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The Cheap Detective (1978)

Peter Falk , Ann-Margret , Robert Moore  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Stockard Channing
  • Directors: Robert Moore
  • Writers: Neil Simon
  • Producers: Margaret Booth, Michael Friedman, Ray Stark
  • Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video - Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q4D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Cheap Detective" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

THE CHEAP DETECTIVE is a hilarious Humphrey Bogart send-up, blending the plots of Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon with the comedic vision of Neil Simon. Peter Falk is Lou Peckingpaugh, the worldly,cynical gumshoe who takes on thugs, crooks, Nazis, femme fatales and the Golden Gate Bridge in thisterrific tribute to Bogie and the Hammett/Chandler school of hard-boiled detectives. An incredible ensemble cast does take-offs of characters made famous by Mary Astor (Madeline Kahn), Sidney Greenstreet (John Houseman), Lauren Bacall (Ann-Margret), Peter Lorre (Dom DeLuise), Ingrid Bergman (LouiseFletcher), and Paul Henreid (Fernando Lamas). Want more? How about Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, PhilSilvers, Nicol Williamson, James Coco, and Scatman Crothers - just a few of the many cast members who add to the merriment. THE CHEAP DETECTIVE is the perfect entertainment for anyone who loves Bogart, films of the forties, or a good healthy laugh.

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So Put It Out In WIDESCREEN, Already!!! February 14, 2006
Format:DVD
Cheap Detective? Cheapo version is more like it - this flick has been sadly butchered into a small standard frame format, which marks the real "murder" here. So the studio (and/or the DVD maker) is the REAL "killer" this time.

It features a HUGE cast, which is all the more reason that this comedic gem must be released in its full Panavision glory. Until that time, this 5 star film only gets 3 lousy stars, and the DVD makers get ZERO of my money.

(Unlike the GREAT version of the similar modern comedy classic Murder By Death, which is on DVD in beautiful widescreen and which I strongly urge eveyone to buy.)

I therefore advise all fans of Falk, Sellers and company to BOYCOTT this pan-and-scan travesty, until the proper widescreen version is finally put out!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb satire January 1, 2003
Format:DVD
An hilarious spoof of classic Bogart films. Falk fills the Bogie role, Fernando Lamas, Madeline Kahn and Eileen Brennan are excellent.If you appreciate Casablanca,The Maltese Falcon,and The Big Sleep,you will certainly enjoy not only the acting,but the stage settings as well. Outstanding
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Spoof of "Casablanca" and Bogey! November 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Like Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein," "The Cheap Detective" is a lovingly hilarious homage to the great classics of the 30's and 40's. Falk, Fletcher, Kahn, Williams, Channing, and Brennan are outstanding.
Houseman's and DeLuise's dead-on impersonations of legends Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre are brilliant!
And one can only marvel at Ann-Margret's "baubles!"
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy "The Cheap Detective"--you'll love it! December 15, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
"The Cheap Detective" is a yet another masterpiece penned by Neil Simon who brought you "The Odd Couple" and "California Suite." This film is excellent, starring a wonderful cast consisting of Peter Falk, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Fernando Lamos, Eileen Brennen, Ann Margaret, Stockard Channing, James Coco,Louise Flecter, Marsha Mason, and Sid Caeser. "The Cheap Detective" showcases the talent of the late, great Madeline Kahn, in a role which required her to assume a multitude of names. Peter Falk fits the role of a tough-talking P.I. perfectly. Dom DeLuise is just stupid (in the funniest of ways) as a man who wears a horrible smelling cologne to keep his enemies away, and after contact with him suggests "bath in turpentine and you will be fine in the morning." Directed by Roger Moore (Neil Simon's "Murder by Death"), "The Cheap Detective reunites Peter Falk, Eileen Brennen, James Coco and James Cromwell. See it--if you like comedy, you'll love this movie.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Nice catch Mr Pekinpah, I was almost a widow!' June 9, 2002
Format:DVD
All the female characters in The Cheap Detective have soild, yet very funny roles - Marsha Mason, Eileen Brennan, Stockard Channing, Louise Fletcher, Madeline Khan and Ann-Margret all play their characters with gusto. The ladies definately fair better than their male counterparts (Peter Falk aside). There are so many winks and nods to the 40's film noir genre especially The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep and Casablanca. I am no longer able to watch one of those classics without laughing; in fact, when I do watch one of those films I have to turn the film off and put The Cheap Detective on instead!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cheap Detective October 10, 2001
By Matt
Format:DVD
This is a truly excellent film. It was written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore. This movie parodys old gangster films and other movies like Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and more. Even if you haven't seen those classics, it still supplies a ton of laughs. If you like this film, definately check out my favorite movie of all-time, Murder by Death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen available on Amazon.ca November 14, 2007
Format:DVD
For those like me looking for a widescreen version of this title (it was filmed in anamorphic 2.35:1), it's available on Amazon's Canadian website - for a decent price I might add.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Spoof comedy at it's best! December 22, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
A great cast in a FUNNY movie! Peter Falk does a wonderful job portraying a slightly lop-sided 40's detective who encounters every wacko in town as he attempts to track down a "priceless" work of art. Don't miss this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you don't laugh check your pulse
Published 18 days ago by D. R. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Classic
Wonderfully funny with an excellent cast and just one reference to the classic mystery movies after another! A classic!
Published 28 days ago by Robert and Jo Anna Oldani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ridiculous funny!
Published 1 month ago by javel saudades
5.0 out of 5 stars So many great cameo's. I gifted this movie to all my ...
Peter Falk was a master of farce. He weaves his wily way through this parody with a sincere salute to Humphrey Bogart. His comic timing and innuendoes are impeccable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked the Movies. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by Shantal N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Falk at his best!!!
Loved it all. Great stars ! Good to see them all again....The comedy lines were unbelieveable....Double meanings everywhere
Buy it..you won't regret it..
Published 2 months ago by Marion G. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Picture
Great picture, beautiful picture, and perfect sound. I plan on buying more movies in the future. Thanks Amazon and I will be back for more.
Published 2 months ago by CORNELL WOODS
3.0 out of 5 stars Cassablanca with a funnybone
Although good and entertaining, doesn't quite match up with other satires. Someting was lacking.Performances were good but not sharp The edgyness of other satires was either... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete N. Austira
4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny. (Old school)
A comedy loaded with old school stars and humor that made us laugh out loud. Maybe I'ts just me, but it seems like movies like this are not made anymore because everyone wants... Read more
Published 4 months ago by stanley c. wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
After seeing it on TV, I had to own it... Very funny. Still laughing after time and time again by.
Published 6 months ago by Lynn Scrogham
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