DVD 98 mins IMDB 6.6
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Universal Studios (5/31/1985)
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(6/10/2007 )

John Wood
Comedy, Crime, Mystery
USA  /  English

Chevy Chase Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
Joe Don Baker Chief Jerry Karlin
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Gail Stanwyk
Richard Libertini Frank Walker
Tim Matheson Alan Stanwyk
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Dana Wheeler
M. Emmet Walsh Dr. Joseph Dolan
George Wendt Fat Sam
Kenneth Mars Stanton Boyd
Geena Davis Larry
Bill Henderson Speaker
William Traylor Ted Underhill
George Wyner Marvin Gillet
Tony Longo Detective #1
Larry Flash Jenkins Gummy
Ralph Seymour Creasy

Director Michael Ritchie
Producer Alan Greisman; Peter Douglas
Writer Andrew Bergman; Gregory McDonald

Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring is transformed by screenwriter Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, and writer/director of The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas) into a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humor funny, or merely egocentric. If you don't like Chase, there's really no one else worth watching (Geena Davis is sadly underused). Chase seems born to play I.M. "Fletch" Fletcher, a disillusioned investigative reporter whose cynicism and detached view on life mirrors the actor's understated approach to comedy. Fletcher offers Chase the opportunity to adopt numerous personas, as his job requires numerous (bad) physical disguises, and much of film's humor centers on the ridiculous idea that any of these phony accents or bad hairpieces could fool anyone. These not-so-clever disguises are put to use when Fletch becomes involved in the film's smart but continually self-mocking two-part mystery. As well as trying to gather drug-smuggling evidence against the LAPD for a long-overdue newspaper story, a rich and apparently terminally ill stranger also offers Fletch a large payoff to kill him. While the film does a fairly good job juggling both of these plots, not to mention tossing in a love interest as well, it's subservient, for better or worse, to Chase's memorable one-liners and disguises. Followed by two forgettable sequels that lack both the original's wit and Chase's attention span. --Dave McCoy

Edition Details
Distributor Universal Studios
Barcode 025192028526
Region Region 1
Chapters 16
Release Date 8/19/1998
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 6/10/2007
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
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