Naked Gun

Naked Gun

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Director: David Zucker

Cast: David Zucker, Leslie Nielsen, George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley

     
 

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We know we're in a 1988 film when we're invited to laugh at O.J. Simpson in an opening slapstick sequence. We can also pinpoint the year of production when hard-nosed cop Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), during a scuffle with the world's leading dictators, wipes the wine-colored birthmark off the head of Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Those wacky ZAZ boys -- David… See more details below

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We know we're in a 1988 film when we're invited to laugh at O.J. Simpson in an opening slapstick sequence. We can also pinpoint the year of production when hard-nosed cop Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), during a scuffle with the world's leading dictators, wipes the wine-colored birthmark off the head of Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Those wacky ZAZ boys -- David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker -- serve up a feature-length spin-off of their cult favorite TV show Police Squad!. Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, dead-pan and dead-brained Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the Mister Big behind it all. Drebin suspects above-reproach shipping magnate Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban), but he can't prove a thing. Bumped from the force by the mayor (Nancy Marchand), Drebin, with the unexpected assistance of Ludwig's ex-girlfriend (Priscilla Presley), manages to nab the bad guy at a baseball game, where Reggie Jackson has been programmed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. MGM mogul Irving Thalberg once reportedly told the Marx Brothers, "You can't build jokes on top of jokes." The producers of Naked Gun prove otherwise; indeed, one could develop writer's cramp just listing the gags in the film's first 20 minutes. Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad was followed by two lesser but still hilarious sequels, Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
In 1982, the creators of Airplane!, Jim Abrahams and brothers Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, were asked to translate the success of their disaster movie spoof into a weekly television series. The result was the inspired Police Squad!, a dead-on parody of prime-time cop dramas starring a veteran of series TV, the stone-faced Leslie Nielsen. Perhaps their aim was too accurate: viewers didn't respond to the deadpan wit, and the series was cancelled after only six episodes. But the show remained dear to the filmmakers, and six years later they reached a larger audience with the broader, full-length feature The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. What the film version lacked in sardonic wit, it made up with a rapid-fire onslaught of jokes -- gross-out slapstick, bad puns, and pop culture references happily co-exist, often within the same shot. This brand of humor marked a shift away from the more satirical laughs of Airplane! and Police Squad!, and it would influence a slew of Saturday Night Live-derived features, as well as the no-holds-barred Farrelly brothers comedies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301010
Original Release:
1988
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
3,556

Special Features

Group commentary by David Zucker, Robert Weiss and Peter Tilden; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Nielsen Lt. Frank Drebin
George Kennedy Capt. Ed Hocken
Priscilla Presley Jane Spencer
Ricardo Montalban Vincent Ludwig
Orenthal James Simpson Nordberg
Nancy Marchand Mayor
Susan Beaubian Mrs. Nordberg
Raye Birk Pahpshmir
Jeannette Charles Elizabeth II
Ed Williams Ted Olsen
Tiny Ron Al
"Weird Al" Yankovic 'Weird Al'
Leslie Maier 'Weird Leslie'
Winifred Freedman Stephie
Joe Grifasi Foreman
Nicholas Worth Thug #1
Ronald G. Joseph Thug #27
Doris Hess Nurse #2
Charlotte Zucker Dominique
Tom Dugan Drug Dealer #2
Burton Zucker Photographer
David Katz Arafat
Charles Gherardi Khomeini
Prince Hughes Idi Amin
Ken Minyard Ken &
Robert Arthur Bob
Reggie Jackson Angel Right Fielder
Lawrence Tierney Angel Manager
Hank Robinson First Base Umpire
Brett Bartlett Seattle Centerfielder
Dennis Packer Baseball P.A. Announcer
Dick Vitale Baseball Announcer
Dick Enberg Baseball Announcer
Jim Palmer Baseball Announcer
Melvin Allen Baseball Announcer
Curt Gowdy Baseball Announcer
Tim McCarver Baseball Announcer
Joyce Brothers Baseball Announcer
Don Woodard "There he is!"
Christopher Keene "Please disperse. Please disperse."
Susan Breslau "Hey, look out!"
Fredric Arnold "Hey! What's the meaning of this?"
Edwina Moore "Mr. Pallazzo, our head usher will be.."
Jeff Wright "Mr. Pallazzo? Would you come with me?"
Jim Smith "Sorry, fellas"
Mark Holton "It's Enrico Pallazzo!"
John Houseman Driving Instructor
Brinke Stevens Girl in showers (uncredited)
Rick Seaman 'Ya dumb broad!'
Sydney Urshan Baseball Fan with O.J.
Chuck Fick Angels Catcher

Technical Credits
David Zucker Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Pamela Basker Casting
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Fern Champion Casting
Chuck Fick Consultant/advisor
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Michael Jablow Editor
Jim Abrahams Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
John T. Kretchmer Asst. Director
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Kevin Marcy Associate Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Pat Proft Screenwriter
John D. Schofield Associate Producer
Jim Scribner Makeup
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Weiss Producer
Don Woodruff Art Director
Jerry Zucker Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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