King Ralph Sgt Bilko Fletch

06/09/2004
  |  Buy to Own: 06/09/2004
  |  277 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of madcap comedy. In 'King Ralph', the British Royal Family is dispatched en masse after being electrocuted during a family portrait. A search for a successor turns up Ralph Jones (John Goodman), a Las Vegas lounge singer, as the unlikely next-in-line. Before long, Buckingham Palace resembles a funfair - and Lord Graves (John Hurt) is plotting King Ralph's demise. In 'Sgt Bilko', there is an enclave of the US military base Fort Baxter that is forever Las Vegas, with Sgt. Ernie Bilko (Steve Martin) presiding over a ragbag troop of soldiers more adept at loading dice than guns. The hardline Major Thorn (Phil Hartman) has had run-ins with Bilko before, and when he takes charge of the camp he is determined to put an end to the inveterate gambler's extra-curricular scams. In 'Fletch', Chevy Chase stars the eponymous newspaper reporter with a talent for disguise, who is working undercover to catch some drug traffickers when he meets wealthy businessman Stanwyk (Tim Matheson). Claiming to be suffering from terminal cancer, Stanwyk asks Fletch to engineer a break-in to his mansion and bump him off so that his wife can claim the life insurance. Smelling a rat, Fletch goes undercover to investigate.