Foul Play (1978)




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Movie Info

In this comedy, a wounded undercover detective informs librarian Gloria Mundy of a nefarious plot to assassinate the Pope. Gloria manages to win the belief of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, and the two attempt to outwit the bad guys and prevent the death of a prominent figure.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Colin Higgins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
Paramount Home Video

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as Gloria Mundy

as Tony Carlson

as Mr. Hennessey

as Gerda Casswell

as Archbishop Thorncres...

as Stanley Tibbets

as Stella

as Stiltskin

as Theater Manager

as J.J. MacKuen

as Scarface

as Mrs. Venus

as Mrs. Russel

as Coleman

as Mrs. Monk

as Pope Pius XIII

as Newscaster

as Theater Usher

as Dickinson

as Limo Driver

as House Manager

as Japanese Man

as Japanese Woman

as Truck Driver

as Security Guard

as Man in Phone Booth

as Screaming Lady

as Henpecked Husband

as Pitti-Sing

as Pish-Tush

as Pooh-Bah

as Katisha

as Stiltskin

as Sylvia

as Stiltskin
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Critic Reviews for Foul Play

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Writer Colin Higgins makes a good directorial bow.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
Top Critic

Unsatisfactory as a whole, the film is hilarious and tense in bits.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Director Colin Higgins plays foul with the audience, constructing some of the most dishonest suspense sequences ever filmed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Goldie Hawn charms her way through this comic Hitchcock homage.

Full Review… | June 13, 2015
Three Movie Buffs

The comedy/thriller plods on for too long with tasteless and witless physical comedy, though it has a few funny moments.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
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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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A Fucking snooze.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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