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The Naked Gun Details


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


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


David Zucker
Robert Weiss
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Pat Proft
Robert M. Stevens
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Jablow
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
Fern Champion
Pamela Basker
Jim Scribner