Oscar Movies: Foul Play (1978) Starring Chevy Chase

Writer-director Colin Higgins mixes melodrama with broad slapstick in Foul Play.

Goldie Hawn stars as Gloria Mundy, a recent divorcée whose attempt to start a new life in San Francisco is interrupted when she is inadvertently swept up in an assassination plot against the Pope. Offering dubious aid 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 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 religious bookseller.

There is a nice gag involving a profane Scrabble game played by Queenie Smith and Hope Summers.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Song: “Ready to Take a Chance Again,” music by Charles Fox, lyrics by Norman Gimbel.

Oscar awards: None

 

Oscar Context:

The winner of Best Song Oscar was Paul Jabara’s “Last Dance,” from the musical “Thank God It’s Friday.”

MPAA: PG

Running time: 116 minutes.

Directed and scripted by Colin Higgins

DVD: November 16, 2004

Paramount