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The Wrong Guy (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Thriller  |  1 August 1997 (Canada)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Arlen
Lynn Holden
Fred Holden
Ken Daly
Farmer Brown
Mr. Nagel
Creepy Guy
The Killer
Arnie Achtman ...
Bus Station Worker
Gas Station Guy
Valerie Boyce ...
Alan Bridle ...
Nagel's Secretary


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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A fugitive in his own mind.


Comedy | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »





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1 August 1997 (Canada)  »

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Policemen #1-5 in the credits are the Canadian rock band "Barenaked Ladies". See more »


The Killer: You're awake?
Nelson Hibbert: Yeah, for a while now.
The Killer: I've been carrying you!
Nelson Hibbert: I thought you wanted to.
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Wrong is Right
23 August 2002 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Funny. What else would you expect from a movie starring Dave Foley?

"Today is the big day!" Dave had me cracking up right from the beginning. Already, you see that Nelson Hibbert can really be so WRONG!! The series of events implicating him are dark, but effectively funny. I guess his character is so clueless that it already adds the comedy ingredient throughout the film. Watch for Jennifer Tilly: her scenes with Foley are fun to watch. Good chemistry!

Some more standouts include the detective whose laidback, logic flawed, corrupt methods are surprisingly quite effective and humorous. The crazy driver guy has got to be the nut of the film...what a kook!! Oh, I must mention that the scene between Foley and Kevin McDonald is hilarious. Their timing is awesome and they feed off each other so well.

Overall, a dark comedy with a moral as well! Funny stuff.

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