MEET THE ONLY GUY WHO CHANGES HIS IDENTITY MORE OFTEN THAN HIS UNDERWEAR.
When investigative reporter Irwin Fletcher (Chevy Chase) is undercover as an addict, he’s approached by a business executive (Tim Matheson) who wants him to kill him for money; Fletch, smelling a good story, accepts. Chase feels absolutely right as the reporter who loves to disappear into a character, even if his editor rarely gets the story he wants. Made as a spoof of classic private-eye movies, with Fletch providing narration as the case moves forward, this is a funny, irreverent comedy that frequently puts its star in challenging situations. You may love or hate Harold Faltermeyer’s electronic theme, but it’s hard to get out of your head.
1985-U.S. 96 min. Color. Directed by Michael Ritchie. Novel: Gregory McDonald. Music: Harold Faltermeyer. Cast: Chevy Chase (Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher), Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Gail Stanwyk), Tim Matheson (Alan Stanwyk), Joe Don Baker, Richard Libertini, Geena Davis… George Wendt, Kenneth Mars.
Trivia: Followed by Fletch Lives (1989).