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Foul Play (1978)

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director:

Colin Higgins

Writer:

Colin Higgins

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase ... Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith ... Mr. Hennessey
Rachel Roberts ... Gerda Casswell
Eugene Roche ... Archbishop Thorncrest
Dudley Moore ... Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Stella
Brian Dennehy ... Fergie
Marc Lawrence ... Stiltskin
Chuck McCann ... Theatre Manager
Billy Barty ... J.J. MacKuen
Don Calfa ... Scarface
Bruce Solomon Bruce Solomon ... Scott
Cooper Huckabee ... Sandy
Pat Ast ... Mrs. Venus
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Storyline

When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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A new comedy thriller from the creators of "Silver Streak". See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$44,999,621
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The comic book that Turk Ion Teodorescu is reading is Little Lulu #244 (March 1978). See more »

Goofs

The pack of cigarettes that Scarface drops out of his pocket falls away from us. Later, we see it facing toward us. See more »

Quotes

Fergie: Well, what was he after?
Gloria Mundy: He wanted the cigarettes.
Fergie: He was after a cigarette?
Gloria Mundy: Oh no, he wanted the whole pack.
Fergie: Man, talk about greedy.
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Crazy Credits

A montage of scenes from the movie play over the end credits, with the cuckoo clock during the THE END disclaimer. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Notorious (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel the Earth Move
Written and performed by Carole King
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An entertaining espionage thriller - clever and funny
12 October 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Chevy Chase is not a great comedian, at least not anymore, but at one point in his career he WAS funny. He had talent. This film proves it. Although most of us today remember him fondly as the dad from the "Vacation" movies, he plays a different type of character here, and it is effective. He's still humorous (I've never seen him play a 100% serious dramatic role) but less stupid than usual, and his character - a police officer - calls for a more realistic attitude.

He's assigned to help Goldie Hawn's character in the film, who is being pursued by an albino and the Catholic church after a microchip is given to her by a dying man on the street. After a failed assassination attempt, she calls the police, but only Chase believes her.

Hawn lives in an apartment building maintained by the late Burgess Meredith. This was two years after the success of "Rocky" and Meredith was making a name for himself with the younger crowds. The film, as a result, lends him a solid role that he fulfills.

The film isn't an uproarious comedy but it is very entertaining and occasionally quite funny. Best viewed late at night on the weekend.


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