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Fletch (1985)
Comedy,Crime,Mystery
USA / English
"Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear. "
Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher, Los Angeles journalist, really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes...
Chevy Chase Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
Joe Don Baker Chief Jerry Karlin
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Gail Stanwyk
Richard Libertini Frank Walker
Tim Matheson Alan Stanwyk
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: Peter Douglas,Alan Greisman
Writer: Gregory McDonald,Andrew Bergman
Wisecrack mystery yarn
Chevy Chase plays investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher, nicknamed Fletch, who's disguising himself as a junkie on the beach to uncover a smuggling ring. He gets spotted by Tim Matheson, a real estate millionaire, who asks Fletch to kill him so his wife can receive the inherit. Fletch goes snooping around and finds out that his smuggling ring investigation might somehow be tied to the millionaire.

With a different leading man this film could very well have been a full blown thriller. Imagine John Frankenheimer directing and Robert De Niro starring. But, in dealing with what's at hand, Fletch is a good comedy where Chase can showcase his range of disguises and delivery of good one-liners. Chase absolutely smothers the film with wisecracks and the overall very well constructed mystery is nearly overlooked. With repeated viewings I've actually come to appreciate the film more for it's genuinely gripping detective story elements, it really does boast a solid mystery that unfolds well.

There's one thing for sure here; you have to be a fan of Chevy Chase for this film to work for you. Since I'm a fan the film is in high regard. Chase's wisecracks aren't all brilliant but they're mostly very good and here he's at the top of his game.

Fletch and Clark Griswold are the two characters Chevy Chase will most be remembered for.

Personal
Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
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Movie
Imdb rating: 6.6
Musician: Harold Faltermeyer
Running time: 94 min (DVD edition)
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]; Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:41:4