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

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 2 December 1988 (USA)
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Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Drebin
... Jane Spencer
... Vincent Ludwig
... Ed Hocken
... Nordberg
... Mrs. Nordberg
... Mayor
... Pahpshmir
Jeannette Charles ... Queen Elizabeth II
Ed Williams ... Ted Olsen
... Al
... 'Weird Al'
Leslie Maier ... 'Weird Leslie'
Winifred Freedman ... Stephie
... Foreman
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A rerun of many of the gags from the television series Police Squad! (1982). An Airplane! (1980)-type spoof, this time with the an incompetent Lieutenant Frank Drebin, who always "gets his man". Visual gags come thick and fast, and it's impossible to catch them all with one viewing. The plot: Queen Elizabeth II of England is coming to town, and Vincent Ludwig has plans to assassinate her using a brainwashed baseball player. Written by Rob Hartill

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Comedy | Crime

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2 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Police Squad!  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,300,000, 4 December 1988

Gross USA:

$78,041,829
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Frank first meets Jane, his narration is a parody of Phillip Marlowe in Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and a visual parody as well. Jane wears a red dress, walks down a staircase, and her hair is the "color of gold in old paintings". See more »

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In the opening credits as the police car enters into the house, just off to the right you can see the shadow of the camera car rig on the wall. See more »

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Frank: Interesting... almost as interesting as the photographs I saw today.
Jane: I was young! I needed the work!
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Many of the bit players are credited next to the one line of dialogue they had in the film. For example: "It's Enrico Pallazzo!" ... Mark Holton See more »

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Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Screamingly funny!
1 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

"The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" is the first movie based on the 1982 cult classic TV sitcom "Police Squad!" And this movie stands up next to "Airplane!" as one of the funniest movies ever made. That's no surprise, since the same team (Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker) that made "Airplane!" made "The Naked Gun". This movie is quite similar to "Airplane!" in the way it presents its jokes. Rapid fire, and you can't stop laughing. My kind of comedy. "The Naked Gun" has some of the biggest laughs in a movie that I've ever seen. Leslie Nielsen is perfect in his return to the role of inept cop Lt. Frank Drebin. Priscilla Presley is very funny in her film debut. George Kennedy, Ricardo Montalban, and even Nancy Marchand (a decade before "The Sopranos") get big laughs amongst the craziness. And love that opening title sequence. Very original. And unlike the "Police Academy" series, "The Naked Gun" sequels lived up to the original 1988 film. The first one is still the best, but "Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "Naked Gun 33 1/3" were very funny too. That's why "The Naked Gun" series is the funniest movie series ever made. I wish Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker would dream up an idea for a fourth "Naked Gun" picture. If they do, I'll see it in a flash.

**** (out of four)


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