The Cheap Detective
The Cheap Detective (1978)

Written by Neil Simon, this comedy spoofs a number of Humphrey Bogart films as Peter Falk plays a sleuth in San Francisco. Joining the cast of greats are Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Dom DeLuise, Marsha Mason, Ann-Margret, Stockard… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG
Running Time:
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 13, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
50%
Flixster
User Score
61%



Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Better received in 1978 than now when it seems too contrived.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

You don't have to be familiar with Casablanca or The Maltese Falcon to appreciate the humor but it helps. Writer Neil Simon has thoroughly spoofed both classics.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very funny send-up of the hard-boiled detective genre.

Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Not even in the same galaxy as Neil Simon's best work, but fans of the genre will appreciate the gags.

More reviews for The Cheap Detective

Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca are where this spoof/send-up begins, turning out little better than a lame Saturday Night Live skit (only running longer), but… More
Tim Salmons
Peter Falk's typecasting as a noir detective was never more prominent than in the genre spoof The Cheap Detective. Borrowing heavily from the Humphrey… More
AJ Verser
Yet another detective spoof movie from the 70s?! Yep. Again, we have a fantastic all star cast, and a very funny story. I really liked this movie, even if it… More