Several years later, Queen Elizabeth II attended a Oakland A's versus Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore, Maryland, 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 this movie of the Queen's impersonator throwing out the first pitch. Leslie Nielsen met the real Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.
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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 several months, saying that he was furious at having missed his chance to spoof himself in "Airplane! (1980)."
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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."
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While Frank is impersonating an umpire, the batter swings back and hits Frank in the face. This joke was suggested by Mel Brooks.
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Susan Beaubian played Mrs. Nordberg, the wife of the character played by O.J. Simpson. Many years later, Beaubian starred in "The People v. O.J. Simpson," which was the first season of FX's crime anthology series American Crime Story (2016), about the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
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This movie is a big-screen continuation of the cult cop spoof series Police Squad! (1982). The title was changed to avoid confusion with the Police Academy film franchise, which were also co-created by Pat Proft. David Zucker remembers that they were given a list of about twenty potential titles, and they chose "The Naked Gun" because it "promised so much more than it could possibly deliver". Perhaps unintentionally, it also mirrors another TV series-to-movie adaptation: The Nude Bomb (1980), which followed up the television series Get Smart (1965).
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During Vincent Ludwig's (Ricardo Montalban's) first encounter with Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), Ludwig is feeding his "fighting fish" small minnows. This is identical to a scene in Bruce Lee's Game of Death (1978) where Dr. Land (Dean Jagger ) (the main villain) feeds the same fish.
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The "breasts" that remind Frank of his ex-wife are concrete reactor containment domes at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, California.
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A few characters from the television series were re-cast for the film franchise, 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 Lieutenant Frank Drebin), Ed Williams (as Ted Olsen), and Tiny Ron (as Al) were the only main characters to stay the same.
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Lieutenant Frank Drebin's (Leslie Nielsen's) line about shooting the Shakespeare in the Park performers is a close parody of a line Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood ) said about shooting a rapist in Dirty Harry (1971).
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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 on December 2, 1988.
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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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Among Drebin's old food in the refrigerator is a jar of mayonnaise. The expiration date reads 1982, the year Police Squad! (1982) debuted.
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In Double Indemnity (1944), Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray ) is flirting with Phyliss Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck ) when he first meets her, and says, "That's a honey of an ankle bracelet you're wearing, Mrs. Dietrichson." At Frank and Jane's first meeting, he says to her, "Hey, that's a honey of an ankle bracelet you have there."
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The terrorist organization that Frank attacks and beats up in the opening scene was written as a nod to S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the terrorist organization in the James Bond film franchise.
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The painting that Drebin accidentally destroyed in Ludwig's house was "Blue Boy", the most famous work of Thomas Gainsborough. The original painting is housed in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
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When Ludwig offers Drebin a Cuban cigar, Drebin states that his father was from Wales, a nod to Leslie Nielsen. In real life, Nielsen had a Welsh mother.
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Dr. Joyce Brothers' incongruous appearance as a baseball announcer is a reference to her first TV appearance on The $64,000 Question, where her equally incongruous category choice was sports-related (in that case, boxing)
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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 legitimately former major league players, both had retired by the time this movie was released. Jackson retired as an Oakland A (his original team) in 1987 and Johnstone had retired as a Los Angeles Dodger in 1985.
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The character Ted Olsen is based on Q from the James Bond movies. Like Q, Ted makes inventions which he provides Drebin with a cufflink dart.
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The conversation between Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban ) and Pahpshmir (Raye Birk ) 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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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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Bo Derek was the first choice for the role of Jane Spencer.
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While it was made to appear like the home field of the California Angels, the baseball stadium was actually Dodger Stadium. The Angels have not called the stadium home since 1965.
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The scene in which Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen ) descends from the plane and talks to Ed Hocken (George Kennedy ) (before 'Weird Al' Yankovic's appearance) is a nod to Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game (1939). The dialogue is not exactly the same, but the set-up 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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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This is the only "Naked Gun" film in which the incumbent US president is not impersonated.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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The device that induced characters to accept commands to kill someone is similar to what the parasitic life forms in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) did. Ricardo Montalban played the villain in both films. However, the hypnosis plot was a spoof of a scene from "Telefon (1977)."
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Priscilla Presley (Jane Spencer) and George Kennedy (Ed Hocken) both starred in Dallas (1978), though not at the same time: Presley played Jenna Wade from 1983 to 1988 while Kennedy played Carter McKay from 1988 to 1991. Presley left the series in order to star in this film.
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All of the scenes, in the baseball stadium, which is at the end of the movie, were the first scenes filmed. They had to do this because the Dodgers season was getting ready to start and the stadium would not be available once the season started.
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In the German synchronization of the movie a dialogue is added, in which a policeman asks a black man for his name, who answers "Whity Whiteman".
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The kitchen background (as Frank asks if Jane would still like something to eat), has a food item pulsating. 'Weird Al' Yankovic, who has a cameo, used a similar gag for his "Livin in the Fridge" video, five years later.
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Jay Johnstone is shown batting right-handed as the lead-off hitter in the game, although in his real-life career he was a left-handed hitter.
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Leslie Nielsen and George Kennedy were involved in disaster movies about airplanes (Kennedy as a pilot in The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979) and Nielsen as Dr. Rumack in Airplane! (1980), a parody of the Airport film franchise).
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The copper-colored Dodge Diplomat that Frank and Ed drive from the airport was also seen in The Presidio (1988), released the same year.
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When Frank Drebin attends the baseball game, he goes to the toilet and meets a fat man and slaps him, a reference to a Monty Python sketch in The Meaning of Life (1983), where an obese man eats so much he explodes. The obese male is wearing the exact same clothing and hairstyle as in the Monty Python sketch.
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Frank drives a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria.
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When Frank is singing the national anthem at the baseball game, the USMC color bearer is very obviously a mannequin dressed in uniform.
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Frank accidentally kills what appears to be a lion fish in Vincent's (Ricardo Montalban's) office. Leslie Nielsen appears in Creepshow (1982), where his character has an aquarium. A lion fish is seen in the aquarium.
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Unlike the TV show, the movie doesn't end with the characters faking a freeze frame during the end credits.
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The henchman in the Dugout Dogs shoot-out says (during the gunfire), "Take this, you lousy jerk cop!"
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Frank's revolver is a Colt Detective Special.
The exterior of Vincent Ludwig's office building was also shown in Maroon 5's "Sugar" video.
At the beginning of the movie it's revealed Drebin had been in a relationship with a woman called Victoria and that she dumped him for another man whom she married. But, in the scene which Drebin has late night dinner with Jane, Drebin mentions that Victoria died in a tragic blimp accident on New Year's Day.
The henchman that falls into the vat at Dugout Dogs Meat Plant can be seen wearing a ring when his hand sticks out of the water. Later at the baseball game Vincent is served a hot dog with the same finger with the henchmen's ring on it.
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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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The movie has a very similar plot to another comedy that was released 15 years later - Johnny English (2003). In that movie Rowan Atkinson's character, Johnny English, a clumsy and incompetent British spy investigates the theft of Queen Elizabeth's Crown Jewel which the investigation leads him to become suspicious of French businessman Pascal Sauvage John Malkovich and soon discovers that Pascal Sauvage plots to depose Queen Elizabeth and take the throne of England for himself.
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Robert K. Weiss: The film's producer is the hot dog vendor in the montage sequence.
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This is one of three 1988 comedies that features a scene in which a villain is run over by a steamroller. The others are A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
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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 hear is the Rice University Marching Owl Band (the MOB). They are thanked in the credits.
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Body Count: 10 (2 are implied).
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