Movie Title: Fletch
Release Year: 1985
Director: Michael Ritche
Actors / Actresses: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Tim Matheson…and more
Irwin Fletcher is a newspaper reporter who goes undercover to unmask a drug ring. He publishes his articles under the pen name Jane Doe, because his articles seem to rattle people. In his efforts Fletch poses as a bum, where he is asked by Alan Stanwyk to kill him for $50,000. Fletch thinks Alan Stanwyk is cancer ridden and wants to die so his wife will recieve insurance money. Fletch finds out that Alan Stanwyk is in good health and the plot continues to thicken.
Fletch is a Roll on Floor laugh marathon. Chevy Chase is brilliant and absolutely hilarious throughout this 98 minute film.
Teenager: Are you a cop?
Fletch: As far as you know.
Teenager: Are you gonna take me to jail for car theft?
Fletch: Why? Did you steal the car?
Teenager: I sure did.
Fletch: Well, I’m not even sure that’s a crime anymore. There’ve been a lot of changes in the law.
Alan Stanwyck: If you reject the proposition, you keep the thousand – and your mouth shut.
Fletch: Does this proposition entail my dressing up as Little Bo Peep?
Alan Stanwyck: It’s nothing of a sexual nature, I assure you.
Fletch: Yeah, I assure you.
Alan Stanwyck: One thousand just to listen? I don’t see how you can pass that up, Mr…?
Fletch: Nugent. Ted Nugent.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: So where do you know Alan from?
Fletch: We play tennis at the club.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Really? California Racquet Club?
Dr. Joseph Dolan: That’s my club too. I don’t remember seeing you there.
Fletch: Well, I haven’t been playing in a while because of these kidney pains.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Right. Now, how long have you had these pains, Mr. Barber?
Fletch: No, that’s “Babar”.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Two B’s?
Fletch: One B. B-A-B-A-R.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: That’s two.
Fletch: Yeah, but not right next to each other. I thought that’s what you meant.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Arnold Babar. Isn’t there a children’s book about an elephant named Babar?
Fletch: I don’t know. I don’t have any.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: No children?
Fletch: No elephant books.
[to Gail Stanwyck, who answers the door wearing a towel]
Fletch: Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.