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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 information. While pursuing an ongoing story about a powerful drug dealer who operates from Venice Beach, he comes across an intriguing offshoot in which he becomes intimately involved. Aviation executive Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) has an unusual proposition for Fletch: If Fletch agrees to an elaborate plan to kill him, for reasons Stanwyk refuses to divulge beyond explaining that he has bone cancer, Fletch will walk away with a healthy sum of money and a plane ticket to Brazil. Curious yet suspicious by profession, Fletch begins investigating Stanwyk's true motives, which leads him through numerous misadventures. Among them are a visit to a stuffy country club; a high-speed car chase with an unwitting passenger; repeat encounters with Stanwyk's wife (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson), although she may not be his only one; and a trip to Provo -- that's Utah, not Spain. Inspired by a novel of the same name by Gregory McDonald, Fletch went from thriller to comedy as it was adapted into a vehicle for Chase. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovimore
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


Chevy Chase
as Irwin `Fletch' Fletc...
Joe Don Baker
as Chief Karlin
Richard Libertini
as Frank Walker
Tim Matheson
as Alan Stanwyk
M. Emmet Walsh
as Dr. Dolan
George Wendt
as Fat Sam
Kenneth Mars
as Stanton Boyd
Grace Gaynor
as Mrs. Underhill
William Traylor
as Mr. Underhill
Tony Longo
as Detective
James Avery
as Detective
Bruce French
as Pathologist
Chick Hearn
as Himself
Alison La Placa
as Pan Am Clerk
Joe Praml
as Watchman
Penny Santon
as Velma Stanwyk
Robert Sorrells
as Marvin Stanwyk
Peggy Doyle
as Identification Nurse
Loraine Shields
as Records Nurse
Bill Sorrells
as Surfer Cop
Henry Bleeker
as Surfer Cop
Arnold Turner
as Reporter
Darren Dublin
as Reporter
Mary Battilana
as Madeline Turner
Donald Chaffin
as Banquet Guest
Merv Maruyama
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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