Fletch (1985)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Chevy Chase I.M. Fletcher
Joe Don Baker Chief Karlin
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Gail Stanwyk
Tim Matheson Alan Stanwyck
Richard Libertini 'Frank' Walker
George Wendt Fat Sam
Geena Davis Larry
M. Emmet Walsh Dr. Dolan
Kenneth Mars Stanton Boyd
Larry "Flash" Jenkins Gummy
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Dana Wheeler
Bill Henderson Speaker
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Mystery; Crime
Director Michael Ritchie
Producer Peter Douglas; Alan Greisman
Writer Gregory McDonald; Andrew Bergman
Studio Universal Studios
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 38 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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. The DVD version includes production notes and a theatrical trailer, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85 to 1. --Dave McCoy
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 849
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/12/03
Purchase Price $15.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 007
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
1.85:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 025192028526
Chapters 16
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen