Fletch

  • PG
  • Michael Ritchie (1985)
  • US
  • 93 min
Fletch
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Chevy Chase, one of the original Saturday Night Live team and the embodiment of laid-back Los Angeles 1980s humour, stars here in the first of two outings as the investigative reporter with a sideline in disguises and witty repartee. Uprooted from Malibu beach (where he is disguised as a beach bum) by a millionaire who orders his own murder, Chase stumbles and bumbles through a corkscrew plot that fits his comic frame like a bespoke suit. Sleek, glossy and often very funny indeed, it also features Joe Don Baker, M Emmet Walsh and Geena Davis. The inventive script is by Andrew Bergman, who cut his teeth as a co-writer on Blazing Saddles and went on to direct The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Plot Summary

Comedy adventure starring Chevy Chase. Wisecracking investigative reporter IM Fletcher is posing as a beach bum to get a story when Alan Stanwyk approaches with an incredible proposition - $50,000 and a guaranteed escape if he is willing to murder him. Determined to find out why, "Fletch" pretends to agree and finds himself caught up in a bizarre and dangerous plot.

Cast and crew

Cast

IM Fletcher, "Fletch"
Chevy Chase
Chief Karlin
Joe Don Baker
Gail Stanwyk
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Alan Stanwyk
Tim Matheson
Dr Dolan
M Emmet Walsh
Fat Sam
George Wendt
Stanton Boyd
Kenneth Mars
Larry
Geena Davis
Speaker
Bill Henderson
Mr Underhill
William Traylor
Gillet
George Wyner
Frank Walker
Richard Libertini

Crew

Director
Michael Ritchie

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance: 
Some violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Universal Pictures
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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