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Foul Play (1978)

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

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When, unbeknownst to Gloria, a microfilm cassette is left with her by a dying agent, she becomes entangled in a complicated series of events. She's pursued by a dwarf and an albino, and becomes convinced that they are out to kill her. Finally, with the help of San Francisco detective Tony Carlson, she begins to turn the tables on her pursuers. It becomes clear that the nerfarious crew after her are plotting a dastardly deed indeed - to assassinate the Pope as he visits the city to see _The Mikado_. Gloria and Tony must race against time to prevent this terrible crime. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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14 July 1978 (USA)  »

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Killing Lydia  »

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$44,999,621
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Trivia

A 1981 prime-time screening of this movie on American television was pulled from airing, due to the first attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, May 13, 1981. An assassination of a pope was part of the film's storyline. See more »

Goofs

When Officer Carlson drives his car into the Italian restaurant, the spaghetti and fork on one of the plates stays perfectly in place as it slides off the overturned table. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Mundy: Take me home.
Stanley Tibbits: What?
Gloria Mundy: Take me home, please.
Stanley Tibbits: Uh, sure. Um... my place or-or, yours?
Gloria Mundy: Which is closer?
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Esme the snake is played by Shirley Python See more »

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Spoofs The Wrong Man (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Copacabana (At The Copa)
Written by Jack Feldman, Bruce Sussman, and Barry Manilow
Sung by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records
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Fear, then laughter, then fear again, only to laugh so hard it hurts.
7 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

From the beginning when Chevy Chase flirts with Goldie Hawn you get the idea it is going to be offbeat but nothing prepares you for the gems in this movie. The friends, the good guys, the bad guys, even a snake are not always who they seem to be. The target even more of a surprise in a movie that includes Japanese tourists, an albino, a dwarf, a bible salesman, an orchestra conductor, the pope, and the most straight laced librarian in San Francisco. Chevy Chase is the copy you expect from a movie set in San Francisco but nothing else is.

Never have I seen anything like the scene between Ms. Roberts and Mr. Meredith. But there is still a car chase and an opera with a final scene more dramatic than you realize until the sound of one man clapping makes you laugh again and realize how well this whole thing was put together. Take a second curtain call at the end. You all deserve it.


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