Wrongfully Accused

August 21st, 1998


Wrongfully Accused

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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.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.6/10 (10,691 voted)

Director: Pat Proft

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Richard Crenna, Kelly LeBrock

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.

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 - 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 - Commissioner Hannigan
Chick Hearn - Basketball Announcer
Lambchop - Herself

Taglines: 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.

Release Date: 21 August 1998

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Opening Weekend: DEM 2,671,907 (Germany) (26 July 1998) (517 Screens)

Gross: $9,604,029 (USA) (11 October 1998)

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Did You Know?

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.

Errors in geography: When Ryan Harrison goes to the corn field in the car he hot wired, he gets out and you see a British Columbia license plate. He is supposed to be in Minnesota.

Lt. Fergus Falls: Shoot and gut every animal in the park. Their stomachs might contain something that could be a clue. Donate the meat to charity. The hides can be turned into warm socks for the poor. Grind up the bones for dog food. I want nothing wasted.

User Review

Another classic from Leslie Nielsen!

Rating: 7/10

I read another reviewer's comments about Wrongfully Accused, and I am continually amazed at how many people judge movies like this as though they are meant to be serious cinematic endeavors. Leslie Nielsen's films, literally, are jokes, and if you can't take them that way then maybe it would be better if you didn't watch them. I only say this here rather than just to that reviewer because I think it's worth pointing out that, in case you couldn't already tell, this movie is a parody and is meant to be laughed at.

I am perfectly willing to admit that it is peppered with scenes that fall completely flat (the sex scene with the sports commentary in the background is a prime example) and much of Nielsen's acting is absolutely awful (also note that much of this is also a parody of similar bad acting in the movies that are being spoofed in this movie, such as The Fugitive and obviously some of the James Bond films), but again, you really need to keep in mind what kind of movie this is.

Besides, there are also plenty of truly hilarious scenes. I can't help cracking up at the train peeking around the rock at Nielsen as he tries to escape, or the scene where he bends down to get his foot out of the railroad tracks and is hit in the forehead by the crossing gate. This scene was also screwed up, because that crossing gate was down across the track rather than a road going over the tracks, and it stopped rising just above Nielsen's head. But who cares? Comedy is a surprise, if you just saw what was expected it wouldn't be funny!

I can't say that Wrongfully Accused promises a cerebral workout or any moving social commentary, but if you look at the cover of this movie and expect something like that, maybe you should stick to the kid's section at the video store, because you are probably a little out of your league. The rest of you should be able to find some things to laugh at in this movie. Just enjoy it for what it is, because there are really only two things that frost my butt, a snow cone about that high, and IMDb reviewers that can't take a good joke!


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