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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
     

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

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Director: Gene Quintano, Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz

Cast: Gene Quintano, Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz

 

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The Lethal Weapon series and the rest of the buddy-cop genre receives the parody treatment in this low-brow comedy. Emilio Estevez stars as Jack Colt, the Mel Gibson-like loose cannon, while Samuel L. Jackson assumes the Danny Glover role as Wes Luger, his exasperated partner. Together, Colt and Luger investigate the murder of Luger's former partner (Whoopi

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The Lethal Weapon series and the rest of the buddy-cop genre receives the parody treatment in this low-brow comedy. Emilio Estevez stars as Jack Colt, the Mel Gibson-like loose cannon, while Samuel L. Jackson assumes the Danny Glover role as Wes Luger, his exasperated partner. Together, Colt and Luger investigate the murder of Luger's former partner (Whoopi Goldberg) and discover a criminal conspiracy led by the nefarious General Mortars (William Shatner). Hoping to mimic the success of the Naked Gun films, director Gene Quintano (of Police Academy 4 fame) loaded the film with broad visual gags, deadpan slapstick, and gratuitous parodies of The Silence of the Lambs, Basic Instinct, and other movies. The attempt to mimic successful parodies proved ineffective, however, as critics and viewers alike found the parody stale and the juvenile humor dreary.

Editorial Reviews

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The object in the parody racket is to get to the ripe subject matter before somebody else does. Loaded Weapon 1 fails in that effort, but it's not a fatal flaw. From its titular joke involving sequel numerals, which was first done by the Naked Gun movies, to yet another Basic Instinct send-up, Loaded Weapon 1 is pretty much all been there, done that. Even the buddy cop genre overlaps with the detective genre skewered in The Naked Gun, with similar jokes involving yellow crime scene tape and the chalk outlines around dead bodies. That said, it keeps up enough of a rapid-fire pace to please those who consider any parody a worthwhile 90 minutes of willful cheekiness. It's also fun to watch how many stars believed in this project -- beyond the appealing leads, there are cameos ranging from Bruce Willis to Corey Feldman to F. Murray Abraham to Denis Leary. The good sportsmanship is occasionally rewarded with good jokes -- such as Whoopi Goldberg politely clarifying directions to the home of the man she's just snitched on, even after the villain has already shot her -- but not enough to rise to the level of the better Jim Abrahams-Jerry Zucker spoofs. If this is supposed to be a joke-a-minute film, there's a genuinely amusing one about every five. However, 20 percent is not considered a high success rate in most enterprises.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
UPC:
0794043135521
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
12,362

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilio Estevez Jack Colt
Samuel L. Jackson Wes Luger
Jon Lovitz Tim Beckard
Tim Curry Mr. Jigsaw
Kathy Ireland Destiny Demeanor
Frank McRae Capt. Doyle
William Shatner Gen. Curtis Mortars
Whoopi Goldberg Sgt. York
F. Murray Abraham Harold Leacher
Bill Nunn Police Photographer
Joyce Brothers Coroner
Lin Shaye Witness
Vito Scotti Tailor
Ken Ober Dooley
James Doohan Scotty
Richard Moll Prison Attendant
Charlie Sheen Valet
Denis Leary Mike McCracken
Corey Feldman Young Cop
Phil Hartman Comic Cop
J.T. Walsh Desk Clerk
Erik Estrada Himself
Larry Wilcox Himself
Paul Gleason FBI Agent
Rick Ducommun D.A
Charles Napier Interrogator
Robert Shaye Actor
Beverly Johnson Doris Luger
Bruce Willis Home Owner
Ferne Cassel Actor
Karman Kruschke Cindy
Richard Lewis Actor
Gokul Hindu
Lance Kinsey Irv
Suzie Hardy Cindy
Jake Johannsen Drug Dealer
Sherry Bilsing Cookie Receptionist
Allyce Beasley Spinach Destiny
Hank Cheyne Stormtrooper

Technical Credits
Gene Quintano Director,Screenwriter
Jacki Arthur Costumes/Costume Designer
William Carroll Production Designer
Ferne Cassel Casting
Michael De Luca Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Robert Folk Score Composer
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
Don Holley Original Story,Screenwriter
Howard Klein Executive Producer
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Michel Roy Executive Producer
Erwin Stoff Executive Producer
Tori Tellem Original Story
Suzanne Todd Producer
David Willis Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
1. Main Title [1:24]
2. Halim's Mini Mart; Just a Cop Doin' His Job [4:05]
3. Getting Dangerous for Billie [4:29]
4. Suicide? [4:36]
5. The Station; Luger's New Partner [3:09]
6. Consulting Dr. Leacher [4:17]
7. Valet Parking; Discussing Ex-Partners [2:39]
8. The Ring Leader [2:56]
9. Looking of the Billie York Informant [6:58]
10. Investigating the McCracken Compound [3:55]
11. Doing Business with Mortars [1:08]
12. Wilderness Girls Headquarters [3:47]
13. Interrogating Miss Demeanor [2:22]
14. Colt's Worst Nightmare [4:28]
15. A Warm Family Environment [1:41]
16. A Surprise Visitor [5:15]
17. The Wrong Address [2:53]
18. It's Always the Green One [1:47]
19. A Partner to Warn; a Safe Secret [2:27]
20. Off the Case [2:39]
21. Infiltrating the Cookie Factory [2:24]
22. The General's Cookie Crumbles [5:55]
23. Forgetting Something; End Credits [7:07]

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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pure stupid comedy throughout the entire film, never seen something so pointlessly hilarious ever. Too funny to miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All movies involved with crime, action, and suspense, go to the extreme. Emilo Estevez and Samuel Jackson make the unheard of, to a gag reel. From Lethal Weapon to Silence of the Lambs. Awesome comedy.