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ng1| The Naked Gun
ID:
1988
Comments:
Director: David Zucker
Screenplay: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft
Producer: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 85
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English
Features:
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Aug 2000 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$9.98]
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Reviews:  David Zucker--of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker creative troika behind "Airplane!" and television's "Police Squad!"--directed this 1988 feature film based on the latter show. Leslie Nielsen returns to his old TV role of Lt. Frank Drebin, the deadpan idiot with a detective's badge. The reinvention of the failed series as a theatrical feature seems to have inspired everyone involved to make a pretty funny movie, and the jokes gather a momentum that lasts until the final act. Ricardo Montalban is a perfect foil as a villain whose aquarium is being invaded by Drebin during routine questioning, and George Kennedy is delightful in a self-parodying part as an earnest but obtuse lawman. There's a hilarious bit when Drebin--wearing a live police wire while going to the bathroom--can be overheard over the loudspeakers at a speech given by a flustered mayor (Nancy Marchand). Yes, that's O.J. Simpson as a detective who ends up on the wrong side of numerous Drebin blunders. "--Tom Keogh"


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