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



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

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Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the Mister Big behind it all. Drebin suspects above-reproach shipping magnate Vincent Ludwig, but he can't prove a thing. Bumped from the force by the mayor, Drebin, with the unexpected assistance of Ludwig's ex-girlfriend, manages to nab the bad guy at a baseball game, where Reggie Jackson has been programmed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
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George Kennedy
as Capt. Ed Hocken
John Houseman
as Driving Instructor
Leslie Nielsen
as Lt. Frank Drebin
Weird Al Yankovic
as 'Weird Al'
Priscilla Presley
as Jane Spencer
O.J. Simpson
as Nordberg
Nancy Marchand
as Mayor of L.A.
Ricardo Montalban
as Victor Ludwig
Mark Holton
as "It's Enrico Pallazzo!"
Brinke Stevens
as Girl in showers (uncredited)
Lawrence Tierney
as Angel Manager
Tom Dugan
as Drug Dealer #2
Joe Grifasi
as Foreman
Raye Birk
as Pahpshmir
Ronald G. Joseph
as Thug #27
Jeff Wright
as "Mr. Pallazzo? Would you come with me?"
Nicholas Worth
as Thug #1
Reggie Jackson
as Right Fielder
Dick Enberg
as Baseball Announcer
Joyce Brothers
as Baseball Announcer
Curt Gowdy
as Baseball Announcer
Doris Hess
as Nurse #2
Jim Palmer
as Baseball Announcer
Dick Vitale
as Baseball Announcer
Jim Smith
as "Sorry, fellas"
Susan Beaubian
as Mrs. Nordberg
David Katz
as Arafat
Tim McCarver
as Baseball Announcer
Charles Gherardi
as Khomeini
Edwina Moore
as "Mr. Pallazzo, our head usher will be.."
Prince Hughes
as Idi Amin
Charlotte Zucker
as Dominique
Jeannette Charles
as Queen Elizabeth II
Rick Seaman
as 'Ya dumb broad!'
Hank Robinson
as First Base Umpire
Melvin Allen
as Baseball Announcer
Sydney Urshan
as Baseball Fan with O.J.
Ed Williams
as Ted Olsen
Don Woodard
as "There he is!"
Christopher Keene
as "Please disperse. Please disperse."
Susan Breslau
as "Hey, look out!"
Fredric Arnold
as "Hey! What's the meaning of this?"
Dennis Packer
as Baseball P.A. Announcer
Chuck Fick
as Angels Catcher
Burton Zucker
as Photographer
Leslie Maier
as 'Weird Leslie'
Brett Bartlett
as Seattle Centerfielder
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

In the years since he first played Drebin, Nielsen has deepened the role, made it more subtle, more universal, more paramount.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Not quite up to Airplane! or Top Secret!, but there are still laughs aplenty.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Another great hit from the team ZAZ with the brillant Leslie Nielsen in his most remember role, or at least one of the most remember, Lt.Frank Drebin.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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 Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

The Naked Gun is the daddy of parody movies. Along with Leslie's previous film "Airplane!". Its usually the amount of slapstick that breaks comedy films. This film however is the rare film that is made by it.

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Directors Cat

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