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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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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.

Directors:

Robert Zemeckis, Richard Williams (uncredited)

Writers:

Gary K. Wolf (novel), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd ... Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy ... Dolores
Charles Fleischer ... Roger Rabbit / Benny the Cab / Greasy / Psycho (voice)
Stubby Kaye ... Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern ... R.K. Maroon
Richard LeParmentier ... Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ... Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Jessica's Performance Model
Joel Silver ... Raoul
Paul Springer Paul Springer ... Augie
Richard Ridings ... Angelo
Edwin Craig Edwin Craig ... Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday Lindsay Holiday ... Soldier
Mike Edmonds ... Stretch
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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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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Shot Roger Rabbit? See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,226,239, 26 June 1988

Gross USA:

$156,452,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$329,803,958
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Unusual for an optical effects-heavy production of the 1980s, this film used no matte paintings. Robert Zemeckis comments, "You name an effect, and we have it somewhere in the film. When we realized we were missing only one type, we thought maybe we should do a matte painting just for the hell of it, but in the end, we decided against it." See more »

Goofs

As Eddie and Jessica exit Toontown on Bennie the Cab, the shadow matte on Jessica's dress slips as they exit the frame. 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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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

Several brief scenes were cut after the initial release:
  • The gorilla picking up Eddie by the lapels after the line "Who are you calling a chump, chimp!"
  • The beginning of Roger's reaction as the weasels cross the road to Eddie's office
  • A brief dialogue exchange between Eddie and Smartass while Roger is hiding in the sink
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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa (uncredited)
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Nothing short of miraculous
2 March 2001 | by La GremlinSee all my reviews

Stop and think about this movie for a minute, and you realize that we are unbelievably fortunate that it even exists.

Think about all the different cartoon characters who have cameos here. Think about how their respective owners had to put aside decades of competing against each other for gags that would last a few seconds of screen time. Realise that, before this movie, the idea of combining fully rendered animated characters with live action footage was considered impossible. And how the hell do you market a movie that includes both murder plots and fuzzy little cartoons?

This movie is a miracle.

I absolutely loved it as a kid, and although parts of it flew over my head I really did not care. I did know that this is what animation can do when all the "rules" are totally ignored. And why shouldn't they be?

Now, as an adult, I appreciate "Roger Rabbit" for its gutsyness. There is absolutely *nothing* like this anywhere. It gets a solid Ten.


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