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Fletch [1985] (1 disc)

Director:Michael Ritchie
Writer:Andrew Bergman
Composer:Harold Faltermeyer
Length:98 minutes
(1 hour 38 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:75%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Fletch makes a living as a journalist who is always going undercover to sniff out his stories. One day, while dressed as a bum, he's approached by a wealthy man who asks him a very unusual favor.

Reaction: Funny. This one's a classic example of Chevy Chase's abilities and humor.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Michael Ritchie => Director
Andrew Bergman => Writer
Harold Faltermeyer => Composer
Gregory McDonald => Novel
Bill Henderson => Speaker
Bruce French => Dr. Holmes
Burton Gilliam => Bud
Chevy Chase => Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher
Chick Hearn => Himself
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson => Gail Stanwyk
Geena Davis => Larry
George Wendt => Fat Sam
George Wyner => Marvin Gillet
Joe Don Baker => Chief Jerry Karlin
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar => Himself
Kenneth Mars => Stanton Boyd
Larry Flash Jenkins => Gummy
M. Emmet Walsh => Dr. Joseph Dolan
Ralph Seymour => Creasy
Richard Libertini => Frank Walker
Terrence Evans => Man with Shotgun (uncredited)
Tim Matheson => Alan Stanwyk
Tony Longo => Detective #1
William Traylor => Ted Underhill

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • An original run of movie posters showing Fletch in his various disguises including one as a hockey player which never made the actual film.
  • When Fletch tells Frank that he is quitting, he says that he's going to try out for the Lakers, because, according to Fletch, "they need a good power forward". In 1985, the Lakers' Power Forward was James Worthy, who would go on to become a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Irwin Fletcher's daydream of playing in the NBA was based partly on another "Earvin"; former L.A. Laker [?] Magic Johnson. In the movie's promotional poster, Fletch's team ID card bears the name "Magic Christian" (a reference to The Magic Christian, a 1969 Peter Sellers movie based on a [?] Terry Southern novel).
  • Gregory McDonald, the author of the [Fletch novels], had casting approval over the film. He rejected both Mick Jagger and Burt Reynolds before he decided on Chevy Chase for the lead.
  • Harold Faltermeyer replaced Tom Scott as the film's composer. However, Scott's name is visible on the early poster releases for the movie as well as the trailer included on the DVD.
  • Fletch tells beach drifter in one scene that he "feels like a hundred dollars". This line is also said by Ty Webb in Caddyshack, a role also played by Chevy Chase.
  • When Mr. Underhill comes to collect the money for his lunch bill, Fletch searches for the time on his non watch-wearing wrist. This is a trademark of Chevy Chase.
  • The award banquet Fletch interrupts is in honor of Fred Dorfman. Fred Dorfman the name of Kent "Flounder" Dorfman's brother in Animal House, which was originally going to feature Chevy Chase as Eric "Otter" Stratton. Otter was eventually played by Tim Matheson, who also appears in this movie as Alan Stanwyk.