The Naked Gun is crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.
The Naked Gun is crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun – and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.Subtitled From the Files of Police Squad!, based on ill-fated too-hip-for-TV series a few seasons earlier, comedy from the crazed Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker yock factory is chockablock with sight gags. Leslie Nielsen is the clumsy detective reprising his TV role and George Kennedy his straight sidekick who wreaks havoc in the streets of LA trying to connect shipping magnate and socialite Ricardo Montalban with heroin smuggling. Scintilla of a plot weaves in an inspired bit of nonsense with Queen Elizabeth II lookalike Jeannette Charles as the target for assassination at a California Angels’ baseball games, where she stands up and does the wave like any other foolish-looking fan, plus a May-December romance between Nielsen and vapid-acting Priscilla Presley whose exchanges of alternatingly drippy or suggestive dialog would make great material for a soap parody.
Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Paramount. Director David Zucker; Producer Robert K. Weiss; Screenplay Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Pat Proft; Camera Robert Stevens; Editor Michael Jablow; Music Ira Newborn; Art Director John J. Lloyd
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 85 MIN.
Leslie Nielsen George Kennedy Priscilla Presley Ricardo Montalban O.J. Simpson Nancy Marchand
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