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Fletch
Fletch
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The Charge
Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear.

Opening Statement
Chevy Chase, at the top of his game, mixes smart-aleck, deadpan humor and serious suspense to perfection in Fletch. Based on the best-selling character from Gregory McDonald's series of books and sporting a fantastic synth-pop soundtrack by Harold Faltermeyer (Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun and The Running Man), Fletch is a favorite piece of '80s entertainment. However, being one of Universal's earlier releases, Fletch is somewhat lacking as a DVD.

The Evidence
Meet Jane Doe. Well, she's really a he, by the name of Irwin Fletcher (a.k.a. Fletch) (Chevy Chase), who writes an investigative expose column under that alternate gender pseudonym for a Los Angeles paper. As Fletch opens, Jane Doe poses as an "amiable, minor-league junkie" as he looks into a drug distribution network on the local beaches. He knows the main dealer, Fat Sam (George Wendt), and figures that sad-sack beach bum Gummy (Larry Flash Jenkins) is linked in somehow, but suddenly a stranger makes Fletch a can't-refuse proposition.

Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) wants Fletch to murder him. He claims to have been spying on Fletch (in his junkie persona) for several weeks, and has picked Fletch as suitable for the task. Stanwyk says he has incurable bone cancer and wants both to end his prospective suffering and to let his wife claim his life insurance proceeds. He promises Fletch a guaranteed escape and the princely sum of $50,000 cash for the murder. Having thus stumbled into a grotesque plot, Fletch feigns interest as his reporter's instincts kick into overdrive.

Dodging his nervous editor, 'Frank' Walker (Richard Libertini), Fletch starts digging into Alan Stanwyk's file, learning that his patron has married into the big money of Boyd Aviation. Next, an uncomfortable trip to Stanwyk's internist (never, EVER, complain of fake kidney pains!) and the records room at the local hospital directly contradict Stanwyk's dire claims of his poor health. With even more questions, Fletch adopts the persona of one of Alan's fly-boy buddies to (ahem) pump the delectable Mrs. Gail Stanwyk (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) for information, while running up a huge lunch tab at the local country club at the expense of an arrogant jerk, Mr. Underhill (William Traylor). Further trips to Alan Stanwyk's father-in-law, Stanton Boyd (as accident-prone SEC bureaucrat Mr. Poon), and to Provo, Utah, to burglarize the office of Stanwyk's realtor, Jim Swarthout (William Sanderson), supply more clues that Alan is up to some sort of scam.

Upon his return from Utah, Fletch rudely learns that the local police are none too happy to have learned of his undercover beach investigation. Chief Karlin (Joe Don Baker) is deadly serious when he tells Fletch to cease and desist, claiming a danger to his own investigation on the beach. Having narrowly escaped harm at Karlin's hands, Fletch invests 49 cents on novelty teeth for a goofy invasion of Boyd Aviation to dig more dirt before deciding on a heart to heart with Gail Stanwyk. Somewhat disenchanted with her playboy husband, she is truly shocked when Fletch sketches out Alan's shady behavior, but seems willing to help when needed.

When surveillance of Alan Stanwyk yields links to Chief Karlin, Fletch knows that he is swimming into treacherous, deep waters, and is proven right when a horde of police pops up and is out for his blood. Escaping by the narrowest of margins, Fletch uses another trip to Utah to unearth the final facts of Stanwyk's criminal enterprise, which also means a humiliating shock for Gail Stanwyk. Now that all the "cards" are on the table, Fletch solves the riddle of the beach drug investigation and the mystery of Stanwyk's murderous proposition all in one momentous evening.

In the end, Fletch is a reasonably intelligent crime drama dressed up with patented Chevy Chase dry wit and nearly absurd disguises, but without pushing over the line into slapstick or parody. By no means is this a sophisticated sort of humor, nor will you likely be rolling on the floor in gales of laughter, but you may smile, chuckle, and roll your eyes from start to finish. The best that I can say about any movie is that it stands up, viewing after viewing, and Fletch falls in that category.

Thanks to DVDVerdict.com

 

Fletch Soundtrack
Track Listing:

1] BIT BY BIT
by Stephanie Mills
2] FLETCH, GET OUTTA TOWN
by Dan Hartman
3] RUNNING FOR LOVE
by John Farnham
4] NAME OF THE GAME
by Dan Hartman
5] FLETCH THEME
by Harold Faltermeyer
6] A LETTER TO BOTH SIDES
by The Fixx
7] IS IT OVER
by Kim Wilde
8] DIGGIN' IN
by Harold Faltermeyer
9] EXOTIC SKATES
by Harold Faltermeyer
10] RUNNING FOR LOVE (Instrumental)
by Harold Faltermeyer

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Fletch's Vital Statistics:

6' 5"

Without the afro

6' 9"

With the afro

Tap the buttons to download some Fletch soundbites:


"Using the whole fist, Doc?"

"How do you spell Babar?"

"It's all ball bearings these days!"

"Beluga caviar, seníor."

"Bit By Bit" title song

"Does this entail me dressing up as little bo peep?"

"Boyd aviation..."

"I'm in bridge work."

"She moved out!"

"A damn fine answer if I do say so my damn self."

"Come on, Frank, I'll buy you some new deodorant."

"Did the mrs. chief of police help out?"

"Fletch. F. Fletch."

"My name is Irwin Fletch..."

"Tiera del fuego."

"Must be that pederast, Hanrahan."

"You're liable to lose all of those humanitarian awards."

"My name is Igor Stravinsky"

"Manure spreader jack-knifed on the Santa Anna."

"I'm John. John Cock-tos-ten."

"I'm not sure it's not for a lack of looking."

"The name's Liddy. Gordon Liddy."

"I like men..."

"Oh, funny boy."

"Mr. Nugent. Ted Nugent."

"I have the same trouble with my staff."

"Comanche Indian."

"Oh it's me, Dr. Rosen Penis."

"Do you own rubber gloves?"

"I don't shower much."

"Ever seen a spleen that large?"

"Hi, I'm Harry S. Truman."

"He went out for his urinalysis."

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