In the "Making of" DVD featurette, it was revealed that real biker gangs were hired in order to get the look of real prisoners for the prison fight scene. It was unknown at the time, but there were four rival gangs in the scene. However, no incidents occurred.
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On the day of shooting the 1970s flashback shoot-out, George Kennedy had come down with pneumonia. He was so ill that he couldn't even walk. To make sure the scene was shot, director Peter Segal had Kennedy sit on a bar stool for his entire part in the scene. Notice when Frank meets Ed, Ed never gets up from his stool. When Ed is supposed to leave, leaving Frank alone with Tanya, Kennedy simply just leaned back out of the shot to create the illusion of his character getting up and leaving.
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This was O.J. Simpson's final movie role. He won a Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actor for this movie, presumably because of his murder trial, which started the following year.
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The flashback scene from Frank and Jane's wedding was the real ending for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991). They didn't use it on that movie, but inserted the scene on this one. At the same time, the scene featuring Frank, Jane, and Frank, Jr. getting to their house was the original ending for this movie, but since the makers thought that the boy that played Frank, Jr. didn't look funny enough, they decided to go with the hospital ending, and used this scene in the middle of the movie.
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The "rare" Canary Island Pine is actually one of the most common trees in the world.
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After the credit for the weapons handler, there's a credit for the "concealed weapons handler", Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz was the man who assassinated U.S. President William McKinley in 1901 by shooting him with a pistol he had concealed in an arm bandage.
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The cover of the issue of Playboy Magazine that Papshmir (Raye Birk) was reading in his Learjet featured Anna Nicole Smith (Tanya Peters).
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The name for this movie comes from long-playing (LP) vinyl records. LPs play at a speed of 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. The original title of the movie was "Naked Gun 33 1/3: Just For the Record", but the subtitle was changed to "The Final Insult" due to fear that not all audiences would get the joke. Additionally, there was a claim that it was also chosen because, its a play on, when said with certain real Irish/stage "Oirish" accents, its "Naked Gun Turty Tree and a Turd".
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With "Weird Al" Yankovic's and Jeff Wright's appearances in this movie, they are the only actors, outside of the main characters, to appear in all three movies of the franchise.
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In the early 2000s, David Zucker and Pat Proft wrote a script for a fourth The Naked Gun movie, with the working title "The Naked Gun 444.4", which would have given Drebin a younger, female sidekick. However, Zucker and Proft instead ended up working on Scary Movie 3 (2003), Scary Movie 4 (2006), and Scary Movie 5 (2013).
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The Naked Gun film franchise had been planned as a trilogy, and this movie had been intended to be the final installment of the trilogy, allowing Leslie Nielsen to retire from the role, with this movie ending with Frank giving up Police Squad for good, Jane giving birth to their baby, and living happily ever after.
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The first scene of the movie, a spoof of The Untouchables (1987), was meant to be used in the first movie, but due to budget problems, the makers couldn't go on with the idea. They thought of using the joke on this last one, because they figured enough people had watched The Untouchables (1987), so that they could understand what was going on.
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After Rocco Dillon (Fred Ward) tells Tanya Peters (Anna Nicole Smith) to distract the official, the announcer says "Accepting the award for Mr. Bronkowitz..." Samuel L. Bronkowitz was a fictitious producer in The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), which was the first film written by the creators of "The Naked Gun" film franchise.
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When Jane exclaims that Frank really likes her, this is making fun of the identical statement made by Sally Field in her acceptance speech for her second Academy Award in 1985.
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The weird hair and creepy heh-heh laughing after the bomb test was a nod to the Beavis and Butt-Head (1993) cartoons.
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Earl Boen once again plays a psychologist. He also played one in The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
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When Florence Henderson was being nominated for her Academy Award, she appeared in the middle square and looked to the right and left at the actresses beside her like she did in The Brady Bunch (1969).
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Raye Birk returned as Papshmir from the first movie. Papshmir is the member of the terrorist organization in Beirut who Frank attacked and beat up in the prologue of the first movie, and who hired Vincent Ludwig to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
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Frank's stalling speech about sending good thoughts to the leader of China is a parody of a similar speech Richard Gere gave at the 65th Academy Awards, where he asked China to give Tibet freedom.
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Frank and Rocco's prison escape tunnel leads them to Shorewood High School. This is the name of the high school that Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker attended in the Milwaukee area.
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The car Frank and Jane drive when they leave the church was the electric car seen in The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991).
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When Drebin is sitting on the floor of his cell bouncing the baseball off the floor and wall, this is a direct nod to "cooler king" Steve McQueen does every time he is thrown into the cooler in The Great Escape (1963). That movie was also referenced in the way that Drebin gets rid of the dirt from the tunnelling.
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When the band at the night club start playing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall", Jane tells Louise it's her and Frank's song. In The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991), their song is "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead".
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Director Peter Segal, in addition to playing the producer of Sawdust and Mildew, also made several other appearances in this movie (mostly in voice-over): -The voice of the suicide bomber in the Battleship Potemkin (1925) and The Untouchables (1987) parody at the start of the movie. -The voice of the KSAD deejay. -The scream of the inmate escaping prison by pole-vaulting. -The real Phil Donahue, before Frank knocks him out and takes his place. -The voice of the man shouting "Stop the stairs, Joey!" at the Academy Awards.
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James R. Scribner, who played a make-up artist in this movie, was the make-up artist on the first two Naked Gun movies.
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Ann B. Davis appeared briefly in Frank's fantasy sequence, parodying her character Alice from The Brady Bunch (1969). Kathleen Freeman, who played Muriel, was at one time in the running for the role of Alice.
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Leslie Nielsen played Lieutenant Frank Drebin for the last time, a role which he played for twelve years.
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When the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the Academy Awards show, the projected photos are of Steve Reeves.
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In the flashback Nordberg sports and enormous afro. Drebing later notes that Nordberg was a test case for minoxidil. This was a topical hair growth medication that was introduced in the 1970s.
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The cabin at 214093 Honeymoon Bay Road was the same house used in The Great Outdoors (1988) starring John Candy and Dan Akyroyd.
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This was the first Paramount Pictures movie released after the conclusion of the studio's sale to Viacom, which closed one week earlier. The first of the studio's movies to recognize the new owner in the logo's byline did not come out until 1995, however.
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At the Academy Awards, two celebrities that show up together are "Weird Al" Yankovic and Vanna White. Yankovic wrote a song titled "Stuck in a Closet With Vanna White", which appeared on his "Even Worse" album. Earlier in 1994, Yankovic was also a celebrity contestant on Wheel of Fortune (1983).
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Morgan Fairchild and Priscilla Presley played Jenna Wade on Dallas (1978): Fairchild in Dallas: Old Acquaintance (1978) and Presley in its seventh through eleventh seasons. Presley left the series to star in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988).
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This is the only film in the franchise to not have "The" in the title. It is simply titled "Naked Gun" instead of "The Naked Gun".
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Fred Ward (Rocco) played John Anglin in Escape From Alcatraz (1979), where he also broke out of prison.
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After Jane (Priscilla Presley) leaves Frank (Leslie Nielsen), the next scene is her friend Louise loading a convertible for her and Jane to get away. This was a spoof of Thelma & Louise (1991).
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On late 1993 promotional tapes released by Paramount Pictures as a promotional item at McDonald's, a teaser trailer showing showing only footage from the two prior movies promoted the title as "The Naked Gun III".
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The pinball machine seen in the opening is Williams' "High Speed" (1996).
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Fred Ward and Randall "Tex" Cobb appeared in Uncommon Valor (1983), starring Gene Hackman, who worked with Leslie Nielsen in The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
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Randall "Tex" Cobb played an inmate in this movie and in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990).
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When Drebin is at the fertility clinic he asks the nurse if she has a copy of Spartacus (1960). This film, which has a great deal of content featuring oiled, muscular, bare-chested gladiators, was once very popular among some men.
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Andrea Rosen's debut.
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The credits include an entry with the name Bull for the position title Chief Sitting.
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The final scene of the film has O.J. Simpson's character being chased for shadowing what was all over the news less than three months after the release of this film.
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Body Count: twenty-two (two in flashbacks, one at a funeral, and a pigeon).
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