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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Crime  |  22 June 1988 (USA)
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A toon hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stubby Kaye ...
Alan Tilvern ...
Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch ...
Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley ...
Paul Springer ...
Edwin Craig ...
Lindsay Holiday ...


'Toon star Roger is worried that his wife Jessica is playing pattycake with someone else, so the studio hires detective Eddie Valiant to snoop on her. But the stakes are quickly raised when Marvin Acme is found dead and Roger is the prime suspect. Groundbreaking interaction between the live and animated characters, and lots of references to classic animation. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.


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Release Date:

22 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)


$154,222,492 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Eddie takes Roger Rabbit into the back room at the bar where Dolores works to cut apart the hand-cuffs, the lamp from ceiling is bumped and swinging. Lots of extra work was needed to make the shadows match between the actual room shots and the animation for very little viewer benefit. Today, "Bump the Lamp" is a term used by many Disney employees to refer to going that extra mile on an effect just to make it a little more special, even though most viewers or guests will never notice it. See more »


When Roger is jumping on Eddie's bed while reading his love letter, just before the next shot the mattress can be seen sinking before Roger touches down. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Herman: Mommy's going to the beauty parlor, darling, but I'm leaving you with your favorite friend, Roger. He's going to take very, very good care of you, because if he doesn't... HE'S GOING BACK TO THE SCIENCE LAB.
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Crazy Credits

After the end of the credits, the Amblin logo plays cut short. See more »


Spoofs Chinatown (1974) See more »


Written by Cy Coleman (as Coleman) and Carolyn Leigh (as Leigh)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

technical marvel and a great comedy
10 December 2000 | by (pa usa) – See all my reviews

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of the zaniest and smartest movies to come out in a long time..Directed by Robert Zemeckis who later did Forrest Gump and Castaway among others, it stars Bob Hoskins as a washed up private eye in the 50s who gets dragged into a murder investigation in Toonland to help unravel a mystery and prove the innocence of a toon Roger Rabbit.

One of the real treats of the movie is Kathleen Turner who does the voice of Jessica Rabbit..She is a perfect choice with that sexy sultry voice. The movie is great fun for the whole family..there is a little innuendo but like Jessica says.."I'm not bad..I'm just drawn that way"

A real treat! Holds the record for most credits at the end of a movie (937!) On a scale of one to ten... 9

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