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Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 28 August 1981 (USA)
Flash used to be a talented baseball player, but he took to drinking and now he sells stolen watches in the streets. One day he meets Chu Chu, who, before falling into alcoholism like him, ... See full summary »

Director:

David Lowell Rich

Writers:

Barbara Dana (screenplay), Henry Barrow (story)
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Flash
Carol Burnett ... Emily
Jack Warden ... The Commander
Danny Aiello ... Johnson
Adam Arkin ... Charlie
Danny Glover ... Morgan
Sid Haig ... Vince
Vincent Schiavelli ... B.J.
Ruth Buzzi ... Consuelo
Vito Scotti ... Vittorio
Lou Jacobi ... Landlord
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Betty
Scott Beach Scott Beach ... Harry
Geoff Hoyle Geoff Hoyle ... Clem
Morgan Upton ... Butts
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Storyline

Flash used to be a talented baseball player, but he took to drinking and now he sells stolen watches in the streets. One day he meets Chu Chu, who, before falling into alcoholism like him, was a successful entertainer. Now she still dances, but in the streets, for no more than a cent or two. Luck seems to smile at them the day they find stolen government documents forgotten some place. They decide to return them to their legal owners, but instead of the expected reward money, all they get is a load of trouble. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Meet the oddest and funniest couple of the year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Street Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Emily is dancing on the street dressed as Carmen Miranda, she's sometimes completely in the shadow of the building and sometimes in the sun. See more »

Crazy Credits

First film to use the redesigned 20th Century Fox logo with the "straight" zero. See more »

Connections

References Talent Scouts (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Whole Lot of Money
Music by Pete Rugolo
Lyrics by Alan Arkin
Performed by Alan Arkin
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A Classic- in my top 20 of all time great movies
28 January 2006 | by rotary-1See all my reviews

If you like Blues Brothers, you'll love this unknown classic, too. The characters are quirky, dialogue is hilarious, and the action is nonstop- every guy I have shown this movie has enjoyed it. If you can't decide on a date movie, give Chu Chu a try. And yes, the name sounds stupid, but Chu Chu is the name Carol Burnett's character uses when she dances Carmen Miranda style (she wears fruit on her head- it's better than the famous Scarlett O'Hara curtain rod scene from her variety show), and Alan Arkin plays a washed up baseball star, the Philly Flash. Watch for Adam Arkin, the wacky barefoot chef from Northern Exposure, and Alan's son. Adam's character is just as much fun in this movie.


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