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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) Poster

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Some years later Queen Elizabeth II attended a Oakland A's vs Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore and met both teams in their respective dugouts. Reggie Jackson, then an Oakland A's coach, was the first person in the receiving line in the Oakland dugout. Some news channels showed gag footage from the movie of the Queen impersonator throwing out the first pitch. Leslie Nielsen actually met the real Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.
While impersonating an umpire, the batter swings back and hits Frank in the face. This joke was suggested by Mel Brooks.
Drebin's line about shooting the Shakespeare in the Park performers is a close parody of a line Harry Callahan says about shooting a rapist in Dirty Harry (1971).
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).
Among Drebin's old food in the refrigerator is a jar of mayo. The expiration date reads 1982, the year Police Squad! (1982) debuted on TV.
The baseball blooper reel shows a ballplayer's head coming off when he crashes into a fence. This scene is a tribute to a quote from San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman: "Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall - and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres."
During Vincent Ludwig's first encounter with Frank Drebin, Ludwig is feeding his "fighting fish" small minnows. This is identical to a scene in the Bruce Lee movie "Game of Death" where we see Dr. Land (the main villain) feeding the same fish.
This movie is a big-screen version of the cult cop spoof series Police Squad! (1982). The title was changed to avoid confusion with the Police Academy series of films, which were also co-created by Pat Proft. David Zucker remembers that they were given a list of about 20 potential titles, and they chose 'The Naked Gun' because it 'promised so much more than it could possibly deliver'.
The "breasts" that remind Frank of his ex-wife are concrete reactor containment domes at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California.
A number of characters from the series were recast for the film series, these include O.J. Simpson (replacing Peter Lupus as Norberg, which has the spelling changed to Nordberg), and George Kennedy (replacing Alan North as Ed Hocken). Leslie Nielsen (as Frank Drebin) and Ed Williams (as Ted Olsen) where the only main characters to stay the same.
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This was John Houseman's final film before his death on October 31, 1988 at the age of 86. The film was released approximately one month later on December 2, 1988.
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The conversation between Ludwig and Papschmear about "Sensory Induced Hypnosis" is a direct spoof of a scene in Telefon (1977), where Charles Bronson is offered a demonstration of "Drug Induced Hypnosis"
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The terrorist organization that Frank attacks and beat up in the opening scene was written as a obvious nod to spectre the terrorist organization in the James Bond films. Leslie Nielsen later starred in the spy spoof "Spy Hard".
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The only "Naked Gun" film in which the current president is not impersonated.
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Bo Derek was first choice for the role of Jane Spencer.
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"Cowboy" Joe West, a veteran MLB Umpire and country singer has a cameo as an umpire at the baseball game. He even wears his real number on his sleeve: #22.
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Reggie Jackson is depicted as an outfielder for the California Angels and Jay Johnstone is depicted as a player for the Seattle Mariners. Though both are legit former major league players, both had been retired by the time this movie was released. Jackson retired as an Oakland A's (his original team) in 1987 and Johnstone had retired as a Los Angeles Dodger in 1985.
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The painting that Drebin accidentally destroys in Ludwig's house is "Blue Boy", the most famous work of Thomas Gainsborough. The original painting is housed in the Huntington Library (San Marino, California).
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Ricardo Montalban was cast as the main antagonist Vincent Ludwig due to his performance as Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
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The kitchen background (as Drebin asks if Jane would still like something to eat), has a food item pulsating. 'Weird Al' Yankovic - who makes a cameo in this film - uses a similar gag for his "Livin in the Fridge" video, five years later.
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The scene in which Frank descends from the plane and talks to Ed (before Al Yankovic's appearance) is a nod to Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game (1939). The dialog is not exactly the same, but the setup mirrors the beginning of that film (a man has achieved a remarkable feat, yet is saddened that his love is not there to greet him).
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Unlike Police Squad! (1982), on which the film is based, the cast do not fake a freeze frame during the closing credits.
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Charlotte Zucker (Dominique) was the mother of David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.
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In the love scene between Frank and Jane. Although Jane is naked in the scene. If you look carefully, Priscilla Prestley (Jane) can be glimpsed wearing a strapless bra.
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When Ludwig offers Drebin a Cuban Cigar - Drebin states that his mother was from Wales, a nod to Leslie Nielsen himself, in real life Leslie Nielsen had a Welsh mother.
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The scene which Drebin justifies his actions to the Mayor about him shooting 5 Shakespearian performers in public parodies a similar scene in "Dirty Harry", which Harry (Clint Eastwood) justifies to the Mayor about him shooting a man with a butcher knife whom he suspected was about to commit rape.
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The marching band seen trampling Vincent Ludwig outside Dodger Stadium at the end of the film is the "Spirit of Troy" Marching Band from the nearby University of Southern California (USC). The band you actually hear is the Rice University Marching Owl Band (the MOB). They are thanked in the credits.
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While it is made to appear like the home field of the California Angels, the baseball stadium is actually Dodger Stadium. The Angels have not called the stadium home since 1965.
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The henchman in the Dugout Dogs shootout says (during the gunfire), "Take this, you lousy jerk cop!"
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The first installment of "The Naked Gun" trilogy.
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The name for O.J. Simpson's character, Nordberg, was taken from a manufacturing company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Nordberg plant was located at Oklahoma and Chase Avenues and featured a huge "Nordberg" sign visible to passers-by on Highway 94. The factory was purchased by Metso Minerals and has since closed in 2004.
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The license plate on the white semi (during the chase scene) is a Michigan Manufacturers Plate which would have been issued to Ford Motor Company.
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Even though it has been correctly mentioned that the Angels home game is filmed at Dodger Stadium, it looks like the first interior shot of the ball park is Chicago's Wrigley Field.
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Cameo 

Robert K. Weiss:  The film's producer is the hot dog vendor in the montage sequence.
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Director Cameo 

David Zucker:  in the opening credits as a man fixing a picture up onto the wall of his house when the police squad car drives into the hallway. The director turns around and jumps into the room next door.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The device that induces characters to accept commands to kill someone is similar to to what the parasitic life forms in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) do. Ricardo Montalban plays the villain in both films. However, the hypnosis plot is actually lifted from the movie Telefon (1977).
One of two 1988 comedies that featured a scene with a villain being run over by a bulldozer, with the other film being A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
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