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Foul Play
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Genre:Thriller
Year:1978
Rating:PG
Cast:Colin Higgins, Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith

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 divorcee 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 is impeccably cast, with villains Rachel Roberts and Eugene Roche playing things utterly straight while Burgess Meredith and Billy Barty score comical bullseyes as, respectively, a martial arts-happy landlord and a long-suffering religious bookseller. The best "throwaway" gag is the profane Scrabble game played by sweet little old ladies Queenie Smith and Hope Summers. Hal Erickson

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