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The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 9 May 1980 (USA)
Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.



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Jonathan Levinson Seigle
Jerry Krovney
Pam Krovney
Thomas Hill ...
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An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Would you believe... Maxwell Smart goes undercover to expose a plot to make the world naked? See more »


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Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of Maxwell Smart  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,565,066, 11 May 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only "Get Smart" production that does not include the "Get Smart" phrase wording in its title. Even its television title "The Return of Maxwell Smart" did not have the "Get Smart" phrase. All other "Get Smart" TV series and movies have included the words "Get Smart". See more »


When Max and Larrabee are driving together, there is no window post ('B pillar') between the front and rear doors, yet the car used for the outside shots has one. See more »


Maxwell Smart: Of course, the old bullet in the barrel trick.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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9 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Like the Austin Powers movies, "Get Smart" is a spoof of spy movies like the James Bond series, and "The Nude Bomb", made at the height of the Cold War, in the early 1980s, concerns Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, the guy with the shoe phone, pursuing the madman who has developed a bomb that, if exploded, would render everyone without clothes. This is an underrated movie and works well even with the absence of the original supporting cast from the 1960s television series. Almost, but not quite as funny as "The Naked Gun". 8/10

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