History Film / Fletch

20th Aug '16 7:19:37 AM KneadToKnow
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* DudeNotFunny: In universe, the reaction of the African-American emcee at Fred Dorfmann's banquet on being called "Sammy," at least as soon as Fletch's back is turned. While Fletch is looking at him, it's more ActuallyPrettyFunny.
19th Aug '16 7:13:02 AM KneadToKnow
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* HollywoodSpelling: Averted with Stanwyk: Fletch spells the last bit for Larry to help her search for articles. Averted also with Chief Karlin, when Fletch confirms "So that's Karlin with a K, right?" But to be fair, he's a reporter and Karlin is DaChief, so he'd probably know. Played straight as an arrow with Swarthout, which most people would need both repeated ''and'' spelled out over a mid-80s long distance connection to have a hope of getting right.
19th Aug '16 7:07:32 AM KneadToKnow
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Irwin M. Fletcher (Chevy Chase), better known as 'Fletch', writes a column for a Los Angeles newspaper under the byline 'Jane Doe'. He's working undercover at a local beach where a lot of hard drug-trafficking is taking place when he is suddenly cornered by Alan Stanwyck (Tim Matheson) who, assuming him to be one of the many junkies floating around the beach, makes him a strange offer. Claiming he has incurable cancer, Stanwyck asks Fletch to murder him a week from that date in order to both avoid his suffering and to provide for his family by allowing them to claim life insurance. Intrigued, Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyck's claims, discovering that things may be tied in with the story he is investigating at the beach, and that a sinister police chief (Joe Don Baker) may also be involved...

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Irwin M. Fletcher (Chevy Chase), better known as 'Fletch', writes a column for a Los Angeles newspaper under the byline 'Jane Doe'. He's working undercover at a local beach where a lot of hard drug-trafficking is taking place when he is suddenly cornered by Alan Stanwyck Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) who, assuming him to be one of the many junkies floating around the beach, makes him a strange offer. Claiming he has incurable cancer, Stanwyck Stanwyk asks Fletch to murder him a week from that date in order to both avoid his suffering and to provide for his family by allowing them to claim life insurance. Intrigued, Fletch begins to investigate Stanwyck's Stanwyk's claims, discovering that things may be tied in with the story he is investigating at the beach, and that a sinister police chief (Joe Don Baker) may also be involved...



* AmericanGothicCouple: Stanwyck's parents, in essence if not in image.

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* AmericanGothicCouple: Stanwyck's Stanwyk's parents, in essence if not in image.



** The Stanwycks remark at his being named after President UsefulNotes/HarryTruman.

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** The Stanwycks Stanwyks remark at his being named after President UsefulNotes/HarryTruman.



* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: Chief of Police Karlin is behind the drug running on the beach, along with Stanwyck. Most of the other cops who appear are pretty corrupt as well.]]

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* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: Chief of Police Karlin is behind the drug running on the beach, along with Stanwyck.Stanwyk. Most of the other cops who appear are pretty corrupt as well.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: Alan Stanwyck. He is unfailingly polite when he first meets Fletch, but he obviously figures him to be a disposable lowlife.
* ForcedIntoEvil: Fat Sam and Gummy in the first movie. They are drug dealers, but it's made pretty clear that they're just low-level junkies being exploited and forced into dealing by people higher up the food chain. [[spoiler: Namely, Stanwyck and Chief Karlin.]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Alan Stanwyck.Stanwyk. He is unfailingly polite when he first meets Fletch, but he obviously figures him to be a disposable lowlife.
* ForcedIntoEvil: Fat Sam and Gummy in the first movie. They are drug dealers, but it's made pretty clear that they're just low-level junkies being exploited and forced into dealing by people higher up the food chain. [[spoiler: Namely, Stanwyck Stanwyk and Chief Karlin.]]



* IronicEcho: A visual example. [[spoiler: In the first scene where Stanwyck approaches Fletch, Stanwyck is in a smart suit and Fletch in a scruffy Lakers shirt and jeans. In the last scene, they've essentially switched clothing -- Stanwyck because he's actually planning on killing Fletch, Fletch because he's long since figured out that this is what Stanwyck's planning on doing. And because it's actually Stanwyck's suit, which Fletch acquired prior to sleeping with Stanwyck's wife.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Stanwyck is planning to shoot Fletch, having lured him there with the whole "I'm dying and want you to kill me for the insurance" thing. He ends up getting shot and killed by the Chief, who he was double-crossing.]]

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* IronicEcho: A visual example. [[spoiler: In the first scene where Stanwyck Stanwyk approaches Fletch, Stanwyck Stanwyk is in a smart suit and Fletch in a scruffy Lakers shirt and jeans. In the last scene, they've essentially switched clothing -- Stanwyck Stanwyk because he's actually planning on killing Fletch, Fletch because he's long since figured out that this is what Stanwyck's Stanwyk's planning on doing. And because it's actually Stanwyck's Stanwyk's suit, which Fletch acquired prior to sleeping with Stanwyck's Stanwyk's wife.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Stanwyck Stanwyk is planning to shoot Fletch, having lured him there with the whole "I'm dying and want you to kill me for the insurance" thing. He ends up getting shot and killed by the Chief, who he was double-crossing.]]



* NoHonorAmongThieves: How the villains are undone at the end. [[spoiler: Turns out Stanwyck, learning on the grapevine that Fletch's story was on the verge of blowing the drug smuggling at the beach wide open, decided to fake his death and flee to Rio with his wife (well, one of them) and several hundred thousand dollars that the Chief of Police had staked him for the next shipment. The Chief, naturally, was not overly pleased.]]
* OhCrap: At the end [[spoiler: when Fletch realizes that performing TheSummation on Stanwyck's scheme won't actually stop Stanwyck from, well, going through with his scheme.]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Stanwyck]]:''' I was already gonna commit one murder, ''assface'', what makes think I won't commit two?

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: How the villains are undone at the end. [[spoiler: Turns out Stanwyck, Stanwyk, learning on the grapevine that Fletch's story was on the verge of blowing the drug smuggling at the beach wide open, decided to fake his death and flee to Rio with his wife (well, one of them) and several hundred thousand dollars that the Chief of Police had staked him for the next shipment. The Chief, naturally, was not overly pleased.]]
* OhCrap: At the end [[spoiler: when Fletch realizes that performing TheSummation on Stanwyck's Stanwyk's scheme won't actually stop Stanwyck Stanwyk from, well, going through with his scheme.]]
--> '''[[spoiler:Stanwyck]]:''' '''[[spoiler:Stanwyk]]:''' I was already gonna commit one murder, ''assface'', what makes think I won't commit two?
15th Jun '16 9:59:24 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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--> '''Fletch''': Whoops.

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--> '''Fletch''': '''[[spoiler:Stanwyck]]:''' I was already gonna commit one murder, ''assface'', what makes think I won't commit two?
--> '''Fletch''': ...
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* TooDumbToFool: Fletch's attempt to bluff a shotgun-wielding landlord falls utterly flat when the old man doesn't understand his made-up excuses and keeps circling back to threatening to call the cops. Fletch makes a run for it after giving the poor guy [[GroinAttack a kick to the balls]], which he seems to comprehend just fine.
1st Apr '16 11:48:21 PM DoctorNemesis
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* ForcedIntoEvil: Fat Sam and Gummy in the first movie. They are drug dealers, but it's made pretty clear that they're just low-level junkies being exploited and forced into dealing by people higher up the food chain. [[spoiler: Namely, Stanwyck and Chief Karlin.]]
11th Feb '16 9:12:56 PM BDA1978
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* UncleTomfoolery: Calculus Entropy

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* UncleTomfoolery: Calculus EntropyEntropy. [[spoiler: It turns out to be an act and he is in fact an undercover FBI agent.]]
11th Feb '16 9:10:32 PM BDA1978
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* UncleTomfoolery: Calculus Entropy
27th Jan '16 9:26:55 PM cfive
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* GuileHero: Fletch gets by solely on his cleverness and ability to fool people.
7th Aug '15 5:11:55 AM falcon2484
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* SequelNonEntity: Larry, Fletch's GirlFriday at the newspaper in ''Fletch'', is nowhere to be found in the sequel. Likewise with Gail Stanwyk, a sufferer of the CartwrightCurse. The same can't be said for Mr. Underhill, although he was pretty much DemotedToExtra (after being not much more than an extra in the first film), only appearing in a DreamSequence (and then only in a panoramic CrowdSong, at that!).

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* SequelNonEntity: Larry, Fletch's GirlFriday at the newspaper in ''Fletch'', is nowhere to be found in the sequel. Likewise with Gail Stanwyk, a sufferer of the CartwrightCurse. The same can't be said for Mr. Underhill, although he was pretty much DemotedToExtra (after being not much more than an extra in the first film), only appearing in a DreamSequence (and then only in a panoramic CrowdSong, at that!).
7th Aug '15 5:11:10 AM falcon2484
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* SequelNonEntity: Larry, Fletch's GirlFriday at the newspaper in ''Fletch'', is nowhere to be found in the sequel. Likewise with Gail Stanwyk, a sufferer of the CartwrightCurse. The same can't be said for Mr. Underhill, although he was pretty much DemotedToExtra (after being not much more than an extra in the first film), only appearing in a DreamSequence (and then only in a wide-angle CrowdSong, at that!).

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* SequelNonEntity: Larry, Fletch's GirlFriday at the newspaper in ''Fletch'', is nowhere to be found in the sequel. Likewise with Gail Stanwyk, a sufferer of the CartwrightCurse. The same can't be said for Mr. Underhill, although he was pretty much DemotedToExtra (after being not much more than an extra in the first film), only appearing in a DreamSequence (and then only in a wide-angle panoramic CrowdSong, at that!).
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