• PG
  • Michael Ritchie (1985)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
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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 I M 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


I M 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
Geena Davis
Bill Henderson
Mr Underhill
William Traylor
George Wyner
Frank Walker
Richard Libertini


Michael Ritchie

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Some violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG

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