The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 1988

The Naked Gun

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The Naked Gun is loaded chock full of gags that are goofy, unapologetically crass, and ultimately hilarious.

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Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), a rather clueless police detective, tries to foil a plot to turn innocent people into assassins through mind control. After his partner, Norberg (O.J. Simpson), is shot, Frank sets out to find the culprit, leading him to business tycoon Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban). However, Frank has no evidence until he meets Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley), Ludwig's assistant. She knows nothing about Ludwig's devious plans, but falls for Frank and agrees to help him.

Cast & Crew

Leslie Nielsen
Lt. Frank Drebin
George Kennedy
Captain Ed Hocken
Ricardo Montalban
Vincent Ludwig
O.J. Simpson
Det. Nordberg
Nancy Marchand
Mayor Barkley
Susan Beaubian
Mrs. Nordberg
Raye Birk
Pahpshmir
Jim Abrahams
Executive Producer
David Zucker
Executive Producer
Jerry Zucker
Executive Producer
Ira Newborn
Original Music
Robert M. Stevens
Cinematographer
Michael Jablow
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (7)

  • It gave me about 10 big laughs and 20 small laughs and as many smiles. That`s value for time and money spent.

    May 6, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the years since he first played Drebin, Nielsen has deepened the role, made it more subtle, more universal, more paramount.

    May 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The two Zuckers and Abrahams have, surprisingly, forgotten a principle of parody that they taught everyone else. Namely, that the jokes have to fit, and that they have to refer to the target -- in this instance police movies.

    May 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Naked Gun is hugely funny, but it`s also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst.

    May 6, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like the ZAZ lads' other films, this is a movie made for a VCR Saturday night. They supply the jokes; you bring the microwave popcorn and modest expectations.

    May 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Not quite up to Airplane! or Top Secret!, but there are still laughs aplenty.

    January 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

  • Apr 15, 2018
    Leslie Nielson is hilarious with his deadpan face and playing the clumsiest cop since Inspector Clouseau in a very funny parody of film noirs and James Bond movies that is a considerable step above Airplane! and Top Secret! in terms of more well-inspired jokes and gags.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2014
    A relentlessly goofy slapstick comedy that carries nothing in the way of substance and feels downright mean-spirited at times, but it benefits from a dedicated performance by the hilarious Leslie Nielsen.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2013
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a hilarious slapstick comedy. The story follows Detective Frank Drebin of LAPD's elite Police Squad unit as he investigates a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth during her royal visit to America. Starring Leslie Nielsen, Ricardo Montalban, O.J. Simpson, and Priscilla Presley, the film has a strong cast. The comedy consists mostly of sight gags and physical humor, but it works (for the most part). Still, at times the jokes get a little too broad and juvenile. Depending on how one feels about slapstick, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is either brilliantly hysterical or a mass of stupidity.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2012
    One of the funniest films to exist. This superb comedy proves that Leslie Nielsen is the King of slapstick. With so many laughs, this may most likely leave you with stitches from constant laughter.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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