August 23, 1998 -- "Wrongfully Accused" is another one of those spoof movies like "Airplane" that makes fun of movie clichés. This one has quite a few hits and even more misses.
Leslie Nielsen stars as Ryan Harrison, a character based on Harrison Ford's character in "The Fugitive," except that he's not a doctor, he's the "Lord of the Violin." The movie doesn't stop at spoofing "The Fugitive," however, it goes on to spoof everything from "Casablanca" to "Field of Dreams," "North by Northwest," and many other films.
Richard Crenna takes on the role of (Fergus Falls) a law enforcement type based on the character Tommy Lee Jones made famous in "The Fugitive."
The story has Harrison being framed for the murder of Hibbing Goodhue (Michael York) as part of an enormously complicated assassination plot involving a certain one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man. There's also a romance between Harrison and Cass Lake (Melinda McGraw), but the plot is just a thin line on which jokes are hung.
The first part of the film is mildly amusing. The jokes get better at about the halfway point and it isn't too bad from then on. Some of the jokes are very funny, but many others just don't quite seem to connect. This film is strictly hit and miss. It rates a C.
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