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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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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Storyline

'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>

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


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22 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$154,222,492 (USA)
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Trivia

Four phrases appear in both this film and Zemeckis's previous film, Back to the Future (1985): "Didn't hear you come in", "You're a sight for sore eyes", "I'm gonna ram him", and (referring to a piece of land) "As far as the eye can see". The latter was said in both films by Christopher Lloyd, who plays Judge Doom. See more »

Goofs

Eddie is watching Jessica Rabbit sing for the first time. Betty Boop is beside Eddie, conversing with him. When the camera pans behind Jessica, Eddie can be seen without Betty Boop standing next to him. When the camera returns to Eddie and Betty, she is again conversing with him. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Monsters, Inc. (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Composed by Franz Liszt
Performed by Tony Anselmo and Mel Blanc
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The Best Film Produced in 1988
1 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" appears to be a film for the kiddies on first glance, but this is a somewhat complicated murder mystery that never gets old or dull. The animated title character has been framed and now he is out to clear his name with the help of a human detective (Bob Hoskins). Robert Zemeckis cemented his ability to make a film with this winner. The special effects, which are remarkable, never detract from the story and in the end they add a great dimension to this fine motion picture. Overlooked in 1988, but the best film from that weak year. 5 stars out of 5.


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