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David Zucker--of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker creative troika behind Airplane! and television's Police Squad!--directed this 1988 feature film based on the latter show. Leslie Nielsen returns to his old TV role of Lt. Frank Drebin, the deadpan idiot with a detective's badge. The reinvention of the failed series as a theatrical feature seems to have inspired everyone involved to make a pretty funny movie, and the jokes gather a momentum that lasts until the final act. Ricardo Montalban is a perfect foil as a villain whose aquarium is being invaded by Drebin during routine questioning, and George Kennedy is delightful in a self-parodying part as an earnest but obtuse lawman. There's a hilarious bit when Drebin--wearing a live police wire while going to the bathroom--can be overheard over the loudspeakers at a speech given by a flustered mayor (Nancy Marchand). Yes, that's O.J. Simpson as a detective who ends up on the wrong side of numerous Drebin blunders. --Tom Keogh
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Starring Leslie Nielsen as the perpetually stone-faced, bemused detective Lt. Frank Drebin (which, on top of his similar character of Dr. Rumack in AIRPLANE!, has bought the previously dramatic-oriented Nielsen a second career as a top comedic actor) and co-starring George Kennedy as his partner, Captain Ed Hocken, Priscilla Presley in an equally-surprising comedic role as Drebin's love interest Jane Spencer, the now-ironic O.J. Simpson as the repeatedly-injured Det. Nordberg (gotta love that name on him), Ricardo Montalban as the villainous multi-millionaire Vincent Ludwig, Nancy Marchand as Mayor Barkley, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Reggie Jackson as himself, and Jeannette Charles as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, this movie throws everything at you plus the kitchen sink. Just as with AIPLANE!, it is impossible to get all the gags on the first viewing alone.Read more ›
Frank Drebin (Nielsen) is a bumbling cop who is assinged to look into a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth at the World Series after his fellow oficer and good friend Nordberg (O.J. Simpson - yes, that O.J. Simpson) is nearly killed. The prime suspect is a businessman named Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban). Drebin and his partner Ed Hocken (Georeg Kennedy) will stop at nothing to find out who's behind the crime. That is, if Frank can avoid the charms of the sexy Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley).
This is a great film for anyone who loves to laugh. And get the two sequels as well and pray they comeout with a fourth one soon.
Many spoof-comedies simply take specific scenes from popular movies and parody them. If you haven't seen the films being sent-up, you might not get much out of it. But your enjoyment of The Naked Gun won't be based on your knowledge of specific films. The "Police Squad" series was a poker-faced parody of cop shows, and the Naked Gun movie remains firmly in that genre.
The DVD does, in fact, present the movie in it's complete theatrical release. As some reviewers have pointed out, the network TV version includes several scenes not found on the dvd. These scenes are referenced during the commentary track and would've been nice to have on the dvd-- only as Deleted Scenes, not incorporated in the movie. The TV version is by no means a "director's cut", and the version of the film presented on this DVD is definitive.
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Very funny movie if you haven't seen it its clear your behind in comedy.Published on June 23 2004 by blah
I laughed until I dropped my secrets on the floor. Then I laughed again and had to jump to higher ground, because secrets grow high, like wild weeds. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Nicolas Rapier
Some comedies just do not hold up. Enter The Naked Gun. I have the TV Show on VHS and have watched it for so long and I had seen these NG movies sooo long ago, that I just assumed... Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by William Smith
"The Naked Gun" is a collection of jokes, every scene has something funny and most of the jokes still are enjoyable after 15 years. The main character, Lt. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Alejandro Cortes
Not since Tracy and Hepburn have I been so moved by a cinematic romance that tugs at the old ticker. Leslie Nielson as hardworking, nose-to-the-grindstone Lt. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by D. Mikels