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Fletch (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Tim Matheson, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Andrew Bergman
  • Producers: Alan Greisman, Peter Douglas
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 1 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000MXPE7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,677 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Chevy Chase is at his hilarious best as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a newspaper reporter who changes his identity more often than his underwear. While working on a drug expose, he stumbles onto a scam that gets him up to his byline in murder, police corruption and forbidden romance. For this ace newsman, it'll be the story of the year, if he can only stay alive till the deadline. Featuring all-new bonus features, Fletch: The "Jane Doe" Edition is a must-own comedy-thriller classic. Just don't call him "Irwin"!


Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring is transformed by screenwriter Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, and writer/director of The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas) into a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humor funny, or merely egocentric. If you don't like Chase, there's really no one else worth watching (Geena Davis is sadly underused). Chase seems born to play I.M. "Fletch" Fletcher, a disillusioned investigative reporter whose cynicism and detached view on life mirrors the actor's understated approach to comedy. Fletcher offers Chase the opportunity to adopt numerous personas, as his job requires numerous (bad) physical disguises, and much of film's humor centers on the ridiculous idea that any of these phony accents or bad hairpieces could fool anyone. These not-so-clever disguises are put to use when Fletch becomes involved in the film's smart but continually self-mocking two-part mystery. As well as trying to gather drug-smuggling evidence against the LAPD for a long-overdue newspaper story, a rich and apparently terminally ill stranger also offers Fletch a large payoff to kill him. While the film does a fairly good job juggling both of these plots, not to mention tossing in a love interest as well, it's subservient, for better or worse, to Chase's memorable one-liners and disguises. Followed by two forgettable sequels that lack both the original's wit and Chase's attention span. The DVD version includes production notes and a theatrical trailer, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1:85 to 1. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase), or Fletch, as he is known to his friends, is an investigative reporter who wirtes under the name of Jane Doe ("Hey, it's better than Irwin"). While working a drug story at the beach, he is propositioned by Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson), a wealthy buisnessman, to kill him for fifty grand, claiming he is dying of cancer. Sensing a scam, Fletch goes undercover to find clues, and gets help from fellow journalist Larry (Geena Davis), in order to crack the case. He winds up in trouble with the police, finding the drug source, fiding out Stanwyk's motives, and in another man's suit.
The 80's Chase classic, with Chase in top form as Fletch. Matheson is great as Stanwyk, and everyone else does a great job. Direction by the late Michael Ritchie and writing by Andrew Bergman are excellent. The disc comes in widescreen, with very little grain. The sound is in Dolby Surround 2.0, and sounds great for a movie this old. The extras are lacking, with production notes, cast and crew bios, and a trailer. Not much, where's the SPECIAL EDITION?
(1985, PG)
Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher: Chevy Chase
Chief Karlin: Joe Don Baker
Gail Stanwyk: Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Frank Walker: Richard Libertini
Alan Stanwyk: Tim Matheson
Dr. Dolan: M. Emmet Walsh
Director: Michael Ritchie
Writers: Gregory McDonald (novel), Andrew Bergman
VIDEO: 4.5
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I have a somewhat modified rating system. There are movies that suck; those are one star. There are mediocre movies; those get two stars. There are good movies; those get three stars. There are movies which you watch and suspect you'll watch again; those get four. And then, of course, there's the movies you watch for the first time -- and then, on the way home, still laughing, go to the store, buy, wake up your wife, and force her to watch, but of course she doesn't really get it, and is mostly irritated at you, but you don't regret it because man, it's really just that funny, and you skip work the next day and watch it a couple more times, and by the end of the week you and all of your buddies telling a waiter "I'll have a steak sandwich and... a steak sandwich" and giggling. Monty Python's "Holy Grail" is the, well, the grail shaped beacon of these movies; "A Fish Called Wanda", perhaps "There's Something About Mary." These are comedies with staying power; humor which uses more than shock and vulgarity, motivated by the lunacy of the human condition.
If you haven't seen "Fletch", well, frankly, I'm jealous. I'll never get to see it for the first time again, and there just aren't that many treasures like this out there.
And if you have seen it, you know you want to see it again, and you'll end up watching enough times to justify the cost, and, what the heck. Charge it to the Underhills.
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I thank Michael Ritchie for making this great,hilarious,comedy.Chevy Chase stars as Irwin M.Fletcher.( Just call him FLETCH.) AN Investigativereporter for the L.A. times under the headline ofJANE DOE, " hey its better than Irwin." Fletch is investigating the drug trafficing on the SantaMonica beach until he is confronted by a richman named ALAN STANWYK, who asks fletch tokill him for a huge sum of" 50,000 dollars".( hey,remember the eighties, please.) Fletch agrees modestly knowing for sure that this STANWYK ISputting him on. As Fletch investigates, he slowlyfinds that STANWYK is involvd in the beach thingtoo. The story goes on, and on until a great climax, and in the end Fletch is strolling downRio De Janeiro with STANWYK'S BEAUTIFUL wife.( An 80's out Dana Wheeler Nicholson, future New York Independent film romantic comedy Queen.) As hard as it may seem this film as had so muchmeaning to me,both as a youngster and as an adult. Maybe it's just Chevy,( In obviously his bestrole,since SNL.) But the film has much great help from such actors as Geena Davis,( her moviedebut; In curly red hair.) Richard Libertini,( As Fletches editor boss.) George Wendt and A blackactor whom I dont know his name,( As FAT SAM andGUMMY: TWO MINOR league junkies.) Joe Don Baker,( As drug kingpin/ police chief: THE CHIEF.) TIMMATHESON,( AS STANWYK.) KAREEM Abdul- Jabbar,(Ashimself.) A short stocky bald actor whom I dontknow,( As Arnold T. Pants, attorney to the formerMrs. Irwin M. Fletcher.) Anyway if I have'ntyet gotten to you take this advice," See It". It's great I like it, I thank Michael Richie, and screenwriter Andrew Bergman for changing amedi-ocre Novel into a Comedic masterpiece. Alsonote great titles with the Porno music in thebackground. Great Movie..... c. 1985. Michael Ritchie... FLETCH.
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"Fletch" may be the movie with the most JPM (Jokes per minute), some outrageously funny, and some very subtle (such as Fletch's boss holding the coffee pot..."Can I help you with that?". If you dont' laugh at least once during this movie, you absolutely have no sense of humor.
Chevy Chase IS I.M. Fletcher. Given Chase's style, I don't see how this character could have been played by anyone else. And it's a good thing, too. There are few films where the lead character is so completely dominant. There isn't a single scene without him, and only a few shots that do not either have him on screen or are shot from his perspective. So the burden of pulling this film off falls squarely on Chase, and he delivers in spades.
This doesn't mean that the rest of the cast doesn't have a significant contribution. 2 of them stand out: Richard Libertini, as Fletch's hi-strung boss, and William Traylor as Ted Underhill, who unwittingly finances some of Fletch's adventures. The rest put in solid, if unremarkable performances.
There is a plethora of quotable dialogue ("If you shoot me, you're going to lose a lot of those humanitarian awards") and memorable scenes (such as the VFW-type dinner) to keep you laughing. A definate classic.
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