We know we're in a 1988 film when we're invited to laugh at O.J. Simpson in an opening slapstick sequence. We can also pinpoint the year of production when hard-nosed cop Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), during a scuffle with the world's leading dictators, wipes the wine-colored birthmark off the head of Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Those wacky ZAZ boys -- David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker -- serve up a feature-length spin-off of their cult favorite TV show Police Squad!. Seeking vengeance when his partner (Simpson) is shot full of holes by drug dealers, dead-pan and dead-brained Lt. Frank Drebin searches for the Mister Big behind it all. Drebin suspects above-reproach shipping magnate Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban), but he can't prove a thing. Bumped from the force by the mayor (Nancy Marchand), Drebin, with the unexpected assistance of Ludwig's ex-girlfriend (Priscilla Presley), manages to nab the bad guy at a baseball game, where Reggie Jackson has been programmed to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. MGM mogul Irving Thalberg once reportedly told the Marx Brothers, "You can't build jokes on top of jokes." The producers of Naked Gun prove otherwise; indeed, one could develop writer's cramp just listing the gags in the film's first 20 minutes. Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad was followed by two lesser but still hilarious sequels, Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).~Hal Erickson
Group commentary by David Zucker, Robert Weiss, Peter Segal, Michael Ewing
Group commentary by David Zucker, Robert Weiss, Peter Tilden
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear -
The Naked Gun 331/3: The Final Insult -
The Naked Gun:
Leslie NielsenLt. Frank Drebin
George KennedyCapt. Ed Hocken
Priscilla PresleyJane Spencer
Ricardo MontalbanVincent Ludwig
Susan BeaubianMrs. Nordberg
Jeannette CharlesElizabeth II
Ed WilliamsTed Olsen
"Weird Al" Yankovic'Weird Al'
Leslie Maier'Weird Leslie'
Nicholas WorthThug #1
Ronald G. JosephThug #27
Doris HessNurse #2
Tom DuganDrug Dealer #2
Prince HughesIdi Amin
Ken MinyardKen &
Reggie JacksonAngel Right Fielder
Lawrence TierneyAngel Manager
Hank RobinsonFirst Base Umpire
Dennis PackerBaseball P.A. Announcer
Dick VitaleBaseball Announcer
Dick EnbergBaseball Announcer
Jim PalmerBaseball Announcer
Melvin AllenBaseball Announcer
Curt GowdyBaseball Announcer
Tim McCarverBaseball Announcer
Joyce BrothersBaseball Announcer
Don Woodard"There he is!"
Christopher Keene"Please disperse. Please disperse."
Susan Breslau"Hey, look out!"
Fredric Arnold"Hey! What's the meaning of this?"
Edwina Moore"Mr. Pallazzo, our head usher will be.."
Jeff Wright"Mr. Pallazzo? Would you come with me?"