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2 December 1988 (USA) See more »
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The Villain. Even Mother Teresa wanted him dead. See more »
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Incompetent cop Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Nielsen ... Frank Drebin

Priscilla Presley ... Jane Spencer

Ricardo Montalban ... Vincent Ludwig

George Kennedy ... Ed Hocken

O.J. Simpson ... Nordberg

Susan Beaubian ... Mrs. Nordberg

Nancy Marchand ... Mayor
Raye Birk ... Pahpshmir
Jeannette Charles ... Queen Elizabeth II
Ed Williams ... Ted Olsen

Tiny Ron ... Al

'Weird Al' Yankovic ... 'Weird Al'
Leslie Maier ... 'Weird Leslie'
Winifred Freedman ... Stephie

Joe Grifasi ... Foreman
Tony Brafa ... Enrico Pallazzo
Lorali Hart ... Woman On Ledge
Nicholas Worth ... Thug #1
Ronald G. Joseph ... Thug #27
Doris Hess ... Nurse #2
Charlotte Zucker ... Dominique
Larry Pines ... Drug Dealer #1

Tom Dugan ... Drug Dealer #2
Burton Zucker ... Photographer
David Katz ... Arafat
Robert LuJane ... Khadafi (as Robert Lujane)
Charles Gherardi ... Khomeini (as Charles Gherard)
Prince Hughes ... Idi Amin
David Lloyd Austin ... Gorbachev
Ken Minyard ... Ken &
Robert Arthur ... Bob (as Bob Arthur)
Greg Breslau ... Man Deleted from Fireworks Scene (as Greg)
Sharon Breslau ... Woman Deleted from Fireworks Scene

Reggie Jackson ... Angel Right Fielder
Michael J. Montes ... Angel Shortstop
Charles Fick ... Angel Catcher (as Chuck Fick)

Lawrence Tierney ... Angel Manager
Hank Robinson ... First Base Umpire
Joe West ... Third Base Umpire
Jay Johnstone ... Seattle First Up
Randy Harvey ... Seattle Pitcher
Brett Bartlett ... Seattle Centerfielder
Dennis Packer ... Baseball P.A. Announcer

Dick Vitale ... The Baseball Announcer

Dick Enberg ... The Baseball Announcer
Jim Palmer ... The Baseball Announcer
Mel Allen ... The Baseball Announcer
Curt Gowdy ... The Baseball Announcer
Tim McCarver ... The Baseball Announcer

Joyce Brothers ... The Basebell Announcer (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Don Woodard ... Reporter at airport - 'There he is!'
Christopher J. Keene ... Policeman at docks - 'Please disperse, Please disperse.'
Mary Norman ... City Hall Official - 'Here, you can use my radio mike.'
Susan Breslau ... Passerby - 'Hey, look out!'
Rick Seaman ... Truck Driver - 'Ya dumb broad!'
Fredric Arnold ... Passerby - 'Hey! What's the meaning of this?'
Ron Tank ... Reporter - 'Mayor, will there be any additional security officers added to the police force during the Queen's visit?'
Mallory Sandler ... Nurse - 'Oh, Dr. Alford, I have Mrs. Kepley's chart if you're ready to go over it.'
Edwina Moore ... Usher - 'Mr. Pallazzo, our head usher will be here in two minutes to take you onto the field.'
Jeff Wright ... Head Usher - 'Mr. Pallazzo! Would you come with me?'
Jim Smith ... Janitor - 'Sorry, fellas.'

Mark Holton ... Spectator - 'It's Enrico Pallazzo!'
Jane Couris ... Spectator - 'You killed him!'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacqueline Barrymore ... Girl with Flowers (uncredited)
Arthur Lamont Berger ... Woman Hugger at Stadium (uncredited)
Maureen Flaherty ... Woman (uncredited)
David Gale ... Man on Dais at Queen's Reception (uncredited)

John Houseman ... Driving Instructor (uncredited)
Kenny Kaiser ... Himself (uncredited)
Stuart Lancaster ... Press Conference Toilet Voiceover (uncredited)
Ron Luciano ... Himself (uncredited)

Conrad E. Palmisano ... Hijacked Taurus Driver (uncredited)
Brinke Stevens ... Brunette Woman in Showers (uncredited)

Sydney Urshan ... Man Pushing Nordberg's Wheelchair (uncredited)
USC Trojan Marching Band ... Marching Band (uncredited)

Robert K. Weiss ... Park Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
David Zucker 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jerry Zucker (written by) &
Jim Abrahams (written by) &
David Zucker (written by) &
Pat Proft (written by)

Jim Abrahams  television series: "Police Squad" &
David Zucker  television series "Police Squad" &
Jerry Zucker  television series "Police Squad"

Produced by
Jim Abrahams .... executive producer
Kevin Marcy .... associate producer (as Kevin M. Marcy)
John D. Schofield .... associate producer
Robert K. Weiss .... producer
David Zucker .... executive producer
Jerry Zucker .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (director of photography) (as Robert Stevens)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Jablow 
 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
 
Production Design by
John J. Lloyd 
 
Art Direction by
Donald B. Woodruff 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Gentz  (as Rick T. Gentz)
 
Costume Design by
Mary E. Vogt 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lorenz .... hairstylist: second unit crew
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hairstylist (as Gail Rowell)
Cheri Ruff .... hairstylist
Robert Ryan .... makeup artist (as Bob Ryan)
James R. Scribner .... makeup artist
Rolf John Keppler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
David B. Miller .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Lisa Rocco .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John D. Schofield .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Anderson .... first assistant director: second unit crew
Jim Behnke .... first assistant director: seond unit crew (as James F. Behnke)
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director: second unit crew
Nina Halvorsson .... second assistant director: second unit crew (as Nina Halvorsen)
Geraldine F. Keener .... second second assistant director: second unit crew
Carole Keligian .... first assistant director: second unit crew
Carole Keligian .... second assistant director
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director
Jeff Okabayashi .... dga trainee (as Jeffrey Okabayashi)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... director: second unit crew
Jeff Rafner .... second second assistant director
Robert K. Weiss .... director: second unit crew
 
Art Department
Jack E. Ackerman .... property master
Barbara Adamski .... property master
Stephen Adler .... assistant property master (as Steve Adler)
Matty Azzarone .... property person (as Matthew Azzarone)
Richard Baum .... property person
Cliff Bernay .... property person
Rick Caprarelli .... lead person
Huey Duval .... property person (as Huey P. Duvall)
Louis Friedman .... paint setter
Martin A. Kline .... production illustrator
Ken Marschall .... matte painter
Pat Moudakis .... assistant property master
David P. Newell .... assistant property master
Gary Ramirez .... property master: second unit crew
Phil Read .... construction coordinator (as Philip Read)
Christopher Woodworth .... set painter (as Chris Woodworth)
Richard Baum .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rainer G. Gruetzmacher .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Andrew Neskoromny .... set designer (uncredited)
James Passanante .... lead painter (uncredited)
Michael A. Tice .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer (as Thomas D. Causey)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley sound special effects
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising a.d.r. editor
David Lee Fein .... foley sound special effects
Leslie Gaulin .... foley editor (as Leslie Troy Gaulin)
Joseph Geisinger .... boom operator (as Joseph G. Geisinger)
Frank Howard .... sound editor
Ron Judkins .... sound mixer (as Ronald Judkins)
Richard Kite .... cable person (as Richard H. Kite)
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording mixer
Larry Mann .... sound editor
Victoria Martin .... foley editor
Steve Maslow .... re-recording mixer
Brian L. McCarty .... playback operator (as Brian McCarty)
F. Hudson Miller .... sound editor
Lettie Odney .... a.d.r. editor
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
R.J. Palmer .... sound editor
Gary Ritchie .... re-recordist
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Julia Evershade .... sound editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects supervisor
Gintar Repecka .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Eric Roberts .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bruce A. Block .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Leslie Nielsen (uncredited)
Harold Burns .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunt double: Queen Elizabeth (uncredited)
Terry Jackson .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Peters .... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Lori Seaman .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Seaman .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Block .... second assistant photographer: second unit crew
Philip Caplan .... camera operator: second unit crew (as Philip M. Caplan)
Christopher C. Cooper .... second assistant photographer
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator (as Allen Easton)
Jack Glenn .... dolly grip (as Jack Glen)
Gene Griffith .... first company grip: second unit crew
Douglas S. Holgate .... first assistant photographer: second unit crew (as Doug Holgate)
Frank M. Holgate .... director of photography: second unit crew (as Frank Holgate)
Leslie J. Kovacs .... chief lighting technician
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Willie McClean .... second company grip: second unit crew
Benny McNulty .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Bernard McNulty)
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator: second unit crew
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Michael Orefice .... chief lighting technician: second unit crew
E. Christopher Reed .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Ernest Christopher Reed)
Robert J. San Martin .... first assistant photographer
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator: second unit crew (as Christy Schweibert)
Richard Stevens .... film loader
Paul E. Sutton .... first company grip (as Paul Sutton)
Robert C. Thomas .... director of photography: second unit crew (as Robert Thomas)
Ian Wayne .... video engineer
Michael T. Travers .... best boy grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lindsay Chag .... casting assistant
Sue Swan .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hector Morales .... costumer: second unit crew
Gary Sampson .... costumer (as Gary R. Sampson)
Nick Scarano .... costume supervisor: men's
Andrea Thau .... wardrobe: Mr. Weiss
Deahdra Tyler .... costume supervisor: women's
Gala Autumn .... costumer (uncredited)
Bob Moore Jr. .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Vincent Laino .... apprentice editor
Lynne Southerland .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... supervising music editor
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator
Gary Ladinsky .... music scoring mixer
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
Ira Newborn .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Neil S. Bulk .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov .... violin (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty .... music playback operator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Vince del Castillo .... transportation coordinator (as Vince Del Castillo)
Raymond A. McLaughlin .... transportation captain (as Raymond McLaughlin)
Robert E. McLaughlin .... transportation co-captain
Rick Wiley .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephen K. Alsberg .... office assistant
Donna Cipriani .... production auditor
Tony Criscione .... assistant production auditor
Marsha Durko .... divorce attorney: Mr. Weiss
Ron Eisenman .... production medic
Michael Ewing .... assistant: Mr. Weiss
Rita Grant Miller .... production office coordinator (as Rita Grant-Miller)
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor
Leslie Maier .... assistant to executive producers
Cass Martin .... location manager
Timothy R. McWilliams .... production assistant
Gillian Murphy .... script supervisor: second unit crew
John Nesterowicz .... craft service
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Judson Schwartz .... location manager (as Judson N. Schwartz)
Leslie A. Soultanian .... secretary: Mr. Weiss
Douy Swofford .... main title design
William M. DeLuca .... mechanic (uncredited)
Johnny Disco .... double (uncredited)
Les Godwin .... associate location manager (uncredited)
Greg Knapp .... set and construction medic (uncredited)
Huey Redwine .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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85 min
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Trivia:
According to David Zucker in the DVD commentary, the studio insisted on the casting of an Oscar winner in one of the major roles. This led to the casting of George Kennedy, who had been actively campaigning for the role of Ed Hocken for months, saying that he was furious at having missed his chance to spoof himself in the movie Airplane! (1980).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the video/theatrical release, in the final battle with Vincent Ludwig, Frank Drebin's chest protector has deflated without reason. (note: the network television broadcast adds a scene in which Ludwig shoots the chest protector, causing it to deflate.)See more »
Quotes:
Frank:Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.See more »
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Soundtrack:
I'm Into Something GoodSee more »

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Whose finger was in Ludwig's hotdog?
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112 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
What we can learn from this film, 19 October 2005
Author: kylopod (kylopod@aol.com) from Baltimore, MD

The real question that "The Naked Gun" poses is not why it's one of the funniest spoofs ever made, but why virtually no subsequent movie in this genre has been any good at all. I used to adore this sort of movie when I was a kid--"Airplane," "Top Secret," and the six-episode "Police Squad" show, which became the basis for the "Naked Gun" series, were among the funniest films I knew. When I first saw "The Naked Gun" in the theater when I was eleven, I was in uncontrollable laughter for the first few minutes. That was my standard of great humor at the time.

But the following decades gave us a variety of similar spoof films, some of which involved one or more of the Zucker-Abrams-Nielsen team, and none of these films were even remotely in the league of their predecessors. These included "Hot Shots," "Loaded Weapon 1," "Jane Austen's Mafia," "Spy Hard," "Wrongfully Accused," and "Scary Movie." These films would typically feature some funny stuff, but you'd walk away indifferently, wondering what the overall point was. Seeing a ponytailed Leslie Nielsen imitating John Travolta's dance sequence in "Pulp Fiction" is funny for a second, but there's nothing enduring about such humor. An entire movie filled with such scenes doesn't amount to much. What's the big deal about such jokes, anyway? There's nothing intrinsically funny about making references to other films, even if you do it in a silly way. At what point did the genre go wrong and become such a dreary, uninspired affair? Is it that I've just outgrown this sort of humor?

I have another theory. When I first watched "The Naked Gun" at age eleven, I had not seen many of the movies it was spoofing, such as the early James Bond pictures. I was vaguely familiar with some of the clichés it was making fun of, but many of the political and sexual jokes went right over my head. And the celebrity cameos meant nothing to me. So what was it about the film that appealed to me so much, that made me laugh till my sides hurt?

The answer is simple: it was the film's utter silliness. Think of the scene at the beginning when we discover that Ayatollah Khomeini secretly sports a mohawk underneath his turban. Or the opening credits where the police car goes on the sidewalk, inside buildings, on a roller coaster, and so on. None of this makes any sense, of course; it's just an exercise in pure absurdity. I loved "The Naked Gun" for pretty much the same reason I loved the Three Stooges or Bugs Bunny cartoons. Even as an adult, I appreciate unsubtle cartoon humor when it is handled effectively. As long as it makes me laugh, who cares that it's not "sophisticated"? For example, the scene where Lt. Drebin breaks into a building and tries to be as quiet as possible, but then inadvertently sets off a player piano, is masterfully filmed.

Thus, "The Naked Gun" is farce as much as it is satire. As I grew older, I would gain a greater appreciation for the one-liners, like "You take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street or sticking your face in a fan." To be sure, many of these jokes are dumb. They're supposed to be. That's the whole point. What I understood even at age eleven was that the movie was essentially playing games with the audience. When Lt. Drebin looks in a drawer and says "bingo," I knew immediately that the drawer would reveal a bingo board. I was used to this sort of humor, because I'd seen it in the earlier Zucker-Abrams films, where the jokes had a definite logic to them, and trying to predict them in advance was part of the fun. They have far more to do with audience anticipation than with trying to make us laugh at bad puns.

The modern spoof films have forgotten all this. They've forgotten that making a good spoof requires a measure of invention, even if much of the plot is ripped off from elsewhere. Car chases may not be original, but "The Naked Gun" is, as far as I know, the first film in which the chase is conducted by a student driver. This type of cleverness is largely absent from the modern spoofs, which assume that they have no reason to be creative when their ideas are based broadly on other films. They've forgotten that the most effective way to make fun of a cliché is by coming up with an ingenious twist. Even the characters in films like these matter, and Lt. Drebin is crafted in the grand tradition of other inept lawmen like Inspector Clousseau. This is what gives the film its own personal stamp that makes it more than an exercise in movie references.

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