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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.

Director:

David Zucker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jeannette Charles ... Queen Elizabeth II
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Ted Olsen
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Al
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... 'Weird Al'
Leslie Maier Leslie Maier ... 'Weird Leslie'
Winifred Freedman Winifred Freedman ... Stephie
Joe Grifasi ... Foreman
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Trivia

Robert K. Weiss: The film's producer is the hot dog vendor in the montage sequence. See more »

Goofs

Although the baseball stadium is filled to capacity for the Queen's visit to the ballgame, the background view to the outside during the final scene shows the parking lots to be completely empty. See more »

Quotes

Frank: It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans!
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Crazy Credits

"In Case of Tornado........................... SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BASEMENT" See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Netflix version of the film, the 'I'm Into Something Good' 'Music Video' caption is completely removed from the scene where Frank skips down the sidewalk after dropping Jane off at her apartment. Instead we receive the information via a standard caption at the bottom center of the screen losing the visual gag in the process. See more »


Soundtracks

I Love L.A.
(1983)
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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In praise of Leslie Nielsen....
6 October 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

The movie itself is funny. "The Naked Gun" is without a doubt the best skewering of all cop movie cliches available in this day and age. It works on every conceivable level and a few that haven't been conceived yet.

But what puts it over the top is Leslie Nielsen.

It's amazing: he was great in "Airplane!", another classic from the ZAZ team (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), and in the lamentably short TV series "Police Squad!". But here, he spreads his wings and flies to new heights of insanity and delerium. With jaw set square and tongue firmly in cheek, Neilsen makes the role of Lt. Frank Drebin all his own and the movie-going public's collective life is all the more enriched because of it.

He's aided and abetted by greats like Kennedy, Presley and Montalban (who knew?) and the movie even finds good moments for John Houseman and Reggie Jackson.

As I said, the movie takes off and finds great things to do with police cars with a mind all their own and goes on from there to take on such cliches as car chases, illegal searches, the cleaning out of the desk, the trip to the police lab, shoot-outs, the lax housework of a single police detective, etc., etc., etc.....

And what other cop movie in the history of the world has a music video in the middle, courtesy of Herman's Hermits?

Just one.

Ten stars and a Dugout Dog for "The Naked Gun", the film that answers once and for all - can Leslie Nielsen do comedy?

I think you know the answer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,331,746, 4 December 1988

Gross USA:

$78,756,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,756,177
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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