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[[caption-width-right:300:''"It's not just a movie...it's '''every''' movie."'']]

'''''Wrongfully Accused''''' is a 1998 Creator/LeslieNielsen spoof film written and directed by ZAZ[[note]](Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker)[[/note]] protégé Pat Proft. A rather brilliant example of the joke-a-minute (though really it's more like every 10 to 20 seconds) school of comedy.

The frame {{parody}} is built around the 1993 version of ''Film/TheFugitive'' centering on renowned concert violinist, Ryan Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) in pursuit of the one-armed, one-legged and one-eyed man who killed his lover's husband after being framed for the murder. Richard Crenna's delightful parody of Creator/TommyLeeJones' fast-talking federal marshal is probably the highlight of the movie, with many of the best lines.

However, ''The Fugitive'' is hardly the only movie that gets parodied here. Particularly notable targets include ''Film/MissionImpossible (1996)'', ''Film/Titanic1997'', ''Lord of the Dance'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', ''Theatre/{{Riverdance}}'', ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'', ''Film/PatriotGames'', Mentos commercials, ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'', ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' and even ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' and ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', among many others.

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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* ActorIsTheTitleCharacter: Well, more like the title ''adverb-adjective''.
* TheAdjectivalMan: The one-armed, one-eyed, one-legged man parodying ''The Fugitive'''s one-armed man.
* AffectionateParody: Not just of ''The Fugitive'' and other movies but also of suspenseful FugitiveArc mystery thrillers and action dramas in general.
* AlliterativeName: The federal marshal, Fergus Falls.
* AngelsPose: Parodied by Fergus Falls and his two agents when they break down a door.
* ArtificialLimbs: Sean Laughrea has them, replacing an eye, an arm, and a leg.
** The hospital also has a section labeled "Limbs 'R' Us".
* BananaPeel: A whole ''bus'' is taken down by one!
* BigStupidDooDooHead: While on the bus being transported to prison, Ryan and one of his guards get into an argument that eventually degenerates into this.
* BreathlessNonSequitur: Practically every line of dialogue.
* BulletDancing: In a parody of ''Riverdance''!
* ButtMonkey: Ryan goes through quite a bit of abuse trying to stay one step ahead of his pursuers.
* TheCameo:
** John Walsh, long time host of ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'' (along with Maury Hannigan of ''Real Stories of the Highway Patrol''), appears in the film. Though it isn't clear if he's playing as the "America's Most Wanted" host as he is seen in a backwoods bait and tackle shop.
** The puppet Lambchop from ''Series/LambchopsPlayAlong'' for no real reason other than it's [[RuleOfFunny supposed to be funny]]
* ClearMyName
* CreatorCameo: Director Pat Proft plays a window technician who accidentally gets electrocuted by a defibrillator.
* CreditsGag: Occurs almost immediately, with "Leslie Nielsen as Leslie Nielsen."[[note]]Despite actually playing a character named Ryan Harrison.[[/note]]
** The jokes don't stop even after the film is finished:
*** After the "Boom Operator" (a real film job, operating the boom microphone) are listed a "Pow Operator" and "Kablam Operator".
*** Also appearing later on is a restaurant menu of entrees.
*** The Negative Cutter (who edits the film negative to match the final print) is followed by "Very Up and Positive" Cutter.
* CriminalDoppelganger: Parodied. Ryan sees a "Wanted" poster of himself and rapidly draws black hair, glasses, a beard and a tiny hat over his image. Immediately, another man with black hair, glasses, moustache and tiny hat in the same building is arrested.
* DestructoNookie: Apparently, Ryan's love-making is so powerful it sets off an airbag in the headboard of the bed.
* DoubleTake: During the ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' parody, an airplane is headed towards Ryan, and Ryan looks back ''nine times'' before he starts running away.
* DramaticShattering: After Ryan exits the bait shop, John Walsh pieces together the string of lies that Ryan created, which he made using various items and signs in the bait shop. John drops his coffee in slow motion, which shatters on the floor, in a nod to ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. However, true to a parody flick, John also drops a doughnut, an egg, and a water balloon.
* EccentricMillionaire: Hibbing Goodhue.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Caught between a raging waterfall and being apprehended by the marshal, Ryan shouts that he's not going back to prison and makes for a dive - only to slam his head on the ceiling of the pipe he's standing in. Disoriented, he simply flops over the edge instead.
* FemmeFatale: Ultimately subverted with Cass.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: A few, including a hilarious one where a newscaster on television is frantically screaming over how she's unable to hear herself after Ryan mutes her with the remote.
* {{Gainaxing}}: During the ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' scene, complete with boingy sound effects.
* GoldDigger: Lauren.
* HeartBeatsOutOfChest: Happens to Ryan during a near-encounter with Fergus Falls before accidentally going over a waterfall. Also, said heart is cartoon shaped.
* HellholePrison: The destination sign on the bus reads [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "A HELLISH PRISON"]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Ryan to Cass.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Exaggerated during the climax as Ryan is able to seat a truckload of people, wash the windows, change a van's tire and check its pressure at a normal pace all while being shot at a very close range by several terrorists.
* InspectorJavert: Fergus Falls, being a parody of Sam Gerard from ''The Fugitive''.
* KeyUnderTheDoormat: Hilariously inverted when Ryan finds a large key-shaped case with a rock inside that he uses to break the glass on the door.
* KilledOffForReal[=/=]WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Hibbing Goodhue (Michael York) is murdered in the first 13 minutes]]. His murder is what drives the plot.
* LegCannon: A firearm is disguised as an artificial limb.
* LineOfSightName: As seen in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JogttpcKFIA tackle shop scene]].
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: A staple of the genre, but especially prominent in Goodhue's murder scene - he reacts to multiple gunshot wounds with a simple "Ouch!" and exasperatedly asking if his killer is "quite finished."
* MarilynManeuver: Ryan pulls this after infiltrating a [[ManInAKilt Scottish pipe band]] and standing over an air vent. His legs are suspiciously feminine, and there is sound similar to blowing over a glass bottle.
* TheMelBrooksNumber: Right at the beginning, with Lambchop.
* MentosFinger: Parodied. Ryan is looking for a way out of a bathroom while the police batter their way into the house, and eating a Mentos inspires him to yank the toilet off the wall and pull it over to the window to escape, complete with turning to the camera and giving a thumbs-up with his Mentos.
** If you've ever wanted to watch the scene with the actual Mentos commercial jingle played over it...[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivlt0UrEw7k here it is]].
* MiscarriageOfJustice
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Ryan is sentenced to be executed "Buffet Style": Hanged, electrocuted, lethally-injected, and placed before a firing squad.
* {{Parody}}: Several films get parodied such as the ones mentioned above and even films like ''Film/PatriotGames'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' get a brief nod.
* PunnyName: Cass Lake, which is the name of an actual lake in Minnesota.
* RailroadTracksOfDoom: Complete with a locomotive that chases him by ''[[{{Determinator}} literally hopping off its rails and chasing him through a forest.]]''
* RapidFireComedy
* RasputinianDeath: Played for Laughs when [[spoiler:Hibbing Goodhue]] is shot ''25 times'' before finally being taken out by two arrows to the chest.
* TheReveal[=/=]EveryoneIsRelated: Lauren is Cass' aunt being her mother's identical twin sister ("born ten years apart, but identical"), Sean is her adoptive brother while [[spoiler:Sir Robert [=McKintyre=] is Cass' father]].
** [[spoiler:It was also Lauren who killed Hibbing Goodhue, not Sean as Harrison previously believed.]]
* RuleOfFunny: A whole world that runs on this.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: During the ChaseScene in the sewer.
* ShoutOut: Countless amounts, completely dating the film in TheNineties.
** "Dr. Kimble to surgery please". Dr. Richard Kimble is the surgeon from ''The Fugitive'' who Leslie Nielsen parodies.
** On top of that Ryan's last name is a nod to Creator/HarrisonFord.
* TalksLikeASimile: Fergus Falls.
--> "This case has got more twists and turns than Chubby Checker in a blender."
* TapOnTheHead
* TitleDrop: Ryan just can't stress it enough.
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: At one point the first draft of the ''Film/Titanic1997'' screenplay is used as a blunt instrument.
* TooMuchInformation: When Lauren is interrogated:
--> '''Lauren''': Ryan and I were having sex. Hot steamy, sweaty sex. Every part of my body tingled orgasm after orgasm...\\
'''Sgt. Orono''': Lady, I just asked for your name.
* TrashLanding: Unfortunately for Ryan, the trash consists of nothing but dirty diaper bags.
* UnreadablyFastText: During the end credits: "NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE", then a bunch of names scroll up the screen much faster than the rest of the credits.
* TheVamp: Lauren.
* WaxingLyrical:
-->'''Ryan''': Music/TheBeatles said it best. She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, listen, Michelle ma belle, this nowhere man is the walrus, koo koo kachoo!

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