Foul Play

1978

Foul Play

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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.

Cast

Goldie Hawn
as Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase
as Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith
as Mr. Hennessey
Rachel Roberts
as Gerda Casswell
Eugene Roche
as Archbishop Thorncrest
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
Rollin Moriyama
as Japanese Man
Lou Cutell
as House Manager
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
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Critic Reviews for Foul Play

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Audience Reviews for Foul Play

  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • Aug 15, 2010
    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.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2010
    A delightful and hilarious comedy/mystery inspired by Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. cleverly written and expertly directed by Colin Higgins. Goldie Hawn in brilliant comic performance plays Gloria Mundy, a gentle librarian who finds her peaceful existence turned upside down, when she pick-ups a hitchhiker who is being followed by a group of killers, unbeknownst to her he slips a roll of film in her pure in a box of cigarettes. They set a date to meet at a cinema, which will give him the change to retrieve the roll of film, he shows up at the cinema late, and he has been stabbed and manages to tell her "Beware of the Dwarf", before dying. His body has disappears and no one believes her. A detective nicely played by Chevy Chase in his film debut, falls for Goldie ,and they now fine themselves being chase through San Francisco by killers who are plotting to assasinate the Pope. There is real chemistry between Goldie and Chevy, and their scenes together feel real and are sweet. Scene-stealer Dudley Moore is spectacularly funny as a kinky swinger who brings Goldie to his apartment which is filled with all sorts of sex devices and tries to seduce her, it is one of the funniest scenes in the film. Another of the film's highlights is an all-out Karate fight between a game Burgess Meredith and a salacious Rachel Roberts which is a laugh riot. The rest of the supporting cast all deliver superb performances, they include Brian Dennehy, Eugene Roche, Marilyn Sokol, Chuck McCann and Billy Barty. Features a memorable Academy Award nominated theme song "Ready To Take A Change Again" sing by Barry Manilow. A true treat from the late seventies, a real pleasure. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2010
    Goldie Hawn - playing, as always, a divorcee - meshes well with the sharp Chevy Chase in this totally ridiculous farce. It's stocked with wacky characters and unlikely coincidences, but it's an amusing enough flick if one embraces the screwy conventions. A handful of the gags are pretty weak, however, which isn't acceptable with a plot so thin. Still, Goldie Hawn was never more captivating.
    Nate H Super Reviewer

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