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Plot: Incompetent police detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. Runtime: 85 mins Release Date: 02 Dec 1988
"The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" is the first movie based on the 1982 cult classic TV sitcom "Police Squad!" And this movie stands up next to "Airplane!" as one of the funniest movies ever made. That's no surprise, since the same team Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker that made "Airplane!" made "The Naked Gun". This movie is quite similar to "Airplane!" in the way it presents its jokes. Rapid fire, and you can't stop laughing. My kind of comedy. "The Naked Gun" has some of the biggest laughs in a movie that <more>
I've ever seen. Leslie Nielsen is perfect in his return to the role of inept cop Lt. Frank Drebin. Priscilla Presley is very funny in her film debut. George Kennedy, Ricardo Montalban, and even Nancy Marchand a decade before "The Sopranos" get big laughs amongst the craziness. And love that opening title sequence. Very original. And unlike the "Police Academy" series, "The Naked Gun" sequels lived up to the original 1988 film. The first one is still the best, but "Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "Naked Gun 33 1/3" were very funny too. That's why "The Naked Gun" series is the funniest movie series ever made. I wish Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker would dream up an idea for a fourth "Naked Gun" picture. If they do, I'll see it in a flash.**** out of four
The Zucker's best. Nielson's best as well (by Quinoa1984)
ZAZ's David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker The Naked Gun is one of the funniest if not funniest film ever with more parodies and gags than one could ever imagine. And the writing is if not good, great that never lets up even through the finale baseball game with Reggie Jackson . But what really gets this film up there is it's main characters. Leslie Nielson has never been better and probably won;t ever be this good ever again. He brings an insane type of humor from a cop that hasn't been seen since Clouseau. The supporting characters are good also, including Priscilla <more>
Pressley, George Kennedy, Ricardo Montebaum, Nancy Marchand and odd to see him in a movie today OJ Simpson. There zany characters and added with a great script make this a treasure in cinema comedy. One of the best films of the 80's. A++
The movie itself is funny. "The Naked Gun" is without a doubt the best skewering of all cop movie cliches available in this day and age. It works on every conceivable level and a few that haven't been conceived yet.But what puts it over the top is Leslie Nielsen.It's amazing: he was great in "Airplane!", another classic from the ZAZ team Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker , and in the lamentably short TV series "Police Squad!". But here, he spreads his wings and flies to new heights of insanity and delerium. With jaw set square and tongue firmly in cheek, Neilsen <more>
makes the role of Lt. Frank Drebin all his own and the movie-going public's collective life is all the more enriched because of it.He's aided and abetted by greats like Kennedy, Presley and Montalban who knew? and the movie even finds good moments for John Houseman and Reggie Jackson. As I said, the movie takes off and finds great things to do with police cars with a mind all their own and goes on from there to take on such cliches as car chases, illegal searches, the cleaning out of the desk, the trip to the police lab, shoot-outs, the lax housework of a single police detective, etc., etc., etc.....And what other cop movie in the history of the world has a music video in the middle, courtesy of Herman's Hermits?Just one.Ten stars and a Dugout Dog for "The Naked Gun", the film that answers once and for all - can Leslie Nielsen do comedy?I think you know the answer.
The real question that "The Naked Gun" poses is not why it's one of the funniest spoofs ever made, but why virtually no subsequent movie in this genre has been any good at all. I used to adore this sort of movie when I was a kid--"Airplane," "Top Secret," and the six-episode "Police Squad" show, which became the basis for the "Naked Gun" series, were among the funniest films I knew. When I first saw "The Naked Gun" in the theater when I was eleven, I was in uncontrollable laughter for the first few minutes. That was my standard <more>
of great humor at the time.But the following decades gave us a variety of similar spoof films, some of which involved one or more of the Zucker-Abrams-Nielsen team, and none of these films were even remotely in the league of their predecessors. These included "Hot Shots," "Loaded Weapon 1," "Jane Austen's Mafia," "Spy Hard," "Wrongfully Accused," and "Scary Movie." These films would typically feature some funny stuff, but you'd walk away indifferently, wondering what the overall point was. Seeing a ponytailed Leslie Nielsen imitating John Travolta's dance sequence in "Pulp Fiction" is funny for a second, but there's nothing enduring about such humor. An entire movie filled with such scenes doesn't amount to much. What's the big deal about such jokes, anyway? There's nothing intrinsically funny about making references to other films, even if you do it in a silly way. At what point did the genre go wrong and become such a dreary, uninspired affair? Is it that I've just outgrown this sort of humor?I have another theory. When I first watched "The Naked Gun" at age eleven, I had not seen many of the movies it was spoofing, such as the early James Bond pictures. I was vaguely familiar with some of the clichés it was making fun of, but many of the political and sexual jokes went right over my head. And the celebrity cameos meant nothing to me. So what was it about the film that appealed to me so much, that made me laugh till my sides hurt?The answer is simple: it was the film's utter silliness. Think of the scene at the beginning when we discover that Ayatollah Khomeini secretly sports a mohawk underneath his turban. Or the opening credits where the police car goes on the sidewalk, inside buildings, on a roller coaster, and so on. None of this makes any sense, of course; it's just an exercise in pure absurdity. I loved "The Naked Gun" for pretty much the same reason I loved the Three Stooges or Bugs Bunny cartoons. Even as an adult, I appreciate unsubtle cartoon humor when it is handled effectively. As long as it makes me laugh, who cares that it's not "sophisticated"? For example, the scene where Lt. Drebin breaks into a building and tries to be as quiet as possible, but then inadvertently sets off a player piano, is masterfully filmed.Thus, "The Naked Gun" is farce as much as it is satire. As I grew older, I would gain a greater appreciation for the one-liners, like "You take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street or sticking your face in a fan." To be sure, many of these jokes are dumb. They're supposed to be. That's the whole point. What I understood even at age eleven was that the movie was essentially playing games with the audience. When Lt. Drebin looks in a drawer and says "bingo," I knew immediately that the drawer would reveal a bingo board. I was used to this sort of humor, because I'd seen it in the earlier Zucker-Abrams films, where the jokes had a definite logic to them, and trying to predict them in advance was part of the fun. They have far more to do with audience anticipation than with trying to make us laugh at bad puns.The modern spoof films have forgotten all this. They've forgotten that making a good spoof requires a measure of invention, even if much of the plot is ripped off from elsewhere. Car chases may not be original, but "The Naked Gun" is, as far as I know, the first film in which the chase is conducted by a student driver. This type of cleverness is largely absent from the modern spoofs, which assume that they have no reason to be creative when their ideas are based broadly on other films. They've forgotten that the most effective way to make fun of a cliché is by coming up with an ingenious twist. Even the characters in films like these matter, and Lt. Drebin is crafted in the grand tradition of other inept lawmen like Inspector Clousseau. This is what gives the film its own personal stamp that makes it more than an exercise in movie references.
One of the Best Spoofs of all time ****1/2 out of ***** (by Welshfilmfan)
For those who don't know, The Naked Gun: From the files of Police Squad was a spin off to the very Short Lived series 'Police Squad' which was canned after the 1st episode although 6 were made.LT.Frank Drebin was a tailor made role for Leslie Nielsen, His deadpan delivery has me in stitches every time I watch This movie, Previously Nielsen was a B Movie Actor who appeared in Straight roles, that all changed in Airplane! 1980 as Doctor 'Don't call me Surely' Rumack and has appeared in Spoofs of varying quality ever since, but this along with it's two sequels are <more>
his best.LT Drebin and his cop buddies Capt.Ed Hocken George Kennedy & Det.Norberg O.J Simpson try to foil an assassination of Queen Elizabeth lookalike Jeannette Charles - Who has played her in various productions by respected Businessman Vincent Ludwig The now late Ricardo Montalban who died a couple of days ago along for the fun ride is also Jane Spencer Pricilla Presley - While despite not being the best actress in the world is actually surprisingly good who appears as Ludwig's secretary and later Drebin's Love Interest.The gags are almost non-stop and are incredibly funny even after watching this film as many times as I have, The Zucker Brothers along with Abrahams and Proft are on top form here...It's sooooo Much better than the hit and miss Scary Movie's 3 & 4, Wrongfully accused or Mr Magoo.Leave your brain at the door and enjoy****1/2 out of *****The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear **** / ***** The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult ***1/2 / *****
I first watched 'The Naked Gun' on VHS when it was released at the tail end of the eighties. I was much younger then and appreciated - how would you call it - more 'juvenile' humour. Now, some thirty years later, I was almost scared to watch it again in case it didn't live up to how I remember. All I can say is that it's either as funny as it ever was, or my humour never actually grew up. I think it's probably both, seeing as I also like the 'Jackass' movies.You may never have heard of, or never bothered with, the TV show 'Police Squad.' It <more>
wasn't on telly for very long and I believe it got cancelled after only one series. However, that didn't stop the producers from effectively reusing the story and even some of the jokes for their feature length film, 'The Naked Gun.' It follows the exploits of Detective Frank Drebin played to perfection by a totally deadpan Leslie Nielsen as he is tasked with foiling an assassination attempt on Queen Elizabeth when she visits his home city of Los Angeles, proving his partner Nordberg creepily played by O.J. Simpson, before he, er, fell from grace - so to speak and generally falling in love with the new lady in his life, Jane Priscilla Presley .Now, all that sounds quite a lot to fit into what is actually quite a standard length film roughly ninety minutes and yet every moment flies by simply because it never wastes any time by NOT putting jokes in. In short... the gags comes thick and fast. In fact, sometimes you've only just finished laughing at one joke when another comes along. They're that closely packed in.I guess the only person who wouldn't get some amusement out of this would be someone who really despises slapstick and slightly low-brow humour. Many of the jokes are visual and revolve around the 'bumbling' antics of the leading man as he tries to unravel the conspiracy surrounding Ricardo Montalban's evil plot. And, if you've only really seen Montalban as 'Khan' from 'Star Trek II' and think he can only play things seriously, it's a treat to see him do something a little lighter than trying to hound Kirk to the ends of the galaxy.There are few films that stand the test of time and, in a world of comedies where many of the laughs revolve around 'pop culture' references, i.e. making the subject matter only funny if you 'get' the reference and it stays relevant forever, it's nice to see a film that will always be daftly funny, no matter how many years pass by.
Great blend of slapstick and one-liners (by SmileysWorld)
I suppose when it comes down to it,I am very easily entertained when it comes to comedy.It just doesn't take much to make me laugh.The makers of The Naked Gun did their job well.The film is so overloaded with sight gags,that if you blink,you just might miss one,or maybe even two of them.The slightest distractions will make you miss something.Some of the humor is vulgar and downright tasteless,but nonetheless funny.The final sequences involving the baseball game were the best.With the possible exception of O.J.Simpson,who was never good when he tried to act,this was a grand all around <more>
comedic effort,and comedy,as many have said,is hard to produce.I actually can recall the short lived television series that this film is based on.Only six episodes were produced,and it was a shame more were not made.I was glad to see it come roaring back on the big screen.Perhaps it belonged there all along.
From the goofs that created Airplane! and Rat Race David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker , here comes The Naked Gun, based on their short-lived TV series Police Squad! .Leslie Nielsen is dunderheaded Lieutenant Frank Drebin, who is part of L.A.'s Police Squad. He's been their for awhile, but isn't the sanest person in the sanitarium. When the Police Squad is called on to protect the Queen of England on her visit to America, Frank is the main man. Along the way, he meets someone who may be in a plot to assassinate her.This may look like a plotless comedy, and it somewhat is. <more>
Just like Airplane!, it manages to have lots of sketches while still in the plot unlike Austin Powers, for instance . Like the scene in Ludwig's office when Frank, let's say, changes it's decor. Nielsen is like his other films-the type of character who doesn't think he's funny but he is. Some jokes are tasteless like the statues , but some are full of taste. Well, now that I think about it, there weren't many tastefull jokes, but The Naked Gun still made me laugh.There weren't as many funny parts as Airplane! which was one huge laugh , but some scenes were side-splitting. The ending momentum slowed down some at the baseball game finale, and his checking the players got old after awhile. It was just in to stretch the running time to 85 minutes which was a perfect length, by the way . Besides what I did, there's not much more to say about it except it's really funny and recommended.My rating: 8/10Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor.
"That's why I went to Beirut... to relax." (by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews)
Frank Drebin Nielsen is an old school cop. A hard-ass. He's also remarkably incompetent. He gets a tip that an important businessman played by Khan himself, so you know he's evil! is smuggling heroin, and when he meets with him to try to find out, he is introduced to Jane Presley , and they fall for each other so hard that they appear in every scene from all montages that have ever been in Hollywood films. He also has to foil an assassination attempt on Queen Elizabeth. This is one of the best spoofs I've ever seen. It fits in all the clichés from the "tough police <more>
officer" investigative crime thrillers. The Zuckers know exactly what they're doing... varying the marvelously written and planned jokes and gags, at times having only a single element in a sequence be "off" and thus everyone else react realistically, and the laws of physics behave as they should, other than this one thing so that the contrast heightens the impact, and, in the midst of all of this, there's actually a plot, and we do care about the characters, we want to see the good guys win and the bad guys burn. Sure, we're laughing on account of the slapstick, silliness, clever lines and wordplay, still, we also want to see what happens next, how it progresses even for it following the simple formula of the genre it's referencing . And somehow, even when it goes where we expect it to, we're immensely entertained by the trip there which might surprise anyway, in some of the details . I mean, when Leslie, already having been established as being clumsy, is told that this fish in the tank is expensive and rare, and that that pen is priceless, and tolerant of everything but water, we know where the bit is headed. There is a little moderate to strong language and sexuality, as well as brief female nudity. I recommend this to any fan of parody. 8/10