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  • Actors: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 1, 1997
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300213692
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Not short on murder, mayhem, or any other screwball '70s conventions, Foul Play is a wonderful vehicle for Goldie Hawn. She plays Gloria, a librarian "ready to take a chance again," who ends up the target of an assassination ring. Chevy Chase, fresh off of Saturday Night Live, does the closest thing to real acting he would ever achieve (okay, maybe Fletch) as Tony, the cop assigned to protect Gloria. Dudley Moore made an indelible impression on American audiences as Stanley Tibbets, a surprisingly kinky symphony conductor. But it's the quirky things that make this film: the grandmothers playing Scrabble with expletives, Burgess Meredith's snake Esme, the old Japanese couple in the back of the careening limo. From the opening credits with Barry Manilow crooning the title song, this is a fond trip down memory lane. --Keith Simanton

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I just love this movie, ever since i saw it over ten years ago.
Hege Hansen
Overall, I rate "Foul Play" with 5 out of 5 stars and am very happy to see it finally released on DVD.
M. Hart
Still a very funny comedy/thriller with really good performances from Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase.
M. B. DaVega

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on November 14, 2004
Format: DVD
After his meteoric rise in popularity from starring in the inaugural season of the ongoing, late-night TV comedy variety show "Saturday Night Live" (1975-), now veteran film actor Chevy Chase effectively began his big-screen career along side veteran big-screen comedic actress Goldie Hawn in the hilarious 1978 film "Foul Play". Taking place in the beautiful city of San Francisco, the single librarian Gloria Mundy (Goldie Hawn) becomes unwittingly entangled in a mysterious terrorist plot to kill Pope Pius XIII (Cyril Magnin, 1899-1988) when (while visiting San Francisco) he attends a performance of the 1885 opera "The Mikado" by William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900). After Gloria witnesses a brutal killing and escapes an attempt on her own life, she is interviewed by bumbling San Francisco police detective Lt. Tony Carlson (Chevy Chase). Not totally convinced about her seemingly outlandish story of being attacked by an albino (William Frankfather, 1944-1998, in his big-screen debut) or the warnings she received about a dwarf, Tony nonetheless keeps a watchful eye upon Gloria whom he is attracted to. As Gloria continues to evade the killers, she meets the satyrical musical conductor Stanley Tibbets (the hilarious Dudley Moore, 1935-2002) and mistakenly confuses a short & innocent bible-salesman, J.J. MacKuen (Billy Barty, 1924-2000), to be the infamous dwarf. With a myriad of chase scenes, wistful dialog, unusual characters, Hitchcockian mystery and 1970's nostalgia, "Foul Play" is sure to bring a smile to most viewer's faces.

Memorable scenes in the film include Gloria meeting Stanley for the first time, Stanley's apartment, J.J. MacKuen at Gloria's front door, Gloria visiting J.J. at the hospital, the "massage" club, Gloria's friend & landlord Mr.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This comedy has stood the test of time; don't listen to detractors. Leonard Maltin says the film is "protracted" but is perfect by today's standards (think about the 3-hour epics to which audiences readily flock). "Foul Play" is also an OBVIOUS homage to Hitchcock, not a "plagiarism of Hitchcock" as Maltin shortsightedly declares. Colin Higgins does a great job mixing suspense with comedy (something Hitch fans will recognize). Sure, this is Goldie's movie, and Chevy plays it laid-back (if Chase were to ham it up he'd be distracting); they make a terrific duo. Saying Goldie was the 70s Meg Ryan (as one reviewer did) is like comparing diamonds to junk jewelry (Meg Ryan is paste; Goldie's the gem). Supporting actors show inspired casting, especially Dudley Moore as the kinky conductor. Sets are pure 70s in full-tilt (a retro-decorator's dream). Car-chases with lots of point-of-view will induce vertigo on larger screen TVs (in the theater it was like riding a rollercoaster): it's grand scale entertainment! "Foul Play" can easily be judged a classic -- delightful, fluffy, colorful cotton-candy which should be enjoyed as such. If you're in the dumps, this film will pick you up. Paramount should have the good sense to release "Foul Play" to DVD in it's original theatrical aspect ratio...SOON!!!!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite "comfort" movies. You don't have to think a lot, and there's not much deeper meaning. But as homage to Hitchcock, Foul Play is just plain good entertainment. THIS NEEDS TO BE ON DVD IN WIDESCREEN FORMAT!
There. Now I feel better. Watch this one with your sweetie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on November 29, 2004
Format: DVD
As a great fan of this movie, I have been waiting for this film to be released on to DVD for sometime. One of the best comedies of all time. Goldie (Gloria) is super in this role and Chevy (Tony) is at his best... And who could forget the late Dudley Moore in the role of Stanley Tibbetts, from the moment I saw this movie, the song Stayin Alive has been forever altered in my mind seeing him girate around his flat pulling out everything the (then) pervert needed for a night of passion. Great Film, will enjoy again and again....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Skye Stott on November 13, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an older film (70's), but truely one of the best films for either Goldie Hawn or Chevy Chase. Together these two have incredible onscreen magic. This film is fast-paced, romantic, and hilarious; you will find yourself watching it again and again! The soundtrack is awesome, the scenery is magnificent (filmed in San Francisco), and there are many cameos by actors and actresses you'll definitely recognize. This is an awesome family film (older children; there are a few scenes from massage parlors); no foul language and very little violence. Keep this one for your library!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
It's a romantic comedy with a little action adventure. Amazing on screen chemistry between Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. This is probably one of the few films when Chase comes across as the sexy leading man, not the goofy father of Vacation. The story has lots of twists and turns and some very funny characters, like Dudley Moore, the symphony conductor with a dirty mind always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Burgess Merdith, the landlord with a pet snake, and a quick but memorable appearance by an Asian couple getting their first taste of America in a police chase through the streets of San Francisco. Simply hilarious.
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