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The Wrong Guy (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Thriller | 1 August 1997 (Canada)
After his boss is murdered, Nelson is on the run for fear of prosecution. He hides out in a small town to avoid the police, which should be easy because they know he didn't do it and they aren't looking for him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Arlen
Lynn Holden
Fred Holden
Ken Daly
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Mr. Nagel
Creepy Guy
The Killer
Arnie Achtman ...
Bus Station Worker
Gas Station Guy
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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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A fugitive in his own mind.


Comedy | Thriller


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1 August 1997 (Canada)  »

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A lúzer  »

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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 »


Jimmy: The Feds would like you to stay on the case since you've been so involved this far, and the FBI will give you all the backup and resources you need to continue your investigation.
Det. Arlen: That's just great. What kind of resources.
Jimmy: Unlimited.
Det. Arlen: Unlimited, huh?
Jimmy: Uh-huh.
Det. Arlen: Jimmy, how long would it take to get from here to Cincinatti by helicopter?
Jimmy: I don't know. About half an hour.
Det. Arlen: Great, get one. I got a sister in Cincinatti I haven't seen in eight months. Let's go!
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A pleasant surprise
23 August 2002 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the B-movie production value of this film. This is one of the funnier movies I have seen in a long time. Dave Foley plays his dorky persona to a tee, while Jennifer Tilly is sweet and sexy as his love interest. I couldn't believe I was laughing so hard but this plot had so much to offer with its ridiculous main character under the misconception that he is the subject of a nationwide manhunt. A worthy rental.

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