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Foul Play (1978)



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As he did in his screenplay for Silver Streak (1974), writer/director Colin Higgins mixes life-and-death melodrama with broad slapstick in Foul Play. Goldie Hawn stars as Gloria Mundy, a recent divorcée whose attempts to start life anew in San Francisco are bollixed up when she is inadvertently swept up in an assassination plot against the Pope. Offering sometimes dubious aid and comfort to Gloria is bumbling federal agent Tony Carlson (Chevy Chase). The film's comedy ranges from the farcical seduction efforts by musician Stanley Tibbets (Dudley Moore) to the zany, gag-filled car-chase finale. Foul Play features character actors Rachel Roberts and Eugene Roche as villains, Burgess Meredith as a martial arts-happy landlord, and Billy Barty as a long-suffering religious bookseller. It also packs in a memorable "throwaway" gag involving a profane Scrabble game played by sweet little old ladies Queenie Smith and Hope Summers.


Goldie Hawn
as Gloria Mundy
Chevy Chase
as Tony Carlson
Burgess Meredith
as Mr. Hennessey
Rachel Roberts
as Gerda Casswell
Eugene Roche
as Archbishop Thorncrest
Dudley Moore
as Stanley Tibbets
Marc Lawrence
as Stiltskin
Chuck McCann
as Theater Manager
Billy Barty
as J.J. MacKuen
Don Calfa
as Scarface
Pat Ast
as Mrs. Venus
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Russel
John Hancock
as Coleman
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Monk
Cyril Magnin
as Pope Pius XIII
Chuck Walsh
as Newscaster
David Cole
as Theater Usher
Bill Gamble
as Dickinson
Michael David Lee
as Limo Driver
Rollin Moriyama
as Japanese Man
Lou Cutell
as House Manager
Mitsu Yashima
as Japanese Woman
M. James Arnett
as Truck Driver
Janet Wood
as Sylvia
John Hatfield
as Security Guard
Joe Bellan
as Man in Phone Booth
Connie Sawyer
as Screaming Lady
Garry Goodrow
as Henpecked Husband
Sandra Walker
as Pitti-Sing
Thomas Jamerson
as Pish-Tush
Richard McKee
as Pooh-Bah
Jane Shaulis
as Katisha
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Critic Reviews for Foul Play

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

One recognizes the romantic comedy impulse behind the sexual sparrings of Hawn and Chase. It's the execution that leaves everything to be desired.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Writer Colin Higgins makes a good directorial bow.

October 30, 2007 | Full Review…

Unsatisfactory as a whole, the film is hilarious and tense in bits.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Higgins's penchant for mixing visual elegance with coarse gags is equally ill-advised, especially because it makes him work the gags so hard.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Director Colin Higgins plays foul with the audience, constructing some of the most dishonest suspense sequences ever filmed.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

...a comfortably familiar premise that's employed to somewhat overlong yet mostly entertaining effect...

November 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Foul Play

I wasn't expecting big things from this film, but having Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase starring in this, I had at least expected an easy watching comedy, but it had very little entertainment value.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


A funny, quirky, cool comedy with a good cast and an interesting story. I saw this a while ago, but I remember it was really good. I should watch this again sometime.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A Fucking snooze.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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