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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Andrew Bergman, Gregory McDonald
  • Producers: Alan Greisman, Gordon A. Webb, Peter Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fletch (Chevy Chase), a newspaper reporter with a talent for disguise, is working undercover to catch some drug traffickers when he meets wealthy businessman Stanwyk (Tim Matheson). Claiming to be suffering from terminal cancer, Stanwyk asks Fletch to engineer a break-in to his mansion and bump him off so that his wife can claim the life insurance. Smelling a rat, Fletch goes undercover to investigate. Followed by a sequel, 'Fletch Lives'.

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Fletch is a fairly sarcastic and occasionally very funny Chevy Chase vehicle scripted by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas) from Gregory McDonald's lightweight mystery novel about an undercover newspaper reporter cracking a police drug ring. Enjoyment of the film pivots on whether you find Chase's flippant, smart-ass brand of verbal humour 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 IM "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 humour centres on the ridiculous idea that any of these phoney 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, they're 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.--Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I saw Fletch Lives first, when I was just 9, and it really appealed to my sense of humor at the time (and my sense of humor now too, I guess). It was easily accessible for a kid, but I was originally disappointed when I first saw Fletch because it was more serious and a lot of jokes just went over my head.

As a result Fletch appeals to the adult in me while Fletch Lives appeals to the kid barely concealed inside. There's loads of great one-liners from our man Chase and even if that doesn't float your boat Harold Faltermeyer's score is just plain awesome. It's unfortunate that "Irwin F" never became as famous or iconic as "Axel F".

I've read the book, and it's as different as it is similar to the plot of the movie, except for one major difference; Fletch's cases are not connected in the book but they are in the movie. Gregory MacDonald had the final say on who they cast as Fletch and rejected Burt Reynolds (no way) and Mick Jagger (say what???) before approving Chase. Along with Clark W. Griswold he's his most famous character (Ty Webb coming in at 3rd place).

It's not aged so well though, the film is clearly very 80s, unlike the sequel which doesn't use any pop songs, But even if the pop tunes anchor this in 1985 it's still one of the best comedies of that decade and no one can call themselves a film buff without owning/watching.

The Blu Ray features a 1080p 1.85:1 picture but since much of the film has a rather drab color pallet only a few nicely-shot scenes look good. The DTS-HD MA sound really brings Faltermeyer's score to life though. Extras do not feature Chase and are in standard definition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mike@mike95.fsnet.co.uk on 21 Jun. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After watching Fletch you'll never diss Chevy Chase again. Forget all past and present performances by this one time 'Saturday Night Live' stand up comedian, Fletch is the comedy of all comedies. From the classic Mr Poon to the unforgettable roller skating rabbi, you'll be splitting your sides from start to finish. He takes newspaper reporting to a whole new level. Ever seen a comedy this good? "No, never, never". Well "not since breakfast". Oh, and when you buy this film, charge it to Mr. Underhill!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MarmiteMan on 21 Jun. 2002
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A comedy mystery, adapted from Gregory McDonald's novel, but very much a vehicle for Saturday Night Live comedian Chevy Chase.
Ace undercover investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher adopts numerous disguises and personæ to get to the bottom of two different cases which actually turn out to be part of the same scam, involving fraud, bigamy, narcotics and police corruption. Along with the disguises comes a variety of deadpan noms de jours that poke fun at, presumably, certain types of Californians in general - eg. "Nugent. Ted Nugent", "Igor Strawinsky" and "Don Corleone."
The film's slow pace and Chase's comic manner may be an irritant to some, but the film has moments when it simply tickles the funny-bone. Such as the aero-engineers discussing the by-pass valve, the roller-skating rabbi on the beach, and the near-cringeing evading the cops during a Veterans' meet (Fred 'the Dorf' Dorffler). A nice Hollywood in-joke is squeaky-clean 'Jim-Bob Walton' (yes, 't is he!) as the teenage car-thief with dental braces. Fletch's penchant for the Los Angeles Lakers is rewarded with a nice cameo from then-larger-than-life popular basketball-player Kareem Abdul-Jabar.
Director Michael Ritchie's lightness of touch, along with understated support from Richard Libertini, Tim Matheson, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joe Don Baker and an early-in-their-careers Geena Davis and George Wendt, allow Chase's style of comedy to never become either too overbearing or too quirky (although Ted Underhill's credit card must have helped ...). However, four years later, both Ritchie and Chase conspired to lose that quite successful touch with the irredeemably dire Fletch Lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri M. A. Hubbard on 15 April 2008
Format: DVD
Dr. Joseph Dolan: You know, it's a shame about Ed.
Fletch: Oh, it was. Yeah, it was really a shame. To go so suddenly like that.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: He was dying for years.
Fletch: Sure, but... the end was very... very sudden.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: He was in intensive care for eight weeks.
Fletch: Yeah, but I mean the very end, when he actually died. That was extremely sudden.

And so Chevy Chase, reporter managers to bungle his way through many different undercover guises in the way to getting his story... and you will enjoy the ride, because it is funny, and dry and off the wall.

Incidentally I don't know why Chevy Chase seemed to get less funny as he got older. Same thing that happened to Steve Martin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nevs on 29 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
Chevy Chase is brilliant and his comedy acting is at its very best in Fletch.

Fletch is an investigative reporter, trying to serialise the lives of beach down and out's and their attachment to drugs and crime. The investigation uncovers a life insurance fraud.

Master of disguise, Fletch, charms/cons his way into the case with hilarious scenes throughout.

A+ for this one.
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