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Fletch (1985)

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DVD Release Date
• R2: 16 Feb 2004

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Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country USA

Studio Universal

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Other Titles
• Fletch - Der Troublemaker (1986)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Comedy, Scams And Cons, Spoof, Role-switching, Buddies, Investigation, Police, Drugs, Deception

Tagline: Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear.

Plot: Loosely based on the book by Gregory McDonald, director Michael Ritchie’s FLETCH is a laugh-out-loud comedy that features a classic performance by Chevy Chase, who stars as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a crack investigative journalist who goes undercover for a story about possible connections between the L.A. police department and the local drug trade. He gets derailed when a Santa Monica businessman, Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson), mistakes him for a homeless man and offers him $50,000 to commit a murder. The man claims to have terminal bone cancer but can't commit suicide if he wants his family to collect on his insurance policy, so he wants Fletch to do his dirty work. Fletch pretends to accept the offer and finds that it leads him deeper into the heart of his own investigation. Working from a crackling script by Andrew Bergman, Chase relishes every line of dialogue written for his goofy, master-of-disguise character, making FLETCH one of the most influential and oft-quoted comedies of the 1980s.

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 Directed by
Michael Ritchie
The Golden Child, Fletch Lives, The Bad News Bears
 Written by
Gregory McDonald
Fletch Lives, The Brave, Fletch Won
Andrew Bergman
Blazing Saddles, The In-Laws, The In-Laws
Chevy Chase
Caddyshack, Christmas Vacation, Orange County
Tim Matheson
Fantasia, Animal House, She's All That
M. Emmet Walsh
Blade Runner, Romeo + Juliet, Wild Wild West
Geena Davis
Beetle Juice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own
Joe Don Baker
GoldenEye, Cape Fear, Tomorrow Never Dies
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Tombstone, Bye Bye, Love, The Battle of Shaker Heights
Richard Libertini
Awakenings, Nell, Popeye
 Music By
Harold Faltermeyer
Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, The Running Man

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