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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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Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Gary K. Wolf (novel), Jeffrey Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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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It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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

The bottle of chili sauce falling in the opening cartoon had to be re-animated several times, as British animators used the UK spelling "chilli". See more »

Goofs

On Eddie's desk, a picture labeled "Eddie & Teddy on the Road with Dad - 1906" features a prominent "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey" banner. The two circuses weren't merged until 1919. 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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Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical run and the VHS and laserdisc releases, when Jessica Rabbit and Eddie are thrown out of the cab there are a few frames where Jessica's underwear is visible, but the coloring is sometimes close to that of her legs, so that it has been mistakenly assumed that she is not wearing any underwear. This was altered for the first DVD so that she is more clearly wearing white panties. For the DVD release it was altered again, so that now, her dress covers her entirely. See more »

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Music by Len Stevens
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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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