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In Cleveland, the histrionic and clumsy executive Nelson Hibbert expects to be promoted to president of the Nigel Industries since he is engaged to the owner's daughter. However, his future... See full summary »

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Det. Arlen
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Lynn Holden
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Fred Holden
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Ken Daly
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Farmer Brown
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Mr. Nagel
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Creepy Guy
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The Killer
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Gas Station Guy
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Juddidah
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In Cleveland, the histrionic and clumsy executive Nelson Hibbert expects to be promoted to president of the Nigel Industries since he is engaged to the owner's daughter. However, his future father-in-law Mr. Nagel chooses the executive Ken Daly for the position, and Nelson threatens him in front of the board of directors. Later he decides to pay a visit to Mr. Nagel but finds him dead with a knife in his neck. Nelson removes the knife and is covered of blood, becoming hysterical and leaving the office assuming that he is the prime suspect. However, the surveillance cameras disclose the identity of the killer, and while Nelson escapes to Metcaf believing that he is chased by the police, the killer is pursued by the police and tries to eliminate Nelson believing that he is a "super-cop" on his trail. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Dave Foley planned to direct the movie, but had to step down when his role on NewsRadio (1995) kept him busy. See more »

Quotes

Nelson Hibbert: [Being dragged out the door] Alright, I'll leave! But I will leave here of my own free will!
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Brilliant!
26 July 2004 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect, but from near the beginning this film is comedy genius.

The name scene in the hospital ranks with some of my favourites ever. The humour is in the detailing in much of the film, with good contribution from the lazy detective. I have to write some more, as it wont let me submit unless there's 10 lines, luckily I'm happy to rant a bit about Dave Foley's performance. Never seen him before, but will look out for him in future. He makes this film rather special.

What was really excellent about this film (and essential to the humour in the plot) was the early twist revealing that this wasn't going to be another predictable wrong guy film. I wont reveal it as don't want to spoil it, but its very cleverly done.

All in all, highly recommended.


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