In the mid-80s, Hollywood funnyman Chevy Chase was at the height of his fame. After a successful stint on TV’s Saturday Night Live, he’d proven himself a big box office draw in such movies as "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Vacation". In 1985, Chase tried his hand at something a tiny bit more serious with this 80’s Flick - a comedy thriller which cast him in the title role as an investigative journalist with a knack for sniffing out a big story and the quick wits to bluff his way to the truth. While the movie fully capitalized on Chase’s established comedic gifts, it also allowed him to play a more heroic leading man. So sit back, relax, and grab a steak sandwich that you put on the Underhill’s tab at the tennis club as Tim Williams and guest co-host Gerry D. from "Totally Rad Christmas Podcast" discuss “Fletch” from 1985 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback Podcast.
Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:
In the original novel, Chief Karlin and Alan Stanwyk were separate adversaries who were not working together. In the novel, Fletch broke the "drugs on the beach" story which resulted in an indictment against Chief Karlin. However, he had eluded arrest and was a fugitive by the end of the story. When Fletch confronts Stanwyk at his mansion about faking the cancer, it's discovered that Chief Karlin had followed Fletch there and shot Stanwyk from outside the house by accident. He was actually trying to kill Fletch. In the novel, as well as Gregory MacDonald's other Fletch stories, Fletch is sarcastic and jokey, just not as light-hearted as Chevy Chase's portrayal. In the books, he's much more cynical and mean-spirited in his humor.
The Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score is currently 81%
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Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver
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