The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is a 1990 American mystery comedy film directed by Rennie Harlin and written by David Arnott, James Capp, and Daniel Waters based on the story of Arnott and Cappy. It stars comedian Andrew Dice Clay as the main character, Ford Verlaine, the “rock and roll detective” who was the rhythm of the Los Angeles music industry. According to his name, Ford drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner in the movie. The film’s main character was created by writer Rex Weiner in a series of stories published as weekly series in 1979-80 by New York Rocker and LA Weekly. The stories were published as a book by Rare Bird Books in July 2018.
The film was both a commercial and critical failure, as its budget was barely exceeded and it won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, linked to Bo Derek’s Ghosts Can’t Do It. However, it has since achieved prominence around the world and underwent a critical reassessment in Hungary, Spain and Norway. Moreover, Billy Idol’s “Cradle of Love” became one of his biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at number two) )
Story of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Ford Verlaine is seen sitting on the beach smoking as the film opens. He starts a flashback and a rowdy crowd appears at a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado hosted by popular fictional metal band The Black Plague. Lead singer Bobby Black enters an eccentric entrance down a zip line from Creation Rock onto the stage and begins performing shortly after one of the band’s songs Bobby Black collapses onto the stage and dies.
After the lead singer of The Black Plague is murdered on stage, Johnny Crunch, an old friend who came to the West with Fairlane, hires Ford to track down a mysterious teen group named Zuzu Petals who may have been related to Black’s death.
Soon after he was hired by Fairlane, Crunch was electrocuted on the air soon after the world’s most famous detective found himself exchanging insults with ruthless CEO Julian Grendel, an ignorant cop and former disco star, Lieutenant Amos, a ruthless batsman named Smiley and Number Countless ex-girlfriends aiding and abetting Fairlane is a devoted jazz aide and record producer who has hip at the head of an odd group of suspects, victims, beautiful women and koala as he finds himself deep in the hip in his life state.
MacGuffin for the movie are three data CDs which, when read simultaneously, detail the illegal transactions of Julian Grendel, who was wealthy from smuggling his record company music and killing Bobby Black when he discovered that Black had obtained CDs with the incriminating evidence. . Verlaine’s beloved possessions, his home, and his car were all blown to bits, courtesy of Grendel.
The first disc was with Colleen Sutton, the second with Zuzu Petals, and the third disc was hidden under an Art Mooney star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It was later revealed that Grendel killed Bobby Black and Johnny Crunch, as he considered them greedy and stupid because they wanted more money for their involvement in piracy of CDs to sell to the highest bidder, making the music industry corrupt. However, Fairlane killed Grendel by setting him on fire with a flammable alcohol milkshake.
Jazz leaves Fairlane, realizing how ungrateful he is at all that has happened, Smiley appears and plans to kill Ford, but not before revealing that he killed his neighbor’s young father [the child], and Ford distracts him and kills Smiley with a sleeve pistol, and then Jazz and Ford decide to reconcile while the child decides to join their police agency. Ford wins a million-dollar radio contest and buys a yacht. Sailing away with Jazz, Kid, and Koala Bear all now one big happy family.
The roles of the actors
- Andrew Dyce Clay as Ford Verlaine.
- Wayne Newton as Julian Grendel.
- Priscilla Presley as Colin Sutton.
- Lauren Holly as Jazz.
- Brandon’s plea in the role of the child.
- Maddy Corman as Zuzu Petals.
- David Patrick Kelly as Sam the Sleaze Bag.
- Maurice Day as Don Cleveland.
- Robert Englund as Smiley.
- Ed O’Neill as Lieutenant Amos.
- Gilbert Gottfried as Johnny Crunch.
- Vince Neal as Bobby Black.
- William Shockley and M. Russell Zulk as Punk Gunslingers.
- Steve White as Detective Penny.
- Carrie Wehrer as Melody.
- Cody Jarrett as Kyle Troy.
- Sheila E as the club’s singer.
- Lala as a sorority girl.
- Delia Sheppard as Josie.
- Tone-Loc as Slam.
- Kurt Lauder himself.
Results of the film after its release
Billy Idol’s recording of “Cradle of Love” was named one of the “Most Performing Songs from Motion Pictures” by ASCAP.
The film received generally negative reviews upon release, reporting a 28% approval rating based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 3.74 / 10. On Metacritic, the film received 24 out of 100 reviews based on 13 critics, which It indicates “generally unfavorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a “B” on an A + to F scale.
Roger Ebert gave the film one star out of 4 possible, describing the film as “loud, ugly and lively” but also suggested that Clay had confidence and a presence on screen for an acting career. Successful if he can skip his stride.
The film was not a financial success during its original theatrical release, grossing just over $ 21 million in the United States Clay claimed in interviews that the film had a hit the first week before it was pulled from theaters under pressure from the political right. In fact, the film was shown on more screens during its second week than the first, but it still suffered a 53.5% drop in its box office gross.
The movie won several Razzies at the 1990 Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Actor (Andrew Dice Clay), Worst Picture (Joel Silver and Steve Perry – tied with Ghosts Can’t Do It) and Worst Screenplay (Daniel Waters, James Cappe and David Arnott). It was also nominated for Worst Director and twice for Best Supporting Actor (both for Gilbert Gottfried and Wayne Newton).