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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Daniel Waters (screenplay), James Cappe (screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Dice Clay ... Ford Fairlane
Wayne Newton ... Julian Grendel
Priscilla Presley ... Colleen Sutton
Morris Day ... Don Cleveland
Lauren Holly ... Jazz
Maddie Corman ... Zuzu Petals
Gilbert Gottfried ... Johnny Crunch
David Patrick Kelly ... Sam
Brandon Call ... The Kid
Robert Englund ... Smiley
Ed O'Neill ... Lt. Amos
Vince Neil ... Bobby Black
Sheila E. ... Club Singer
David Arnott ... Club Guy
Mark Goldstein Mark Goldstein ... Club Guy
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Storyline

Ford "Mr. Rock n' Roll Detective" Fairlane is experiencing problems, and it's not with the opposite sex. One of them is that all the rock stars pay him with drum sticks, koala bears, food processors and bicycle shorts. Another one of them is that all his employers that want him to find a girl named Zuzu Petals get killed. Why didn't he become a fisherman's detective instead? A must-see for Andrew Dice Clay fans. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Taglines:

He's on the money, off the record, and over the top. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ford Fairlane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,374,391, 15 July 1990

Gross USA:

$21,413,502
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film does somewhat send up other detective pieces such as "Chinatown" and "Dick Tracy". The boy is known as "The Kid", which was a reference to Dick Tracy. See more »

Goofs

The closeup of the keys when Ford Fairlane arrives at the club at the beginning shows a much newer style of Ford key that what was made for that car. In that shot, you can see the correct style on the opposite side of the key ring (farthest from the camera view). See more »

Quotes

Smiley: 'ello, 'ello.
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Connections

Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Andrew Dice Clay (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Last Time in Paris
Written by Chris De Garmo (as Chris DeGarmo) and Geoff Tate
Produced by Peter Collins
Performed by Queensrÿche
Courtesy of EMI
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Very, very, very funny film
20 November 2005 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

This movie always cracks me up. I should note that I'm SO not a fan of Andrew "Dice" Clay, I think his stand-up shows suck, big time. But here, he's simply fantastic as Ford Fairlane, the Rock'n Roll Detective, who mostly gets paid in the form of gifts or memorabilia.

Dice's jokes here work perfectly each time, one quotable line after another ("so many assholes, so few bullets", "you're a poet and didn't know it", "talking with Zuzu is like ************ with a cheese-grinder, slightly enjoyable but mostly painful" to name a few). The film never takes itself seriously, yet somehow keeps it from ever going into slapstick territory.

Supporting actors do well also, Presly is always a stunner, Wayne Newton gives his best ever performance as Fairlane's nemesis and Ed O'Neill is a riot as a former disco singer turned detective. Robert Englund gives a rather amusing performance as a very inept crook who's ultimate fate is nothing short of hilarious.

Finnish director Harlin directs with a sure hand, everything in the technical department in tip top shape and it's very visually stylish at times. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is definitely not for everyone, but it's not only for die hard Clay fans, since I sure as hell ain't one of them. But I think he's perfect here and the film is very funny and comes highly recommended by me.


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