Screenplay by Andrew Bergman
Based on the novel by Gregory McDonald
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Running time: 105 minutes
BASIC STORY MAP
PROTAGONIST: Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, 40s, investigative reporter
CHARACTERIZATION|MAIN MISBEHAVIOR: Headstrong, Disguise expert | Smart-ass
EXTERNAL GOAL: To investigate Stanwyk | To finish his drug trafficking exposé
INTERNAL GOAL: To stay cool under pressure
MAIN DRAMATIC CONFLICT: Stanwyk
THEMES: Greed | Power
CENTRAL DRAMATIC QUESTION: Will Fletch figure out Stanwyk’s motive and expose the drug trade on the beach?
ENDING: Fletch cracks the drug trafficking case, finishes his story.
ARC: Fletch goes from a smart-assed investigative reporter to a smart-assed investigative reporter.