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




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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.more
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


Don Adams
as Maxwell Smart
Rhonda Fleming
as Edith Von Secondberg
Andrea Howard
as Agent 22
Norman Lloyd
as Carruthers
Bill Dana
as Jonathon Levinson Se...
Gary Imhoff
as Jerry Krovney
Sarah Rush
as Pam Krovney
Vittorio Gassman
as Nino Salvatore Sebas...
Walter Brooke
as American Ambassador
Thomas Hill
as President
Ceil Cabot
as Landlady
Joey Forman
as Agent 13
Patrick Gorman
as French Delegate
Earl Maynard
as Jamaican Delegate
Alex Rodine
as Russian Delegate
Richard Sanders
as German Delegate
Vito Scotti
as Italian Delegate
Byron Webster
as English Delegate
Horst Ehrhardt
as Polish Delegate
James Noble
as Secretary of Defense
James Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
Robert Ball
as Harrington
Hap Lawrence
as Sergeant Major
Ashley Cox
as Model #1
Nick Dimitri
as KAOS #1
Fred Lerner
as KAOS #2
Bond Gideon
as KAOS Guard
Chere Bryson
as Tourist
Glynn Rubin
as Tourist
Dick Durock
as Jumpmaster
Richard Washington
as Blue Limo Driver
Richard Washington
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


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

I've actually wanted to see this movie for some time, but it's been kind of tough to find. Now that I've seen it, I have to say that it was definitely NOT worth the wait. They did not "up the ante" at all when they made this movie; it looks and feels exactly like an episode of the TV series, except in widescreen and without the laugh track to let you know when what you just saw was supposed to be funny. Apparently they thought the other people with you in the movie theater would laugh at the right times and help you out... no such luck when you're watching it on TV. And there's no Agent 99, the Chief is a different actor... heck, the spy organization isn't even called CONTROL (it's called PITS, for goodness sake). Really, it's a disappointment. The only thing that even makes it worth watching at all (almost the only thing that connects it to the TV series, really, outside of the cheap production values) is that Smart says each of his signature lines ("Missed it by that much", "That's the second biggest _______ I've ever seen!", "Would you believe...", etc.) at least once.

I wonder.... was this whole movie just conceived as a very long advertisement for the Universal Studios theme park?

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