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

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

Director:

David Zucker

Writers:

Jim Abrahams (television series Police Squad), David Zucker (television series "Police Squad") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Nielsen ... Lt. Frank Drebin
Priscilla Presley ... Jane Spencer
George Kennedy ... Ed Hocken
O.J. Simpson ... Nordberg
Robert Goulet ... Quentin Hapsburg
Richard Griffiths ... Dr. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... Commissioner Brumford
Anthony James ... Hector Savage
Lloyd Bochner ... Baggett
Tim O'Connor ... Fenzwick
Peter Mark Richman ... Dunwell
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Ted Olsen
John Roarke John Roarke ... George Bush
Margery Ross Margery Ross ... Barbara Bush
Peter Van Norden ... John Sununu
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Storyline

Lieutenant 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 favorable report. Jane, the doctor's secretary, is Drebin's old flame. Their passionate love affair is thus rekindled. Written by Rob Hartill

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Frank Drebin is back. Just accept it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,800,000, 30 June 1991

Gross USA:

$86,930,411
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ship "Hapsburg Valdez," and the television commercial making fun of the hiring process of tanker captains (breathalyzers, urine tests, et cetera), are references to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which took place on March 24, 1989. The spill resulted in eleven million gallons of crude oil being dumped into the sea. Exxon Valdez was the original name, followed by Sea River Mediterranean, and eventually just Mediterranean of the tanker owned by the former Exxon Shipping Co., a division of the former Exxon Corporation. It gained widespread infamy when the tanker, bound for Long Beach, California, Captained by Joseph Hazelwood, hit Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled an estimated eleven million U.S. gallons (forty-one million liters) of crude oil. This has been recorded as one of the largest spills in U.S. history, and one of the largest ecological disasters. See more »

Goofs

During the shootout on the roof, the number of shots exchanged by Frank and the gunman far exceeds the capacity of either of their pistols. This is a gag in all Police Squad episodes and Naked Gun movies - an exaggerated capacity to the weapons used. See more »

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Lt. Frank Drebin: [Frank, Ed, and Nordberg are staking out Hapsburg's hideout.Frank is communicating with Ed Hocken by way of a walkie talkie] Ed, I'm gonna try the roof.
Lt. Frank Drebin: [after unsuccessfully attempting to scale the roof with a grappling hook] Ed, I'm gonna try it again.
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Entertaining sequel with some big laughs.
22 January 2009 | by Lucien LessardSee all my reviews

Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) is now working in Washington D.C. with his two partners (Oscar-Winner:George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson). Their job is see if everything goes smooth for Dr. Albert Meinheimer (Richard Griffiths) speech for the President of the United States (John Roarke). His speech could be highly controversial for the whole world, since it involves the country's energy program. Quentin Haspburg (Robert Goulet) kidnaps Dr. Albert Meinheimer before the speech by using a look-like, which he doesn't want the world industry of fossil and nuclear fuels instead of the environmental ones. But Frank is still heartbroken after he left his girlfriend Jane (Priscilla Presley), who's now working for Dr. Meinherimer.

Directed by David Zucker (Airplane!, BASEketball, Ruthless People) made an enjoyable sequel to the original. The cast seems to be having an great time and there's some original new gags as well. This sequel was just as big at the box office like the original did. Although the film critics had mixed opinions with this one.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an good digitally remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD includes the teaser trailer, original theatrical trailer and an humorous commentary track by the director, producer:Robert K. Weiss and Host:Peter Tilder. "The Naked Gun 2 1/2:The Smell of Fear" perphas lacks some of the great gags of the original. But if you enjoy spoof comedies, don't miss this one. TV Version adds some additional footage. Written by the director and Pat Proft (Bachelor Party, Hot Shots!, Police Academy). (****/*****).


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