The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)


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Movie Info

Maxwell Smart, the infamous Agent 86 from the '60s television sitcom Get Smart makes his feature-film debut in this goofy espionage spoof. This time, Smart and his cohorts must stop enemy spies from detonating a bomb that would destroy all the world's clothing. On television, the film was renamed The Return of Maxwell Smart.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Arne Sultan, Bill Dana, Leonard B. Stern, Buck Henry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 17, 2008
MCA Universal Home Video



as Maxwell Smart

as Agent 34

as Edith Von Secondberg

as Chief

as Agent 36

as Agent 22

as Carruthers

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as Jerry Krovney

as Pam Krovney

as Nino Salvatore Sebas...

as American Ambassador

as President

as Landlady

as Agent 13

as French Delegate

as Jamaican Delegate

as Russian Delegate

as German Delegate

as Italian Delegate

as English Delegate

as Polish Delegate

as Secretary of Defense

as Helicopter Pilot

as Harrington

as Sergeant Major

as Model #1

as KAOS #1

as KAOS #2

as KAOS Guard

as Tourist

as Tourist

as Jumpmaster

as Blue Limo Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

'From a character conceived by Mel Brooks', reads the blurb, and there are various nods to his style of humour throughout this bitty spoof. But the rest relies more on technology than style, and on mediocre effects that can't carry the plot.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I sort of enjoyed it, but it's thoroughly bankrupt filmmaking.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It ain't get "Get Smart", but it's great to see Adams back with the shoephone!

August 17, 2008

Mildly amusing early on when it sticks to puns and one-liners, but falls apart quickly as it degenerates into a series of dumb comic action sequences. Easier to sit through when I was 8.

June 21, 2008

This feeble attempt to revive the characters from the popular TV series Get Smart copies the show, but without the sharp humor that made it so popular.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An uneven and poorly plotted film which even fans of the original TV show could well have done without.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart)

The original series ran from '65-'70 and this movie was made in 1980. It's not very good, but better than the remake with Steve Carell in my opinion because it maintains the humor and style of the original. The characters and concepts were created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry so that should give you an idea of the type of humor. Evidently the producers wanted The Nude Bomb title and plot line, but some of the writers from the series had other ideas. The writers weren't allowed on set to prevent them from suggesting changes, but I think if the writers had been trusted more the movie could have been better. It's a PG movie, the nude bomb was hardly worth it. James Bond obviously became popular in the 60's, but there was a lot of spy fiction to spoof. The Pink Panther movies did the same thing with the same sort of pratfalls, non-sequitors, and bad puns. Then there were the Naked Gun movies and Austin Powers continuing to spoof spy adventures. But I was most surprised to realize that the 80's cartoon Inspector Gadget, which I grew up with, is basically a carbon copy of Get Smart from a couple decades before. Don Adams plays the same bumbling detective/agent character with often defective gadgets built into everyday items or on his person. The evil organization, how he completes his missions, a running gag about an agent that can hide in any object, it's all the same. Just do a couple minor cosmetic changes to a few supporting characters and the Get Smart formula got a second life for a few years in the 80's. If you liked the original Get Smart series or the cartoon Inspector Gadget, this probably won't blow you away, but you'll enjoy yourself for an hour and a half.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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