The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  28 June 1991 (USA)
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Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Commissioner Anabell Brumford
Anthony James ...
Lloyd Bochner ...
Terence Baggett
Arthur Dunwell
Ed Williams ...
John Roarke ...
Margery Ross ...
Gail Neely ...


Lt. Frank Drebbin returns to save the day once again. This time he's out to foil the "big boys" in the energy business. A top scientist (Dr Mainheimer) is about to publish his report on energy supply for the future. Things don't look good for the traditional suppliers; oil, coal and nuclear. To save their industries, the suppliers kidnap Mainheimer and replace him with a decoy with a more favourable report. Jane, the Dr's secretary, is Drebbin's old flame; they're passionate love affair is thus rekindled. Written by Rob Hartill

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28 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear  »

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$86,930,411 (USA)

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'Weird Al' Yankovic has a brief role as a thug who holds the police at the precinct at gunpoint. In the scene, he says, "Ok, Pigs, say your prayers!" followed by Frank slamming the door open and knocking Yankovic's character to the floor. Yankovic said it took more than 20 takes to get the scene done, and that after about 16 takes his leg had turned "a nice shade of purple". The stunt coordinator asked Yankovic at that point if he wanted to wear some padding. Yankovic also recalled that O.J. Simpson felt sorry for him. See more »


The picture of the Titanic hanging among other "big failures" at the Loser Bar is actually the Lusitania, a British liner sunk by a German U-boat during WWI: note the propellers (four instead of three), the different shape of the stern and the fact that, in the picture, it is daytime; although most of these aspects can only be told in a frozen frame. See more »


[Frank meets Jane after a long time]
Lt. Frank Drebin: How are the children?
Jane Spencer: We didn't have any children.
Lt. Frank Drebin: Yes, of course.
Jane Spencer: How was your prostate operation?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Oh, good. Fine. Never been better.
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by Alex North & Hy Zaret
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Return Agent Frank Debrin with several laughters and similar elements of the predecessor film
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Frank Debrin(Leslie Nielsen) again in this second part, this time is abducted a politician(Richard Griffiths) and the lieutenant must to resolve the conflict when a scheme by different powers centers try the taking rule for adoption a new policy.Meanwhile he goes on enamored of his anterior girlfriend(Pricilla Priestley)who keeps away herself from him. The film has been planned by ZAZ : Jim Abrahams,Jerry Zucker and David Zucker(besides in the film is as screenwriter Pat Proft),they are American satirists with successful work and longtime collaborators and made their own comedy troupe,the Kentucky Fried Theather.¨Airplane¨along with ¨Naked gun¨series remains as their most commercial work with the exception of Jerry Zucker's ¨Ghost¨. Nielsen makes other genre spoof with great loads of gags,slapdash and slapstick.He's the dumber police officer from Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau.The parody is continuous,hilarious,surrealist,absurd and sometimes is gross-out but in some moments here and there is also bold and intelligent.As always are the habituals cinematographic references,being an amusement to find out them,thus a homage by director David Zucker to his brother Jerry with the film¨Ghost¨ (Nielsen and Priscilla making of Swayze and Moore with smile to roar with laughter) and and images of getting up pyramid in ¨Ten commandments¨simulating a sexual scene.Plus there are sketches incorrect politically as the jokes at a paralytic and to Barbara Bush . Usuals cameos and invited actors is reduced ,thus only is appeared Zsa Zsa Gabor.The motion picture will like to Leslie Nielsen fans and lunatic humor lovers. Rating : Average but entertained and amused.

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