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Fletch Details


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, Rovi

  • Release date:May 31, 1985


Chevy Chase
as I.M. Fletcher
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
as Gail Stanwyk
Tim Matheson
as Alan Stanwyck
Joe Don Baker
as Chief Karlin
Richard Libertini
as 'Frank' Walker
George Wendt
as Fat Sam
Geena Davis
as Larry
M. Emmet Walsh
as Dr. Dolan
Kenneth Mars
as Stanton Boyd
Larry "Flash" Jenkins
as Gummy
Ralph Seymour
as Creasy
Bill Sorrells
as Surfer Cop
Bruce French
as Pathologist
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
as Himself
William Sanderson
as Swarthout
Burton Gilliam
as Bud
Bill Henderson
as Speaker
William Traylor
as Mr. Underhill
Chick Hearn
as Himself
Mary Battilana
as Madeline Turner
Beau Starr
as Willy
Joe Praml
as Watchman
George Wyner
as Gillet
Robert Sorrells
as Marvin Stanwyk
Tony Longo
as Detective
Grace Gaynor
as Mrs. Underhill
Freeman King
as Cop #1
Alison La Placa
as Pan Am Clerk
Irene Olga Lopez
as Maid
Penny Santon
as Velma Stanwyk
Arnold Turner
as Reporter
James Avery
as Detective
Reid Cruickshanks
as Sergeant
Rick Garcia
as Waiter


Michael Ritchie
Alan Greisman
Peter Vincent Douglas
Andrew Bergman
Phil Alden Robinson
Jerry Belson
Fred Schuler
Stephanie Mills
Franne Golde
Harold Faltermeyer
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Hartman
Richard A. Harris
Boris Leven
Production Designer
Todd Hallowell
Art Director
Gordon A. Webb
Associate Producer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
James Tyson
Costume Designer
Dean Jeffries