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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.

Director:

David Steinberg

Writers:

Dave Foley, David Anthony Higgins (as David Higgins) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Foley ... Nelson Hibbert
David Anthony Higgins ... Det. Arlen
Jennifer Tilly ... Lynn Holden
Joe Flaherty ... Fred Holden
Dan Redican ... Ken Daly
Alan Scarfe ... Farmer Brown
Kenneth Welsh ... Mr. Nagel
Enrico Colantoni ... Creepy Guy
Colm Feore ... The Killer
Arnie Achtman Arnie Achtman ... Bus Station Worker
Boyd Banks ... Gas Station Guy
Johanna Black ... Cindy
Valerie Boyce Valerie Boyce ... Manicurist
Alan Bridle Alan Bridle ... Juddidah
Dana Brooks ... Nagel's Secretary
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Storyline

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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1990s | cleveland | ohio | killer | police | See All (88) »

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A fugitive in his own mind.

Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A lúzer See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At around the 41 minute mark, an overhead page can be heard in the hospital for a "Doctor Chris Cooper". "Doctor Chris Cooper" is the name of the lead character in Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, played by Kevin McDonald, which came out a year before The Wrong Guy. See more »

Quotes

Det. Arlen: Captain Hughes, I want to know one thing. Are you sure it was him?
Capt. Hughes: I'm positive. Uh, he wounded a bunch of my guys. He did this somersault thing onto a squad car while shooting.
Det. Arlen: That's him all right. I've seen him pull himself up into an air duct.
Capt. Hughes: Really?
Det. Arlen: Well, great, he's out of Cleveland. No longer my problem. Let's go, Jimmy!
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Connections

References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Gangster Girl
by Barenaked Ladies
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A pleasant surprise
23 August 2002 | by sittlerSee 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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