Loosely based on the book by Gregory McDonald, director Michael Ritchie's FLETCH is a laugh-out-loud comedy that features a classic performance by Chevy Chase, who stars as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a crack investigative journalist who goes undercover for a story about possible connections between the L.A. police department and the local drug trade. He gets derailed when a Santa Monica businessman, Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson), mistakes him for a homeless man and offers him $50,000 to commit a murder. The man claims to have terminal bone cancer but can't commit suicide if he wants his family to collect on his insurance policy, so he wants Fletch to do his dirty work. Fletch pretends to accept the offer and finds that it leads him deeper into the heart of his own investigation. Working from a crackling script by Andrew Bergman, Chase relishes every line of dialogue written for his goofy, master-of-disguise character, making FLETCH one of the most influential and oft-quoted comedies of the 1980s.
Chevy Chase - American actor, comedian, VACATION
Cornelius Crane Chase - American actor, comedian, VACATION
Burton Gilliam - American Supporting Actor
Tony Longo - Supporting Actor
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Basketball Player/Actor
Lew Alcindor - Basketball Player/Actor
George Wendt - Norm Peterson of TV's "Cheers"
Geena Davis - Oscar-winning American actress, THELMA & LOUISE
Virginia Elizabeth Davis - Oscar-winning American actress, THELMA & LOUISE
Joe Don Baker - American Actor, WALKING TALL
Alison La Placa
George Wyner - American TV/Film Actor
Michael Ritchie - American Director/Producer
Ralph Seymour - Actor/"Rain Man"
Kenneth Mars - American Supporting Actor
Bruce French - Actor/"Black Eagle"
M. Emmet Walsh - American Character Actor
Michael Emmet Walsh - American Character Actor
Tim Matheson - Actor/director, ANIMAL HOUSE
An investigative reporter with a talent for disguise becomes involved in a huge drug smuggling scheme and police corruption after answering the bizarre request of a dying man.
Legendary basketball center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a cameo as himself during Fletch's daydream. The film was followed by 1989's FLETCH LIVES, also directed by Michael Ritchie.
"...Easy charm....An enjoyable paperback of a film..." - 05/31/1985 New York Times, p.C10
"...FLETCH is smart, dead-pan dry and funny..." - 05/31/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"Enjoyable..." - 04/01/2004 Total Film, p.132
4 stars out of 4 -- "One of the most quotable comedies ever made where Chase is at the top of his game." - 06/01/2009 Premiere