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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 seduction efforts by musician Stanley Tibbets (Dudley Moore) to the zany, gag-filled car-chase finale. Foul Play features character actors Rachel Roberts and Eugene Roche as villains, Burgess Meredith as a martial arts-happy landlord, and Billy Barty as a long-suffering religious bookseller. It also packs in a memorable "throwaway" gag involving a profane Scrabble game played by sweet little old ladies Queenie Smith and Hope Summers.more
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


Goldie Hawn
as Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase
as Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith
as Mr. Hennessey
Rachel Roberts
as Gerda Casswell
Eugene Roche
as Archbishop Thorncres...
Dudley Moore
as Stanley Tibbets
Marc Lawrence
as Stiltskin
Chuck McCann
as Theater Manager
Billy Barty
as J.J. MacKuen
Don Calfa
as Scarface
Pat Ast
as Mrs. Venus
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Russel
John Hancock
as Coleman
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Monk
Cyril Magnin
as Pope Pius XIII
Chuck Walsh
as Newscaster
David Cole
as Theater Usher
Bill Gamble
as Dickinson
Michael David Lee
as Limo Driver
Lou Cutell
as House Manager
Rollin Moriyama
as Japanese Man
Mitsu Yashima
as Japanese Woman
M. James Arnett
as Truck Driver
Janet Wood
as Sylvia
John Hatfield
as Security Guard
Joe Bellan
as Man in Phone Booth
Connie Sawyer
as Screaming Lady
Garry Goodrow
as Henpecked Husband
Sandra Walker
as Pitti-Sing
Thomas Jamerson
as Pish-Tush
Richard McKee
as Pooh-Bah
Jane Shaulis
as Katisha
Marc Lawrence
as Stiltskin
Janet Wood
as Sylvia
Marc Lawrence I
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

Foul Play Quotes

Tony Carlson: Our suspects are albinos and chain-smokers?
– Submitted by Brendan C (3 years ago)

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