Taglines: When there’s more trouble than one man can handle…there’s more than one man for the job.
Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher (Chevy Chase), a reporter for the L.A. Times, is contacted by the executor of his late aunt’s will, attorney Amanda Ray Ross (Patricia Kalember). Ross informs Fletch he has inherited his aunt’s mansion and 80 acre plantation property, Belle Isle, in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Upon arriving in Louisiana, Fletch is disappointed to find the mansion completely dilapidated, but nonetheless agrees to keep on its caretaker, Calculus Entropy (Cleavon Little). Fletch has dinner with Ross at her home that evening and she tells him of a $225,000 bid for Belle Isle made by an anonymous buyer. After sleeping with Ross, Fletch awakens the next morning to find her dead.
Fletch is charged with Ross’ murder and taken into custody, nearly being raped by his zoophilic, necrophiliac cellmate Ben Dover (Randall “Tex” Cobb), spared only because Dover is released on bail. Dover’s lawyer Hamilton “Ham” Johnson (Hal Holbrook) is able to get Fletch released as well. When Fletch declines a second, even larger offer for Belle Isle from the buyer, this time presented by realtor Becky Culpepper (Julianne Phillips), he starts getting harassed each night at the mansion.
First by a hired group of bumbling Ku Klux Klansmen, next by an arsonist who burns the mansion down and finally by Dover, who tries to kill Fletch during a raccoon hunt with some locals. Fletch discovers the land on Belle Isle to be polluted by toxic waste and sets out to uncover the identity of the anonymous buyer, whom he suspects is attempting to intimidate him into selling.
He learns the local megachurch, Farnsworth Ministries, is interested in obtaining the Belle Isle property. Fletch investigates the church’s pastor, tele-evangelist Jimmy Lee Farnsworth (R. Lee Ermey) and discovers Farnsworth’s daughter is Becky, the realtor who represents the buyer. The toxic chemicals in the soil of Belle Isle is traced back to Bly Bio, a toxic chemical waste facility in Mississippi. Fletch obtains an invoice from the plant’s manager proving Ham Johnson ordered the waste dumped on the Belle Isle land.
Fletch Lives is a 1989 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase and a sequel to Fletch directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Leon Capetanos based on the character created by Gregory Mcdonald. Fletch Lives was released by Universal Pictures.
Fletch Lives (1989)
Directed by: Michael Ritchie
Starring: Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips, R. Lee Ermey, Richard Libertini, Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb, Patricia Kalember, George Wyner, Geoffrey Lewis
Screenplay by: Leon Capetanos
Cinematography by: John McPherson
Film Editing by: Richard A. Harris
Costume Design by: Anna Hill Johnstone
Set Decoration by: Susan Bode, Gary Fettis
Art Direction by: Cameron Birnie, Jimmie Bly, W. Steven Graham, Donald B. Woodruff
Music by: Harold Faltermeyer
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: March 17, 1989