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Guide:Top 10 Chevy Chase Films Posted On 20 Aug 2011 By : Dan Stephens Tag: 1980s, chevy chase, eighties, fletch, national lampoon's vacation For years after first seeing National Lampoon’s Vacation I was hooked on Chevy Chase films. Stepping

Top 10 Chevy Chase Films

Posted On 20 Aug 2011

By : Dan Stephens

Tag: 1980s, chevy chase, eighties, fletch, national lampoon's vacation

For years after first seeing National Lampoon’s Vacation I was hooked on Chevy Chase films. Stepping back in time I sought out his earlier work such as Foul Play, Caddyshack and Seems Like Old Times while enjoying his eighties and early nineties output like Fletch, Three Amigos and Memoirs of an Invisible Man.

His career nosedived in the mid-nineties thanks to a misguided attempt to established a more dramatic career and he never recovered. The actor, who was one of the founding members of Saturday Night Live, recently popped up in eighties throwback Hot Tub Time Machine alongside John Cusack. That served as a handy reminder to revisit and re-enjoy Chase’s finest adventures in film.

Chevy Chase is the first inductee into the Top 10 Films Heroes of the 1980s “Hall of Fame”.

10. Spies Like Us (Landis, 1985)

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Spies Like Us still gets a mixed reception from audiences but this comedy about two inept secret agents is great because of the pairing of 80s greats Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.

9. Funny Farm (Hill, 1988)

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This fish-out-of-water tale see Chevy Chase playing sports writer Andy Farmer who decides to quit his job and move to a small town to write a novel. It doesn’t go to plan as Andy falls foul to small town living.

8. Memoirs of an Invisible Man (Carpenter, 1992)

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Almost universally panned on its release, Memoirs of an Invisible Man does indeed suffer from an identity crisis as one critic put it. Incorporating comedy, drama, science-fiction and mystery the film is at odds with its director and star. Apparently, Ivan Reitman was originally set to direct the film. He would have been a better bet had the film concentrated on comedy. But creative differences between Reitman and Chase led to a change at the helm and John Carpenter took over. It was an odd choice, certainly from a commercial perspective, as Carpenter’s fleeting use of science-fiction and comedy (They Live [ link to top ten carpenter]) previously didn’t set the box office alight.

And the film does suffer from this disjointed set of creative specialities. Chase handles the comedy with the finesse of an old pro, while Carpenter concocts some genuine thrills and makes use of excellent special-effects. But the film never knows if it’s a funny, adventure movie or a thriller with the odd funny scene. Chase saw this project as a route into more serious roles. Unfortunately, the film was not only ripped to shreds by the critics, but made less than half its budget at the box office. Instead of being a career progression for Chase, it proved to be a low point of which the actor has never recovered.

Nevertheless, it is different from anything else the actor has done before or since, and remains an enjoyable if messy version of the invisible man story.

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Chechik, 1989)

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A Christmas favourite for so many, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation saw Chavy Chase reprise his most famous role for a third time. Christmas Vacation is a much better film than the first sequel to Harold Ramis’ hit original about the exploits of the accident prone Griswold family.

6. Foul Play (Higgins, 1978)

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A homage to Alfred Hitchcock, Colin Higgins’ film finds Chevy Chase and a delightful Goldie Hawn caught up in the murder-mystery plot.

5. Three Amigos (Landis, 1986)

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Superb casting sees Chevy Chase lined up alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short. The trio play silent film stars The Three Amigos who, in their films, perform acts of justice against evil villains. Believing them to be real, a small Mexican village hires their services when the townspeople are threatened by a gang wanting protection money. Wires are crossed as the Amigos believe they have been hired to put on a live, theatrical show. Soon enough the real threat becomes evident and the actors have to decide to fight or take flight.

4. Seems Like Old Times (Sandrich, 1980)

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