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Wrongfully Accused (1998)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

Tired formula; unfunny.



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Movie Info

Pat Proft directed this satire on The Fugitive with a plot parody of the 1993 Harrison Ford movie, which in turn was inspired by the 1963-67 ABC television series with David Janssen. Violinist Ryan Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) romances the wife (Kelly Le Brock) of his benefactor (Michael York), a man murdered by mercenaries. Naturally, Ryan gets blamed. Headed for Death Row, he's on a bus involved in a train accident and escapes in order to locate the real killer -- a one-armed, one-legged,



Pat Proft

Dec 22, 1998

Warner Home Video

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The best gags pop up in the closing credits, which should tell you something about what precedes the finale.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Even the audience at the free promotional screening was hard-pressed to find many genuine laughs in this purportedly comic abomination.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Beyond stupid.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A mind- numbingly awful motion picture that has a better chance of making a viewer physically ill than of provoking a genuine laugh.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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Unfortunately, most of the jokes just aren't very funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's something tired and rotten about this Fugitive send-up right from the start.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An understandably tired-looking Leslie Nielsen should seriously consider retirement from this tired genre.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

If and when you go see it, don't go in with an expectation of seeing something cinematically superior, but do expect a good time.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

I'd say it's worth a rent.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

This film is strictly hit and miss.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The rest of the cast doesn't look like it's having nearly as much fun as Nielsen is, but they are all exceedingly game and that's all that matters in these movies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

When a film critic starts throwing popcorn at the movie screen, something has to be wrong.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The epitaph of the modern spoof.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Amusing, perhaps, but really funny? No.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Ridiculously tired.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

One sad sad spoof that I could have lived without.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

An entertaining burlesque of The Fugitive. Sit down (watch out for that whoopee cushion!) and enjoy the latest Hollywood sendup of films immemorial.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

No one will remember Wrongfully Accused in a year, but...Nielsen has assured himself a place in comic history.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

No, Wrongfully Accused is not fall-down funny, but it offers some riotous moments.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene

Clearly, Pat Proft was wearing too many hats, and both his writing and his directing suffered for it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Wrongfully Accused

With the recent passing of comedy legend Leslie Nielsen, I felt it a high time to honor his memory by revisiting some of his movies. Starting off with Wrongfully Accused, I was yet again reminded of the brilliance he brought to his every performance. Always spot-on and with perfect dead-pan delivery. This may not be one of his best films, but it's a lot funnier than the critics have made it out to be. Yes, many of the jokes miss the mark, but Nielsen more than makes up for all of that. The gags come at you at super-sonic speed and you never know what's next around the corner. An entertaining cocktail of slap-stick and pure wittyness. So don't let the bad ratings scare you off. Because altough falling short of comedy gold, it's still a helluva lot better than the spoof movies they make nowadays.

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen. Thank you for all the great laughs that you gave to the world. You will always be remembered as one of the great kings of comedy.
December 18, 2010
Mike S

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I didn't like "The Fugitive", and I liked this movie even less.
August 1, 2007

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July 7, 2008

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    1. Ryan Harrison: Your dog has a surprised look on his face.
    2. Lauren Goodhue: That's because you are looking at his butt.
    3. Ryan Harrison: Then he probably won't like that treat I just fed him.
    – Submitted by Jennifer R (6 months ago)
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