:17]
20. Chapter 20 [4:51]
21. Chapter 21 [2:00]
22. Chapter 22 [6:29]
23. Chapter 23 [6:43]
24. Chapter 24 [3:13]
25. Chapter 25 [3:02]
26. Chapter 26 [4:29]
27. Chapter 27 [1:47]
28. Chapter 28 [6:18]
29. Chapter 29 [3:20]
30. Chapter 30 [2:48]
31. Chapter 31 [2:57]
32. Chapter 32 [1:34]
33. Chapter 33 [1:15]

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Foul Play 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
GREAT CAST, SETTING, PLOT, ENTERTAINING AND FUNNY!! I HAVE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR THIS TO COME TO DVD. I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY COPY!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Foul Play is the Best movie ever made. The first time I saw it was in 1979. And it still remains my #1 favorite movie. I can site the movie verbatim. Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase make this one the greatest comedic & entertaining movies. The late great Dudley Moore & Burgess Meredith bring a sense of laughter that is contagious. You will find yourself with stomach pain from all the laughter. GET THIS MOVIE-They don't make them like these anymore!!!This movie does prove the point of Fate & Destiny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with all other reviews. Not enough can be said about the movie, cast, plot, etc. Why can't we see movies like this today..with Goldie and Chevy???? There is a large audience for them though "they" would have us believe different.
bethevans87 More than 1 year ago
Old (the '80s vintage) but just as funny today. Snappy delivery of hilarious dialogue, wonderful visual comedy, and great acting by a young Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. Want laughs, plain and simple? This is your flick.
mearlan More than 1 year ago
This is just a fun movie. Chevy and Goldie have great chemistry. They shine in the midst of interesting characters. The dwarf, the albino, the swinger (Dudley Moore is unforgettable!), the tourists (Kojak bang bang), and the old lady scrabble players (must be seen and not printed). Certainly not an academy award nominee but watching this movie is like hanging out with old friends.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This near perfect movie has it all. Heroes and villains and slapstick and suspense and a wild car ride covering San Francisco. The young trucker makes ''Far out'' worthy of Shakespeare.See Dudley Moore and Burgess Meredith and Rachel Roberts in unforgettable roles. And Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. The BEST. And a Gilbert & Sullivan bonus. How good can a movie be? This is it !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classically innocent and funny Goldie Hawn, and, Chevy Chase as a great straight man -you'd better ''Beware of the Drawf. . .'' Classifies as a cult movie in my opinion. Give it another look!