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The Naked Gun Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 2, 1988

Cast

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

Crew

David Zucker
Director
Robert Weiss
Producer
David Zucker
Screenwriter
Jerry Zucker
Screenwriter
Jim Abrahams
Screenwriter
Pat Proft
Screenwriter
Robert M. Stevens
Cinematographer
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Jablow
Editor
Don Woodruff
Art Director
Kevin Marcy
Associate Producer
John D. Schofield
Associate Producer
Jim Abrahams
Executive Producer
David Zucker
Executive Producer
Jerry Zucker
Executive Producer
Mary Vogt
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas D. Causey
Sound/Sound Designer
Chuck Fick
Consultant/advisor
Fern Champion
Casting
Pamela Basker
Casting
Jim Scribner
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