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Wrongfully Accused (1998)

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Ryan Harrison is framed for murder and must prove himself innocent by finding a mysterious one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged man after escaping from a bus accident on the way to jail.

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Pat Proft

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Nielsen ... Ryan Harrison
Richard Crenna ... Lieutenant Fergus Falls
Kelly LeBrock ... Lauren Goodhue (as Kelly Le Brock)
Melinda McGraw ... Cass Lake
Michael York ... Hibbing Goodhue
Sandra Bernhard ... Doctor Fridley
Aaron Pearl ... Sean Laughrea
Leslie Jones Leslie Jones ... Sergeant Tina Bagley
Benjamin Ratner ... Sergeant Orono (as Ben Ratner)
Gerard Plunkett ... Sir Robert McKintyre
Duncan Fraser ... Sergeant McMacDonald
John Walsh ... John Walsh
Maury Hannigan Maury Hannigan ... Commissioner Hannigan
Chick Hearn Chick Hearn ... Basketball Announcer
Lamb Chop Lamb Chop ... Herself
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Storyline

Ryan Harrison, a violin god, superstar and sex symbol does not want to cheat on sexy Lauren Goodhue's husband with her. Shortly after that Mr. Goodhue is found murdered and Ryan suddenly finds himself being the main suspect. After being sentenced to death he manages to flee while being transferred to his execution site. Now, all the world is after him as he stumbles from one unfortunate incident to the next in order to find the real murderer. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Walk a mile in his shoes. Wash your socks afterward. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acusado sin razón See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,504,630, 23 August 1998

Gross USA:

$9,623,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,623,329
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Nielsen's character is named Ryan Harrison. His role parodies that played by Harrison Ford in The Fugitive (1993). Ford also played a character named Jack Ryan in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), just before and after The Fugitive. See more »

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During the ambush scene, the Mercedes van changes from a black one to a silver one. See more »

Quotes

Judge: Ryan Harrison, a jury of your peers have found you guilty of murder. On August 12th at Stillwater Federal Prison you shall have your sentence carried out. You shall be executed buffet style: lethally injected, electrocuted, and placed before a firing squad. May God have mercy on your soul, you bastard you.
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After credits for lead dresser and set dresser: "Cross dressers... Erik Hoffman Lane Soderberg" See more »

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References Falling Down (1993) See more »

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Scotland The Brave
Traditional tune, lyrics by Clifford Hanley
Arranged by D. Smith
Published by Grian Music
Performed by the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band
From the Album "The Music and Song of Scotland"
(P)1989 Greentrax Recordings
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Nielsen saves this spoof from being very bad.
6 October 1998 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

Leslie Nielsen is truly the grandmaster of slapstick comedies. In the new film "Wrongfully Accused," Nielsen once more proves that he is capable of saving a bad spoof from being bad. In it, he releases his natural talent of comic genius into his character similar to the one from the magnificent movie "The Fugitive"(Harrison Ford) and, of course, makes us laugh up a storm.

Leslie Nielsen is surprisingly energetic in this film, more than usual. I mean, it's not like him to do some of the things he does in this production. Then again, this is not your typical Nielsen movie in any means. The plot is awfully serious for a slapstick and the characters are too complicated. In a drama movie these things are all signs of skill, but for a movie that just wants to have fun, these things are flaws. Nielsen saves the production by doing what he can with the script.

Another problem of the film is that it virtually strained for laughs, to the point of making the audience think before they laugh. For example, the accused murder walks into a town labeled "The Town That Has More Police Than Anywhere in the Whole Wide World."

There are some quickie jokes that do work, for instance: In a hospital, the intercom speaker says "Dr. Kavorkian to Mr. Simson's room." Or how about when Ryan looks over Lake's photo album under the family tree, the father has two branches, her dad and Bill Clinton. The funniest: When Harrison makes the jump from the dam, from "Fugitive" you here the title song from "Baywatch" and see a group of attractive young lifeguards race to site. The US marshals shoot machine guns at the criminals' feet making them do an Irish dance.

"Wrongfully Accused" is the summer's second spoof movie. First along came the lame "Mafia," which didn't work because there were no main characters. To have Leslie Nielsen on your team when you're making a spoof, that's an almost certain success even if the film on its own is bad, like this movie. In other words, if this movie was absent of him and was still released in theaters it should have been called "Wrongfully Released."


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