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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

Writer:

Pat Proft
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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 ... Self
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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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Somewhere in the naked city lurks a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man responsible for the murder for which Ryan Harrison has been wrongfully accused. To find him, all Ryan needs is a clue. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In the hospital scene, the intercom pages "Dr. Benton, Dr. Carter, Dr. Greene, Dr. Weaver, and Dr. Ross", all doctors on the NBC drama ER (1994). See more »

Goofs

The death penalty was abolished in Minnesota in 1911, so he would not have been sentenced to execution in Minnesota. See more »

Quotes

Violinist: [Crying at the violin concert] Oh, that's so sad!
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Crazy Credits

After the "No animals were mistreated..." disclaimer: No cars or trucks were injured during any explosions. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Is Parody Dead? (2013) See more »

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Machine Gun Jig
Composed and Performed by Gustav G
Featuring: Bruce Dukov - Fiddle
Jon Clarke - Woodwinds
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Movie Buffs' Delight
5 January 2018 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

A late entry in Leslie Nielsen's career-rebooting series of movie parodies, 1998's "Wrongfully Accused" treads familiar territory. However, the film will likely be catnip to fans of "Airplane," "Naked Gun," and "Police Squad." Written, produced, and directed by Pat Proft, a veteran writer on the "Police Squad" TV series and the "Naked Gun" movie trilogy, the movie is an endless string of hit-or-miss sight gags, bad puns, and slapstick. While showing his age, the 72-year-old Nielsen manages to keep up with the frantic pace. Proft's first and only directorial effort is a take-off on Harrison Ford's "The Fugitive," and Nielsen plays Ryan Harrison, a moniker among numerous obvious references, who is a music virtuoso also known as Lord of the Violin. Nielsen is passingly involved with the wife of Hibbing Goodhue, played by Michael York, and, when York is murdered, Nielsen is convicted of the crime, jailed, and sentenced to death. The set pieces imitate the original film with a train-bus wreck in which Nielsen escapes, a pursuit in the sewers, and a daring jump into a raging river. On the run, Nielsen seeks to prove his innocence by finding a one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man, all the while pursued by Richard Crenna, a garrulus cop named Lieutenant Fergus Falls.

For movie buffs, the references to old movies are enough to make the film entertaining; from extended scenes that mimic "The Usual Suspects," "Mission Impossible," "Titanic," and "North by Northwest," to passing references to "The Empire Strikes Back," "Field of Dreams," and "Braveheart," to dialog lifted from "Casablanca," Proft's movie is great fun. Viewers are advised to sit through the wacky end credits, which like those of earlier Nielsen spoofs, include a number of genuinely funny attributions. Unfortunately, unlike other Nielsen spoofs, the cast is light on star cameos, and only York and Sandra Bernhardt are well known among the cast. While Melinda McGraw plays Nielsen's sidekick and love interest, she fails to make a strong impression, and the more than 35-year age difference between Nielsen and McGraw is borderline icky. However, the May-December attraction is a small quibble. The audience for "Wrongfully Accused" knows what they paid for, and the film generally delivers. However, those who hated "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" are warned to stay clear.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) 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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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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