Fletch Lives (1989)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American comedy crime drama directed by Michael Ritchie with one fantasy sequence. At one point, the title character sings Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah from Song of the South (1946) and, as in the original film, dances with animated birds and animals.

Plot Summary

Los Angeles reporter Irvin Fletcher inherits the Belle Isle plantation in Louisiana and sets off to investigate. But after sleeping with his lawyer he wakes to find her dead and starts to dig deeper, eventually crossing paths with local magnate Ham Johnson and his right wing friends including the television preacher Jimmy Lee Farnsworth.


Directed by: Michael Ritchie
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] by Universal City Studios, Inc.
Universal Pictures [logo]. A Douglas/Griesman production. A Michael Ritchie film
Executive Producer: Bruce Bodner, Bob Larson
Produced by:Alan Greisman, Peter Douglas
Associate Producer: Richard A. Harris
Written by: Leon Capetanos
Based on Characters Created by: Gregory McDonald
Director of Photography: John McPherson
Edited by: Richard A. Harris
Music by: Harold Faltermeyer
Sound Mixer: Jim Alexander
Costume Designer: Anna Hill Johnstone
Makeup: Tom Miller, Michael Mills
Hair Stylist: Kaye Pownall
Special Makeup Created by: Ken Chase
Visual Effects by: Boss Film Corporation; Baer Animation Company
Special Effects Coordinator: Clifford P. Wenger
Art Directors: Cameron Birnie, Jimmy Bly, W. Steven Graham, Don Woodruff
Casting by: Patricia Mock
Filmed in part in Lafourche Paris, Louisiana, Kaufman Astoria Studios and Universal City Studios

Chevy Chase (Fletch)
Hal Holbrook (Ham Johnson)
Julianne Phillips (Becky Culpepper)
R. Lee Ermey (Jimmy Lee Farnsworth)
Richard Libertini (Frank)
Randall ‘Tex' Cobb (Ben Dover)
Cleavon Little (Calculus)
George Wyner (Gillet)
Patricia Kalember (Amanda Ray Ross)
Geoffrey Lewis (KKK leader)
Richard Belzer (Phil)
Phil Hartman (Bly manager)
Titos Vandis (Uncle Kakakis)
Don Hood (Tom Barbour)
Dennis Burkley (Joe Jack)
Noelle Beck (Betty Dilworth)
William Traylor (Mr Underhill)
Barney D. Arceneaux (party guest)
Roy Babich (Klansman)
Mary Battilana (Bly assistant)

Alternative Titles

Acar Hafiye İşbaşında – Turkey
O anthropos me ta hilia prosopa epistrefei – Greece
Autant en emporte Fletch! – France
Fleč zivi – Serbia
Flečas gyvas – Lithuania
Fletch – Cronista d'assalto – Italy
Fletch – Der Tausendsassa – West Germany
Fletch – han lever – Finland (Swedish)
Fletch 2 – Der Troublemaker kehrt zurück – Germany
Fletch 2. – Szenzációs ajánlat – Hungary
Fletch är tillbaka – Sweden
Fletch lever – Norway, Sweden (television)
Fletch revive – Spain
Fletch Saken Mishavad – Iran
Fletch Saved – working title
Fletch trăieşte – Romania
Fletch vender tilbage – Denmark
Fletch Vive – Brazil
Fletch zyje – Poland
Fletch, o Herdeiro – Portugal
Fletch-hän elää – Finland (video)
Les vies de Fletch – Canada (French)
Ο άνθρωπος με τα χίλια πρόσωπα επιστρέφει – Greece
Флетч жив – Russia
Флеч е жив – Bulgaria

See also
Song of the South (1946)



  • Cinefantastique vol.19 no.5 (July 1989) p.54 – review
  • Empire no.1 (June/July 1989) p.87 – illustrated review (Empire directory by Boyd Farrow)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.302 no.41 (13 June 1988) p.4 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.303 no.11 (12 July 1988) p.20 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.56 no.664 (May 1989) pp.135-136 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.698 (1 April 1989) p.15 – credits, review
  • Screen International no.689 (28 January 1989) p.29 – advertisement
  • Variety 15 March 1989 p.13 – credits, review