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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.

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David Zucker

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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 Jane Ross Margery Jane Ross ... Barbara Bush (as Margery Ross)
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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The sequel so big, they had to add a half See more »

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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

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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

David Zucker: When the police have the house surrounded and start shooting, the Colonial-era guy shooting the flintlock is co-writer and director David Zucker. See more »

Goofs

When Frank, Jane, and Dr. Meinheimer are in the research area, all wearing hard hats, Frank leans over a railing and his hard hat falls into some machinery. The machine starts to malfunction, and seconds later, a sharp-toothed gear flies out of the machine and jams itself into the ceiling, just inches from Frank's face. Slowing the film to frame-by-frame, it's clear that the gear springs down from inside the ceiling, not up from below. See more »

Quotes

[Lt. Frank Drebin and Jane Spencer are standing next to a nuclear bomb which is about to explode]
Jane Spencer: Frank, if you're going to be blown to bits, I want to be here with you.
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Crazy Credits

K.A.B.O.O.M. Acronym......Daniel V. Puglisi See more »

Alternate Versions

On the TV version, many scenes are added:
  • There is a continuation of the scene in which Frank accidentally bumps into the cement truck and the truck starts dumping it's contents in another car.
  • After Frank tells Ed "No not right now, we've got work to do", we see a new scene of Frank, Ed, and Nordberg walking out of the station and passing the Mayor looking sadly at her now hardened cement covered car along with a construction worker trying to break it off with a jackhammer.
  • Right after Frank says "Just keep him (Hector Savage) busy" and shuts the lid of the tank he's driving, he starts looking at the controls trying to decide which ones to use and which ones not to use. Then he spots an actual key which he starts turning and the tank starts idling.
  • When Frank goes to Jane's apartment with the flowers(which are now stems), they change the scene completely at this point. Frank starts walking around her place and commenting on how nice it is. He soon enters a room with a window open and a lot of wind starts coming in. It is established that Jane lives near a railway station. At one point a mailbag flies in the room into Frank's arms. Right after that, Jane then says "I'm making a Protein Shake".
  • When Frank, Jane and Dr. Meinheimer are in the building that blew up at the beginning, and they walk through the research area where he drops his hat, the scene ends in the movie version with Jane walking away with the Quentin Hapsburg, and Frank standing there. In the TV version, green ooze explodes from the machine, Jane asks where Frank's hat is, and then Frank runs out while the green ooze pours out the door. As he runs out he notices a sign telling how long the research area went without problems.
  • In the bar scene, Ed and Frank discuss the various girls Frank went out with while trying to forget about Jane.
  • When Frank falls through the glass and is captured by the pollution group, Quentin goes through a detailed explanation of how he'll be torturing Frank before killing him.
  • At the scene at the dinner at the end, when Nordberg plays the guitar and the old lady tosses him the keys, there is a scene with him walking off and tossing the keys to President Bush.
  • At the beginning at the presidential dinner before the lobster scene, there are 2 scenes added. One involves Frank yanking a Cuban cigar out of the Cuban ambassador's mouth and yelling at him about supporting Cubans, and another involves him mistaking Winnie Mandela for being in the groups Martha & The Vandellas and The Chiffons.
  • There are added scenes in the sex scene between Frank and Jane (like a gas pump put into a car's gas entrance).
  • Before Frank goes to the mansion for dinner, there is an added scene before he arrives and greets the mayor (how many animals escaped...?). Quentin hands a huge check to a thug played by producer Robert K. Weiss, and then cashes it for him right there.
  • When Hector Savage says "I want a car out front! Something fun! A Porsche!". Instead of immediately saying "I want a ticket to Jamaica", Ed speaks up on the megaphone and says "Can't do that Savage!" and throws out different types of cars they could give him.
  • When Frank gets the tank moving he drives directly up to Savage's front door. Instead of immediately knocking the door down, a mechanical hand pops out of the ram and simply pushes the doorbell!
  • When Frank gets beat up by the football players, there is a new scene of Ed and Nordberg in their regular outfits along with Dr. Meinheimer, coming to his aid saying "Hey! We're police officers! Hold it!". Frank is still dazed. Ed says "Hang on, I'll get you some water!" Meanwhile Meinheimer's just staring at Frank to see if he's OK. Frank starts to see a blurry image of Meinheimer and thinks it's Earl Hacker(the fake Dr.) and starts beating up on him again. The football guys come back, see this, and start beating up Frank again(also if you listen closely they've incorporated the previous sound footage "Hey! Let's get him! Beat up an old guy will ya!" for the new scene). Ed comes back with a glass of water which he hands to Frank. He tells him to look out for Quentin and heads for the stage with Dr. Meinheimer. Frank then takes the glass to his lips and winds up fainting in the process. Thus explains how the next time we see Frank, he's holding an empty cup with money. He spilled the water when he fainted.
  • Frank steals Quentin's gun away while in the "bomb room" but is then tricked by Quentin to "LOOK!", who then retrieves it.
  • Frank and Jane trying to disarm the bomb has more dialogue. Jane, instead of flipping in the manual right to "How to disarm bomb" she starts out with introductions "So You've decided to buy a bomb...." and other captions with Frank telling her they don't have much time to do this.
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Featured in Paramount Pictures Promotional Sampler Laserdisc (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

EBB TIDE
by Robert Maxwell & Carl Sigman
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
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Great "Gun"s!
4 May 2002 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Leave it to the ZAZ boys (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker) to bring back the stupidity, insanity and downright madness of Leslie Nielsen and company while also deflating cop films, government conspiracies the movie "Ghost" and the grace of ballroom dancing.

In "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear", Det. Frank Drebin (Nielsen) and his fellow cop cronies (Kennedy, Simpson) discover the lovely Jane (Presley) while protecting energy expert Professor Mainheimer (Griffiths) from evil guy Quentin Hapsburg (Goulet!) and his nefarious plans....

But you don't care about the plot, do you? No, and well you shouldn't; the gags are the thing in these films and they not only come fast and furious but wild and wooly, down and dirty and good and dumb.

Just the way I like them.

You'll lose count of the sight gags, double over at the double-entendres and guffaw at the puns and wonder, thought it all, why it is that all sequels can't be as good as this. Especially sequels that contain Barabara Bush abuse.

Another good case, Drebin!

Ten stars and a gold copy of "Unchained Melody" for "The Naked Gun 2 1/2", where "Fear" never "Smell"ed so funny.


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