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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

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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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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)

Gross USA:

$156,452,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,200,000
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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 truck full of bowling balls, pianos, et cetera, into which Eddie Valiant crashes, when he returns to Toontown is labelled, "ACME Overused Gags". See more »

Goofs

As the Toon Squad car bursts into the Acme warehouse, the weasels can be seen sticking their heads out the windows. In the close-up of the car stopping they are gone. 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 »

Alternate Versions

For the 2003 Vista Series DVD release, the scene where Jessica and Eddie are thrown from the cab has been altered yet again. In this version of the scene, Jessica is actually entirely re-animated for several frames and falls much more gracefully, with her nether regions staying carefully hidden by her dress. 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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The Best Film Produced in 1988
1 August 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" appears to be a film for the kiddies on first glance, but this is a somewhat complicated murder mystery that never gets old or dull. The animated title character has been framed and now he is out to clear his name with the help of a human detective (Bob Hoskins). Robert Zemeckis cemented his ability to make a film with this winner. The special effects, which are remarkable, never detract from the story and in the end they add a great dimension to this fine motion picture. Overlooked in 1988, but the best film from that weak year. 5 stars out of 5.


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