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

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The opening credits sequence ends with Zsa Zsa Gabor slapping the police car. This spoofed a 1989 incident, in which Gabor was arrested for slapping a police officer, and driving with an expired license. See more »

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Quentin Hapsburg: Que sera sera... You do speak French, don't you?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Unfortunately no, but I do kiss that way.
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DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD
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Performed by James Gilstrap (uncredited)
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Still crackin'
7 September 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The first "Naked Gun" movie is one of the best spoofs of all time. I'm not a huge fan of the genre but even I think it's incredibly, side-splittingly outrageous - this last time I saw it I laughed so hard I cried.

The sequels of course were intended to cash in on the surprise success of the original (which was based on the ZAZ trio's failed TV show, "Police Squad," hence the subtitle on the film). For the most part, both sequels were entertaining and funny. Although it's nowhere near as good as the original, "Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" is a worthy continuation of the epic saga (just kidding about the epic bit) - all in all it's just good fun.

Leslie Nielsen returns as Lt. Frank Drebin, this time out to foil the plans of a mad industrialist (Robert Goulet). It seems a respected doctor has found a new method of preserving earth's natural resources and foregoing oils, gasoline, and other elements. Fearing financial bankruptcy, the companies kidnap the doctor and replace him with an identical "clone" of sorts, so the truth cannot come out.

However, the doctor's assistant is Frank's old flame (played by Priscilla Presley). Frank looks into the case while rekindling a relationship with the woman of his dreams.

David Zucker returned to direct this film with the help of brother Jerry and pal Jim Abrahams. If I recall correctly, the third film was not made by them, so it's interesting to see them tackling a sequel to a film of theirs - something they don't usually do (they also passed on "Airplane 2").

For the most part this film is quite funny and has some really good gags, but it's also littered with some mediocre ones, as many spoofs of these sorts are.

Nielsen is still hilarious as Drebin and all around him act simply to accommodate his talents. George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson also return to their roles.

If you enjoyed the first film, chances are you'll also enjoy this. Basically it's in the same vein of the first film and delivers a good range of slapstick gags, some of which will have you in a fit. But you won't be gasping for breath like you did when you saw the first "Naked Gun" movie.


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