The Wrong Guy
DVD cover
Directed byDavid Steinberg
Written byDave Foley
David Anthony Higgins
Jay Kogen
Produced byJon Slan
Janet E. Cuddy
Martin Walters
CinematographyDavid A. Makin
Edited byChristopher Cooper
Music byLawrence Shragge
Distributed byLions Gate Entertainment
Release date
August 1, 1997
Running time
92 minutes

The Wrong Guy is a 1997 Canadian black comedy film directed by David Steinberg. It was co-written by Dave Foley along with David Anthony Higgins and Jay Kogen. Foley also stars in the picture, along with David Anthony Higgins, Jennifer Tilly, Colm Feore and Joe Flaherty.

The script was originally inspired by a sketch Foley wrote during his days with The Kids in the Hall.


Dorky executive Nelson Hibbert (Foley) gets passed over for a promotion after spending years (including marrying one of his boss's daughters).[1] Upon the decision, he ends up shouting "I swear I will kill you!" as security drags him from the board room. Later, when he goes to confront his boss (Kenneth Welsh), he finds that the man has already been murdered, and, due to the scene he made earlier, assumes that he will be mistaken for the murderer.[1] Nelson flees, unaware that security cameras have already revealed the identity of the true killer to the authorities. Nelson tries to escape to Mexico, but along the way he meets both the real killer (Feore) and the murder's investigator, Detective Arlen (Higgins), who Nelson believes is trailing him. It turns out that Ken Daly, who acquired the promotion had the company President killed to gain the spot so quickly. Chaotic events transpire and Nelson meets a narcoleptic farm girl, Lynn Holden (Tilly).[1] What follows is a bizarre series of misadventures marked with slapstick routines and constant one-liners.


The members of Barenaked Ladies made cameos as singing policemen.


Foley described The Wrong Guy as his best film.[1]

The film was released direct-to-video in the United States.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Rabin, Nathan (May 11, 2011). "Sad Sack Case File #188: The Wrong Guy". The A. V. Club. Retrieved June 5, 2020.
  2. ^ The Wrong Guy at IMDb