6.8/10
89,771
90 user 43 critic

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

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

Director:

Writers:

(television series Police Squad), (television series "Police Squad") | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson
Hot Shots! (1991)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"Rambo" parody in which Topper Harley leads a rescue team into Iraq to save Iraqi war prisoners and all of their previous rescue teams.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

Director: Ken Finkleman
Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges
Airplane! (1980)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
Spy Hard (1996)
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 is assigned by his Director, to stop the evil General Rancor from destroying the world. WD-40 believed Rancor was dead and he teams up with the hot K.G.B. Agent Veronique Ukrinsky to find Rancor and save the world.

Director: Rick Friedberg
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Nicollette Sheridan, Charles Durning
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ryan Harrison is framed for murder and must prove himself innocent by finding a mysterious one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged man after escaping from a bus accident on the way to jail.

Director: Pat Proft
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Richard Crenna, Kelly LeBrock
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.

Directors: Jerry Paris, James Signorelli
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mel Brooks' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of good-hearted but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jacqueline Brookes ...
...
...
...
...
Dunwell
Ed Williams ...
John Roarke ...
Margery Ross ...
Barbara Bush
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The sequel so big, they had to add a half See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,800,000 (USA) (30 June 1991)

Gross:

$86,930,411 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Frank requests to "cut in" and dance with Jane, the person she was originally dancing with was singer Mel Tormé, known as "The Velvet Fog". See more »

Goofs

During Frank and Jane's dance, he rips a large portion of her skirt off. When she goes to sit with Hapsburg, she adjusts her skirt, which seems to have lengthened again. See more »

Quotes

[Lt. Frank Drebin and Ed Hocken are in a sex shop making inquiries]
Lt. Frank Drebin: We're looking for Hector Savage. Where is he?
Busty Female Shop Assistant: Why should I tell you, copper?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Because I'm the last line of defense between sleaze like this and the decent people of this town.
[a male shop assistant walks in from a back storeroom]
Sex Shop Assistant: Oh, hi, Frank. Say, we finally got that model D83 Swedish sure-grip suck machine that you ordered.
Lt. Frank Drebin: [to the Female Assistant; embarassed] It's a gift.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Crane Grip .................. Lloyd Barcroft Dolly Grip .................. Jon Falkengren Poli-Grip ................... Martha Raye What the hell is a Grip? .... Person responsible for maintenance and adjustment to equipment on the set See more »

Connections

Featured in 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

UNCHAINED MELODY
by Alex North & Hy Zaret
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Still crackin'
7 September 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The first "Naked Gun" movie is one of the best spoofs of all time. I'm not a huge fan of the genre but even I think it's incredibly, side-splittingly outrageous - this last time I saw it I laughed so hard I cried.

The sequels of course were intended to cash in on the surprise success of the original (which was based on the ZAZ trio's failed TV show, "Police Squad," hence the subtitle on the film). For the most part, both sequels were entertaining and funny. Although it's nowhere near as good as the original, "Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" is a worthy continuation of the epic saga (just kidding about the epic bit) - all in all it's just good fun.

Leslie Nielsen returns as Lt. Frank Drebin, this time out to foil the plans of a mad industrialist (Robert Goulet). It seems a respected doctor has found a new method of preserving earth's natural resources and foregoing oils, gasoline, and other elements. Fearing financial bankruptcy, the companies kidnap the doctor and replace him with an identical "clone" of sorts, so the truth cannot come out.

However, the doctor's assistant is Frank's old flame (played by Priscilla Presley). Frank looks into the case while rekindling a relationship with the woman of his dreams.

David Zucker returned to direct this film with the help of brother Jerry and pal Jim Abrahams. If I recall correctly, the third film was not made by them, so it's interesting to see them tackling a sequel to a film of theirs - something they don't usually do (they also passed on "Airplane 2").

For the most part this film is quite funny and has some really good gags, but it's also littered with some mediocre ones, as many spoofs of these sorts are.

Nielsen is still hilarious as Drebin and all around him act simply to accommodate his talents. George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson also return to their roles.

If you enjoyed the first film, chances are you'll also enjoy this. Basically it's in the same vein of the first film and delivers a good range of slapstick gags, some of which will have you in a fit. But you won't be gasping for breath like you did when you saw the first "Naked Gun" movie.


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page