Fletch (1985) – 8/10 classic comedy thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Chevy Chase: Fletch
Joe Don Baker: Chief Karlin
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson: Gail Stanwyck
Richard Libertini: Walker
Tim Matheson: Stanwyck
Music Composer: Harold Faltermeyer
Writer (Original Novel): Gregory McDonald
Writer (Screenplay): Andrew Bergman
Producer: Alan Greisman
Producer: Peter Douglas
Director: Michael Ritchie

Fletch (1985)

Undercover reporter Irwin M. Fletcher is investigating a drug smuggling ring when he is asked by Alan Stanwyck, a wealthy young man with bone cancer who thinks Fletch is a druggie, to kill him.


Classic, if slightly forgotten (along with the equally good Stakeout), eighties comedy thriller which, unlike Beverly Hills Cop before it and Lethal Weapon after it, was actually a comedy. This is a timeless, charming, generously funny movie with Chevy Chase on iconic form (he always says the witty thing you wish you’d said)  but the surprise is that the mystery story is good and every supporting character has something that’s interesting, important or fun about them. Special mention for Harold Faltermeyer’s classic music and theme song.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and drug references and violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.



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