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Foul Play (1978)

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As he did in his screenplay for Silver Streak (1974), writer/director Colin Higgins mixes life-and-death melodrama with broad slapstick in Foul Play. Goldie Hawn stars as Gloria Mundy, a recent divorcée whose attempts to start life anew in San Francisco are bollixed up when she is inadvertently swept up in an assassination plot against the Pope. Offering sometimes dubious aid and comfort to Gloria is bumbling federal agent Tony Carlson (Chevy Chase). The film's comedy ranges from the farcical

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Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Colin Higgins

Nov 16, 2004

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (5) | DVD (8)

Writer Colin Higgins makes a good directorial bow.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Unsatisfactory as a whole, the film is hilarious and tense in bits.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Higgins's penchant for mixing visual elegance with coarse gags is equally ill-advised, especially because it makes him work the gags so hard.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Director Colin Higgins plays foul with the audience, constructing some of the most dishonest suspense sequences ever filmed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The comedy/thriller plods on for too long with tasteless and witless physical comedy, though it has a few funny moments.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A funny, successful, and very derivative crime-comedy.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film clumsily and sluggishly mixes humor and suspense and fails at both.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Ocasionalmente divertido, traz Chase tentando se afirmar como galã de ação e Hawn encantadora como em quase todos os seus filmes da época. Porém, é um filme descartável.

October 9, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Chevy when he was funny, Goldie when she was starting her heyday, and Dudley too. What a deal.

July 8, 2005
Needcoffee.com

Charming and goofy Hitchcock homage with great performances by Hawn and Chase.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Look out for the elf!

March 1, 2005
New Times

brainless and silly... not that that's a bad thing

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Truly enjoyable thrill comedy in the Hitchcock mode.

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is a finely tuned and fast-paced offering which is chock-full of black comic twists and perfect casting.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Foul Play

I wasn't expecting big things from this film, but having Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase starring in this, I had at least expected an easy watching comedy, but it had very little entertainment value.
July 17, 2011
76Majikat

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A funny, quirky, cool comedy with a good cast and an interesting story. I saw this a while ago, but I remember it was really good. I should watch this again sometime.
January 5, 2011
ajv2688

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A Fucking snooze.
January 9, 2010
Godless

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    1. Tony Carlson: Our suspects are albinos and chain-smokers?
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