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Foul Play

A big budget, San Francisco-set comedy thriller, with Goldie Hawn playing self-contained kook Gloria Mundy. A significant name, since the deliberately ridiculous plot involves an attempt to murder the pontiff. (Or is it because Hawn's a little too well-worn in this kind of role, sic transit Gloria Mundy?) Unsatisfactory as a whole, the film is hilarious and tense in bits. For while writer/director Higgins uses almost every stock thriller device - sinister dwarf, albino, scarfaced man, moving shower curtain, disappearing corpses, a chase, an escape or two, even the identical twin wheeze - he approaches this semi-parody with more zest and originality than is common, and careers from farce to thrills before you can say 'Spot the hommage'.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Colin Higgins
Screenwriter: Colin Higgins
Cast: Goldie Hawn
Chevy Chase
Burgess Meredith
Rachel Roberts
Eugene Roche
Dudley Moore
Brian Dennehy
Marc Lawrence

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Karen S

Uears since I saw this but laughed like a drain at the ridiculous and classic antics. Give it a go - Goldie Hawn at her best.