Chu Chu and the Philly Flash

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Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Produced by Jay Weston
Screenplay by Barbara Dana
Story by Henry Barrow
Starring Alan Arkin
Carol Burnett
Jack Warden
Ruth Buzzi
Adam Arkin
Danny Aiello
Danny Glover
Sid Haig
Vincent Schiavelli
Vito Scotti
Lou Jacobi
Barbara Dana
Scott Beach
Geoff Hoyle
Morgan Upton
Music by Pete Rugolo
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Edited by Argyle Nelson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
August 28, 1981
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million[1]

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash is a 1981 comedy film starring Alan Arkin, Carol Burnett, Jack Warden, Ruth Buzzi, Adam Arkin and Danny Aiello.[2] It was released in 1981 by 20th Century Fox. Arkin plays a down-on-his-luck former baseball player and Burnett plays a Carmen Miranda-style performer. The film had received negative reviews from critics and was a box office bomb. The film was directed by David Lowell Rich.[2]

Many of the scenes, particularly the exterior scenes of Chu Chu's home, were filmed in San Francisco's Potrero Hill district.


Once a big-league baseball player known as the Philly Flash, he is now broke and a drunk, reduced to a life on the street, washing car windshields for spare change or trying to sell stolen wristwatches to passersby.

Emily, in her alter ego as "Chu Chu," is a street performer and one-woman band. She gives music lessons in her small apartment, but isn't successful at it.

One day, a man drops his briefcase and Chu Chu retrieves it. She and the Flash discover it is filled with government documents, so they scheme to return it to its rightful owner but only if they can get $50 for their trouble, maybe even more. They get trouble, all right, with a variety of agents coming after them to get the documents back.



  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ a b "Chu Chu and the Philly Flash". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved October 29, 2016. 

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