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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad [1988]

Director:David Zucker
Writer:David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Pat Proft
Composer:Ira Newborn
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:89%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Frank Drebin is a good cop fighting a bad businessman who is responsible for an attempt on his partner's life.

Reaction: It gets a bit risqué, but there are lots of very funny gags here.

Personal Rating: 8/10

David Zucker => Director / Writer
Jerry Zucker => Writer
Jim Abrahams => Writer
Pat Proft => Writer
Ira Newborn => Composer
'Weird Al' Yankovic => Weird Al Yankovic
Bob Herron => Dr. Alfred (uncredited)
Christopher J. Keene => Policeman at docks - 'Please disperse, Please disperse.'
David Katz => Arafat
Ed Williams => Ted Olsen
George Kennedy => Ed Hocken
Hank Robinson => First Base Umpire
Jeannette Charles => Queen Elizabeth II
Jesse Ventura => Baseball Announcer (uncredited)
Jim Palmer => The Baseball Announcer
Joe Grifasi => Foreman
John Houseman => Driving Instructor (uncredited)
Joyce Brothers => The Baseball Announcer (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Lawrence Tierney => Angel Manager
Leslie Nielsen => Frank Drebin
Mark Holton => Spectator - 'It's Enrico Pallazzo!'
Nancy Marchand => Mayor
Nicholas Worth => Thug #1
O.J. Simpson => Nordberg
Priscilla Presley => Jane Spencer
Raye Birk => Pahpshmir
Ricardo Montalban => Vincent Ludwig
Robert K. Weiss => Park Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Robert LuJane => Khadafi (as Robert Lujane)
Susan Beaubian => Mrs. Nordberg
Susan Breslau => Passerby - 'Hey, look out!'
Tiny Ron => Al
Tom Dugan => Drug Dealer #2

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Drebin's line about shooting the Shakespeare in the Park performers is a close parody of a line Harry Callahan says about shooting a rapist in Dirty Harry.
  • Among Drebin's old food in the refrigerator is a jar of mayo. The expiration date reads 1982, the year [Police Squad]^ debuted on TV.
  • While it is made to appear like the home field of the California Angels, the baseball stadium is actually Dodger Stadium. The Angels have not called the stadium home since 1965.
  • This movie is a big-screen version of the cult cop spoof series [Police Squad]^.
  • The painting that Drebin accidentally destroys in Ludwig's house is Blue Boy, the most famous work of [?] Thomas Gainsborough. The original painting is housed in the Huntington Library (San Marino, California).
  • While impersonating an umpire, the batter swings back and hits Frank in the face. This joke was suggested by Mel Brooks.
  • According to David Zucker in the DVD commentary, the studio insisted on the casting of an Oscar winner in one of the major roles. This led to the casting of George Kennedy, who had been actively campaigning for the role of Ed Hocken for months, saying that he was furious at having missed his chance to spoof himself in the movie Airplane!.
  • [?] Bo Derek was first choice for the role of Jane Spencer.
  • The scene in which Frank descends from the plane and talks to Ed (before 'Weird Al' Yankovic's appearance) is a nod to Jean Renoir~'s La Règle du jeu. The dialog is not exactly the same, but the setup mirrors the beginning of that film (a man has achieved a remarkable feat, yet is saddened that his love is not there to greet him).
  • The name for O.J. Simpson's character, Nordberg, was taken from a manufacturing company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Nordberg plant was located at Oklahoma and Chase Avenues and featured a huge "Nordberg" sign visible to passers-by on Highway 94. The factory was purchased by Metso Minerals and has since closed in 2004.