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Foul Play (1978)

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director:

Colin Higgins

Writer:

Colin Higgins

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase ... Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith ... Mr. Hennessey
Rachel Roberts ... Gerda Casswell
Eugene Roche ... Archbishop Thorncrest
Dudley Moore ... Stanley Tibbets
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Stella
Brian Dennehy ... Fergie
Marc Lawrence ... Stiltskin
Chuck McCann ... Theatre Manager
Billy Barty ... J.J. MacKuen
Don Calfa ... Scarface
Bruce Solomon ... Scott
Cooper Huckabee ... Sandy
Pat Ast ... Mrs. Venus
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Storyline

When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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A new comedy thriller from the creators of "Silver Streak". See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Lydia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$44,999,621
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is an homage to the suspense movies of Alfred Hitchcock. The picture was released seven months after Mel Brooks' Hitchcock spoof, High Anxiety (1977). Writer and Director Colin Higgins previously had written Silver Streak (1976), which was also a Hitchcock-like spoof thriller. See more »

Goofs

In the car-chase scene, they pass several of the same cars more than once, on "different" roads. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Mundy: He told me all about Monica.
Tony Carlson: Monica?
Gloria Mundy: Yes, Monica.
[reads from note clipped to Tony's refrigerator]
Gloria Mundy: "Darling, you are all out of milk and cottage cheese. I will pick them up in the morning. Love, Monica."
Tony Carlson: Oh, Monica. She's my cleaning lady. She comes in twice a week and really cleans the decks.
Gloria Mundy: Uh-huh. Trims the sails?
Tony Carlson: Blows the pipes.
Gloria Mundy: Will we be expecting her today at all?
Tony Carlson: No, we won't be seeing her any more. You see, Monica drowned this morning.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

A montage of scenes from the movie play over the end credits, with the cuckoo clock during the THE END disclaimer. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in TaleSpin: Vowel Play (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel the Earth Move
Written and performed by Carole King
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comic fun
30 July 2009 | by vvjtiSee all my reviews

A memorable comedy film starring Goldie hawn, an actress who had gained stardom in 2nd half of 1960s and starred in number of 1970s films. She reflected 1970s style with long hair. She had long blonde hair, was sweet and pretty. 'Foul Play' is good sweet film for her reminding of some films like 'Private benjamin', 'Butterflies are free', 'There's a girl in my soup.' The film is well written with humour and good cast including Dudley moore, Burgess meredith, Chevy chase, Rachel roberts, Brian denehey. Chevy chase's first major film is quite uplifting film mainly to characters of Goldie hawn, Chevy chase, Dudley moore. It has crime plot involving shooting of pope and good music for film 'Ready to take a chance again' sung by American barry manilow. The film is set in san francisco and some famous city landmarks are seen. Even small roles in film are filled well and miss hawn has nice wardrobe and good hair stylists


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