A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
5/31/1985 Fletch is released
May 31, 1985. On this day the movie Fletch was released, based on the great novel by Gregory MacDonald. Michael Ritchie directed from a script by Andrew Bergman. Chevy Chase played an approximation of I.M. Fletcher.
It was a very popular movie (nominated for an Edgar no less), and I hated it. This was largely because they gummed up a very clever plot by going for dumb cliches. (I believe there was a rule in the 1980s that every businessman in a movie had to be a secret drug lord.) Not the worst movie made from a good book, but definitely on my list thereof.