The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

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To the Los Angeles elite, Ford Fairlane (Andrew "Dice" Clay) is known as "Mr. Rock 'n' Roll Detective." This loudmouthed ladies' man serves an exclusive rock star clientele, who depend on his keen eye and smug discretion. So when a heavy-metal musician dies mid-concert, Fairlane is on the case before the lights come up. But things turn shocking when radio personality Johnny Crunch (Gilbert Gottfried) hires Fairlane to find a missing groupie mere hours before he is electrocuted live on air.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Dice Clay
Ford Fairlane
Wayne Newton
Julian Grendel
Morris Day
Don Cleveland, Record Producer
Lauren Holly
Jazz, Ford's Assistant
Maddie Corman
Zuzu Petals
Gilbert Gottfried
Johnny Crunch aka Johnny Tinenbalm
Rex Weiner
Writer (Characters)
James Cappe
Writer (Story and Screenplay)
David Arnott
Writer (Story and Screenplay)
Daniel Waters
Writer (Screenplay)
Michael Levy
Executive Producer
Suzanne Todd
Associate Set Decorator
Billy Idol
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (21)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • Surprisingly funny and expectedly rude, this first starring vehicle by vilified standup comic Andrew Dice Clay has a decidedly lowbrow humor that is a sort of modern equivalent of that of the Three Stooges.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • This expensively empty action comedy is as much fun as a car crash.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The person most likely to be entertained by ''The Adventures of Ford Fairlane'' need not be made aware of the film's existence. He's already on the screen.

    August 30, 2004
  • The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is a movie about a hero I didn't like, chasing villains I didn't hate, in a plot I didn't understand. It is also loud, ugly and mean-spirited. That makes it the ideal vehicle for Andrew Dice Clay.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] slick glorification of hate and loathing that portrays women as sexually promiscuous and men as infantile, violent and feeble-minded.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

  • Oct 17, 2012
    Andrew Dice Clay basically plays himself in this comedy, a perfect representation of the glory days of MTV and the sunset strip in 1990. I was a fan of MTV and the haircut bands of that era, so Ford Fairlane is a guilty pleasure, to be sure. Its cheesy and offensive yet hilarious also. Check out "Aint Got You" by Ford (Clay); it is an awesome contrast between what used to be rock and roll and what is passing for it both in 1990 and now. I love the all-star cast: Robert Englund, Priscilla Presley, Wayne Newton, Ed O'Neil, Gilbert Gottfried, and Lauren Holly. Holly excels in a small role as the vulnerable secretary with the knock-out figure. The Dice-man is exactly what you'd expect, for better or worse, and Maddie Corman is delightful as Zuzu, an MTV dance party-type. Has there ever been a greater groupie name than "Zuzu Petals?" The plot is disposable; who cares about the mysterious CDs? Accept The Adventures of Ford Fairlane for what it is, and just laugh along. As Dice would exclaim, "Unfu*#ingbelieveable!"
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2009
    Say what you will about Andrew "Dice" Clay, but I LOVE this movie. Clay was a one-note comic, but he milked his 15 minutes for all it was worth, never more on display than in this movie. As a "rock and roll detective", the movie is filled with then-famous music industry people which give the movie an extra quality. What surprises is there is an actual story here. A genuine mystery that provides Clay with something to do besides lift material from his stand up act. It helps that they hired an actual filmmaker, Renny Harlin, to helm Clay's leading man debut. Harlin is a visually gifted director that knows how to orchestrate an action scene, fill the screen with eye candy, and keep things moving at a lively pace. Music group Yello adds an original musical score that adds to the overall good feel of the movie. Watch for a great cameo by Married With Children's Ed O'Neil as a police detective with a personal gripe against Clay. Let's just say that disco will never be the same. A guilty pleasure, and one damn funny movie.
    RJ M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2007
    Two words. "Disco Express." Ford Fairlane: Disco Express? They blew dog. And that lead singer, he kinda looked like... Lt. Amos: Like ME, right? Ford Fairlane: Yeah. I was gonna say he looked like shit, but... he looked like you.
    Chad R Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2007
    Indefensible trash. I love it!
    Steve K Super Reviewer

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