Fletch (1985)



Critic Consensus: Quotably funny -- and fast-paced enough to smooth over the jokes that don't land -- Fletch is one of the best big-screen vehicles for Chevy Chase's brand of smug silliness.

Movie Info

Chevy Chase added a classic comic hero to the film landscape with Fletch, one of his few truly popular star vehicles in a famously misguided post-Saturday Night Live career. Chase plays Irwin M. Fletcher, known to everyone as Fletch, a Los Angeles Lakers-loving investigative reporter with a gleeful disdain for deadlines and a knack for pushing the buttons of his frustrated editor (Richard Libertini). He's also known for donning numerous disguises and assuming zany false identities to help gain … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bergman, Jerry Belson, Phil Alden Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


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as Chief Karlin

as Frank Walker

as Alan Stanwyk

as Dr. Dolan

as Fat Sam

as Stanton Boyd

as Mrs. Underhill

as Mr. Underhill

as Gillet

as Detective

as Detective

as Pathologist

as Teenager

as Himself

as Pan Am Clerk

as Watchman

as Swarthout

as Velma Stanwyk

as Marvin Stanwyk

as Willy

as Identification Nurse

as Records Nurse

as Surfer Cop

as Surfer Cop

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Madeline Turner

as Banquet Guest

as Chinese Busboy
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Critic Reviews for Fletch

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

A breezy, peppy frolic and a tour de force for Chase.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
Top Critic

Michael Ritchie's 1985 mystery comedy has the pleasant, modest feel of a Fox B picture from the 30s.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This could be Bob Hope material c1942 and Chase does acquit himself well (though with cool reserve) in the gags-to-plot transitions. What dulls the enterprise is that Ritchie so keeps his distance from every character.

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

Whenever the move threatens to work, there's Chevy Chase with his monotone, deadpan cynicism, distancing himself from the material.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A lightweight, breezy experience that, by never pretending to be anything more than what it is, disarms criticism.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

What truly holds Fletch together isn't the somewhat off-putting Chase--whose screen presence was always defined by a love-it-or-hate it smugness--but his time-tested collaborators: screenwriter Bergman...and director Michael Ritchie...[Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 15, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Fletch


Back in '85 when Chevy Chase was somewhat popular with folks. Looking back he's a bigger clown. Serviceable investigation movie. His disguises are awesome but people should've seen it was him. The basketball player scene was a ripoff because it was only a daydream on TV. The weaker follower of the Beverly Hills Cop success.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Funny and good entertainment.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


This is a hilarious comedy starring Chevy Chase, I really like it and if you're a fan of his, you should see this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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