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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Daniel Waters (screenplay), James Cappe (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Dice Clay ... Ford Fairlane
Wayne Newton ... Julian Grendel
Priscilla Presley ... Colleen Sutton
Morris Day ... Don Cleveland
Lauren Holly ... Jazz
Maddie Corman ... Zuzu Petals
Gilbert Gottfried ... Johnny Crunch
David Patrick Kelly ... Sam
Brandon Call ... The Kid
Robert Englund ... Smiley
Ed O'Neill ... Lt. Amos
Vince Neil ... Bobby Black
Sheila E. ... Club Singer
David Arnott David Arnott ... Club Guy
Mark Goldstein Mark Goldstein ... Club Guy
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Storyline

Ford "Mr. Rock n' Roll Detective" Fairlane is experiencing problems, and it's not with the opposite sex. One of them is that all the rock stars pay him with drum sticks, koala bears, food processors and bicycle shorts. Another one of them is that all his employers that want him to find a girl named Zuzu Petals get killed. Why didn't he become a fisherman's detective instead? A must-see for Andrew Dice Clay fans. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Taglines:

Meet Ford Fairlane. To his clients, he's the world's greatest rock n roll detective. To everyone else, he's just a dick. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In A Nightmare On Elm Street star, Robert Englund jumped through a mirror and cracked a television over someone's head. In this film, he jumped through a mirror, but was the one who had a television cracked on his head. See more »

Goofs

When Ford's guitar lands on the sidewalk, it shatters into many pieces. However, being made of wood, it would never shatter like that. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Amos: See, that's the difference between a great investigator like me, and a piece of spam like you.
Ford Fairlane: Spam? You're a piece of spam. That's what I think of you.
Lt. Amos: No, I call you a piece of spam, 'cos that's what you are.
Ford Fairlane: Spam.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Got You
Written by Clarence Carter
Produced by Don Was
Performed by Andrew Dice Clay
Courtesy of Def American Records
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User Reviews

I'm so terrific I have my own toll-free number: 1-800-UNBELIEVABLE!

This movie is one of the funniest ever, period. What can you say? The role of Ford Fairlane really suits the Dice. Great dialogues, great story, great movie. Un-believable! I have seen this movie numerous times and it's still rocks. This is funnier than every other comedy out there, be it American Pie #1324 or clone-how-many of Monty Python. Great.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,374,391, 15 July 1990

Gross USA:

$21,413,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,413,502
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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