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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Valiant
... Judge Doom
... Dolores
... Roger Rabbit / Benny The Cab / Greasy / Psycho (voice)
... Marvin Acme
Alan Tilvern ... R.K. Maroon
... Lt. Santino (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Lou Hirsch ... Baby Herman (voice)
Betsy Brantley ... Jessica's Performance Model
... Raoul
Paul Springer ... Augie
... Angelo
Edwin Craig ... Arthritic Cowboy
Lindsay Holiday ... Soldier
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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. See more »


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22 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Toons Don't Pay Bills  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$156,452,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,200,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song at the end of the film, "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile," was recorded by most of the film's animators doing their best character voices. See more »

Goofs

When the weasels enters Eddie Valiant's apartment to find Roger, the weasel known as Smart-Ass holds a real gun. When he walks up to Eddie, the gun has a shadow, but Smart-Ass doesn't. In the next shot, he has a shadow as well. 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

After the end of the credits, the Amblin logo plays cut short. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Performed by Charles Fleischer and Bob Hoskins
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Great fun for kids and adults alike.
9 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I'm a fan of both cartoons and film noir movies, and so Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a great experience to me. Set in the 1940's, in a shadowy atmosphere reminiscent of Bogart classics such as The Maltese Falcon, the movie blends in cartoon characters and live actors almost seamlessly. For me, one of the most interesting aspects of the movie was seeing Disney and Warner Bros cartoon characters in the same scenes - for the first time in film history, I believe. Who could forget the piano duel of Donald and Daffy? The live actors were a bit theatrical and over-dramatic at times, but not to an extent that would have made the film unbearable or bad. The cartoon characters saved a lot, too.

Fast-paced, entertaining film that can be viewed by anyone. I liked it very much.


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