"Can I help you Dr....'"--Receptionist "Oh it's me, Dr. Rosenpenis. I'm just here to check out Alan Stanwyk's file."--Fletch (Chevy Chase) "Dr. who'"--Receptionist "Dr. Rosenrosen. I'm here to get into the records room."--Fletch "What was that name again'"--Receptionist "It's Dr. Rosen, I want to check the records room."--Fletch "Dr. who'"--Receptionist "Dr. Rosen! Where's the records room'"
"Where am I'"--Fletch "You're in the records room."--Records nurse "Oh. Do you have the Beatles' White Album' Never mind...just bring me a cup of hot fat. And the head of Alfredo Garcia."
"That's an interesting name, Mr...'"-Doctor "Babar."--Fletch "Is that with one B or two'"--Doctor "One. B-A-B-A-R."--Fletch "That's two."--Doctor "Yeah, but not right next to each other. That's what I thought you meant."--Fletch "Isn't there a children's book about an elephant named Babar'"--Doctor "Ha, ha, ha. I wouldn't know. I don't have any."--Fletch "No children'"--Doctor "No elephant books."
"Does this proposition entail my dressing up as Little Bo Peep'"--Fletch "It's nothing of a sexual nature, I assure you."--Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson) "Yeah, I assure you."--Fletch "One thousand just to listen. I don't see how you can pass that up, Mr...'"--Alan Stanwyk "Nugent. Ted Nugent."
New York Times - 05/31/1985
"...Easy charm....An enjoyable paperback of a film..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/31/1985
"...FLETCH is smart, dead-pan dry and funny..."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
Premiere - 06/01/2009 4 stars out of 4 -- "One of the most quotable comedies ever made where Chase is at the top of his game."
Loosely based on the book by Gregory McDonald, director Michael Ritchie's FLETCH is a laugh-out-loud comedy that features a classic performance by Chevy Chase, who stars as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, a crack investigative journalist who goes undercover for a story about possible connections between the L.A. police department and the local drug trade. He gets derailed when a Santa Monica businessman, Alan Stanwyk (Tim Matheson), mistakes him for a homeless man and offers him $50,000 to commit a murder. The man claims to have terminal bone cancer but can't commit suicide if he wants his family to collect on his insurance policy, so he wants Fletch to do his dirty work. Fletch pretends to accept the offer and finds that it leads him deeper into the heart of his own investigation. Working from a crackling script by Andrew Bergman, Chase relishes every line of dialogue written for his goofy, master-of-disguise character, making FLETCH one of the most influential and oft-quoted comedies of the 1980s.
An investigative reporter with a talent for disguise becomes involved in a huge drug smuggling scheme and police corruption after answering the bizarre request of a dying man.