The Cheap Detective PG

Who dunnit? This time it's Neil Simon who's really dunnit.
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  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: January 5, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1978
  • Label: Columbia Pictures / Screen Classics by Request

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Total Count: 15


User Ratings: 1,512
Rating: C+ -- Disappointing thin comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 30, 2017
Rating: 3/5 -- Better received in 1978 than now when it seems too contrived.
Dec 20, 2005
Rating: 4/5 -- Very funny send-up of the hard-boiled detective genre.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nov 20, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- Not even in the same galaxy as Neil Simon's best work, but fans of the genre will appreciate the gags.
Jul 26, 2002
Rating: 2/4 -- If you loved The Maltese Falcon and can recite all the best lines from Casablanca by heart, you'll hate The Cheap Detective, which is basically just the year's classiest and most expensive rip-off. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jun 15, 2018
There are some moments of forced silliness, but the average of hilarity is impressive. Full Review
Associated Press
Jul 17, 2019
Rating: 8/10 -- You don't have to be familiar with Casablanca or The Maltese Falcon to appreciate the humor but it helps. Writer Neil Simon has thoroughly spoofed both classics.
Movie Metropolis
Dec 11, 2001

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Neil Simon's spoof of CASABLANCA and THE MALTESE FALCON, among others, tells the story of private detective Lou Peckinpaugh (Peter Falk), a man accused of killing his own partner. As Peckinpaugh follows a trail of looney characters around San Francisco, he uncovers a plot involving a dozen diamonds hidden in an egg carton. Meanwhile, he also attempts to help members of the French Resistance find safe passage to Oakland. In addition, he must assist the group in the search for their missing liquor license; it was stolen by a Member of the Nazi Party -- which just so happens to be based in Cincinnati.


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