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Nude Bomb [VHS] (1980)

Don Adams , Andrea Howard , Clive Donner  |  PG |  VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Adams, Andrea Howard, Sylvia Kristel, Rhonda Fleming, Dana Elcar
  • Directors: Clive Donner
  • Writers: Bill Dana, Arne Sultan, Buck Henry, Leonard Stern, Mel Brooks
  • Producers: Jennings Lang, Ted Mann
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302068967
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


Yes, it's true; Don Adams's Maxwell Smart act is little more than shtick, but marvelous shtick it is, and on Get Smart! with its half-hour doses of high-tech hooliganism, straight Bond parody, and uproarious slapstick, he made his mark as one of the more memorable comic figures of 1960s television. You wouldn't necessarily bet that Adams's trademark moves--deadpan mock-seriousness, smart-alecky catchphrases, and elastic faces--would translate well to the big screen; truth is, though, he's no more irritating than Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, or any of the other comic leads of the early 1980s. In The Nude Bomb, the first (and only) Maxwell Smart movie, our secret agent 86 battles a mad KAOS scientist who possesses a fiendish weapon: one which will destroy the world's supply of clothing. Joined by several attractive compatriots (not, alas, Barbara Feldon, whose ultra-hip Agent 99--the crucial foil for the hyperactive Smart--is sorely missed), the hapless spy has 48 hours to confound the evil plot. Several hilarious premises, including a plan to render the weapon ineffective by wearing food, are adeptly exploited through winning and well-timed sight gags. Recommended not only to fans of Get Smart! but to those who appreciate high-spirited '80s comedy as well. --Miles Bethany

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed Max By That Much... September 10, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I know "The Nude Bomb" is riddled with problems, especially in contrast with the classic show from which it was spawned... but still, for all of us who loved and missed Maxwell Smart, it was quite wonderful to see him on the big screen. The main reason to see the film, perhaps the only one, is to watch Don Adams reprise his Emmy winning portrayal and be reminded as to what a great, strong comic actor he is. Don takes the often substandard material in this film and wrings many, many laughs from it. The final twenty minutes actually recapture some of the original "Get Smart!" magic with a cloning sequence that predates "Austin Powers" as well as Mini-Me. Chalk the whole escapade up to nostalgia for one of TV's most beloved characters: Don Adams as Secret Agent Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 From Control.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine Agent 86 in an alternate universe June 16, 2008
I think the main reason this movie gets so many poor reviews is because it does not stay true to the original series. If you take this movie as a stand-alone film -- not expecting Agent 99 or the same Maxwell Smart as the old TV series -- then you may be able to enjoy it more.

There's a lot of good humor in this movie that just gets overshadowed by the "this isn't the same Get Smart I used to know" sentiment.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but disappopinting November 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is actually kind of a funny film but as a sequel to the classic series "Get Smart" it is really disappointing. I prefer to think of it as a dream and recommend you rent or buy the much better TV movie sequel "Get Smart Again" from 1989. This one is missing most of the original cast and it really hurts the film. By contrast, the 1989 TV movie has most of the cast and is a great and worthy sequel. FOX aired a 7 new episodes of Get Smart in 1995 with the original cast also, but these were not as good as the 1989 movie. I wush they would release them on video anyway. If you like Get Smart, see this but definately get "Get Smart Again!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars would you believe, really funny? April 10, 2008
Despite the naysayers, enough hysterical one-liners and bits of business make this worthwhile. OK, so 99 and others are missing from the cast but this has much better pacing than "The Return of Maxwell Smart", the TV movie. Nice backlot tour of Universal studios too. A generous amount of memorable, quotable lines, i.e.; "You haven't been the same since that accident when you lost your leg, your eye, your arm, your larynx. Whats WRONG with you"
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny - great slapstick, kids loved it! October 20, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is a classic! Funny the way funny used to be. Nude with out luede (sp?) kids ages 8-13 will laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Smart July 1, 2008
Would you believe this no-frills DVD carries a $19.98 list price? Would you believe you can get a collection of 8 much-funnier Abbott & Costello features for less? Would you believe I would have given this DVD a three-star rating if only it were less than ten bucks?

I first saw THE NUDE BOMB on its initial theatrical release in 1980, in a crowded theater. While the audience guffawed appreciatively all the way through the picture, I only found myself chuckling and laughing intermittently. Maybe this audience wasn't as familiar with the TV series as I was, because I came away thinking this was a misfire. Don Adams was a gifted comedic actor and a pitch-perfect Maxwell Smart, but without crucial characters such as Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), The Chief (Edward Platt, who died in 1974), and Siegfried (Bernie Kopell) for Adams to play off of, THE NUDE BOMB couldn't possibly achieve the TV series' level of comic brilliance.

As Don Adams lamented in later interviews, THE NUDE BOMB was made by a studio that didn't comprehend the appeal or intent of the original series -- and it shows. Even the title reveals this lack of understanding. In Europe the film was released as THE RETURN OF MAXWELL SMART -- a much better title, in my opinion -- yet in the U.S. it was distributed as THE NUDE BOMB, which makes it sound like a cheap softcore grindhouse flick.

Nevertheless, I don't believe THE NUDE BOMB is a terrible film. Don Adams tries hard to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation, and he manages to inject some laughs into this diluted affair. There are some clever and amusing moments, and a casual viewer may find it an agreeable spy-movie satire. But for those of us who love the original series, this is an awfully disappointing venture...and, ultimately, a pointless one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is NOT really a sequel to the original Get Smart! TV show; It has Maxwell Smart, and he's a spy, and... that's about it. No 99, No CONTROL, no Hymie, no KAOS, basically nothing from the original. And it's not that funny. BUT, there is a couple of chuckles here and there and it is an opportunity to see Don Adams in character once more. If you are a completist, get it. If you REALLY liked the original, buy the season sets from Time-Life or pick up the Get Smart Again! TV-movie on DVD (MUCH closer to the original - Sigfried, Hymie and 99 are all back).
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking? March 10, 1999
By A Customer
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OK, so Don Adams is good, and so is Bob Karvelas (Agent Larabee, CONTROL's idiot king among deadpan princes). Too bad they aren't working for CONTROL anymore. For reasons which transcend the grasp of mere mortals, Max is now employed by a stultifyingly unfunny organization called "P.I.T.S.", and the writers didn't bother to send any of the other series regulars with him. Sure, Ed "The Chief" Platt was dead by this time, and I assume they had their reasons for not using Hymie or Siegfried or the actor who was supposed to play Agent 13 (in a still more baffling casting turn, they replaced the extremely-available Dave Ketchum with Joey Forman, who had been a semi-regular on the original show but played a different character). But where's Barbara Feldon's Agent 99? Weren't she and Max supposed to be married? Weren't they supposed to have kids? The picture excises all mention of 86's erstwhile partner/spouse and offers instead three (3) vapid bimbette subsitutes, including Sylvia Kristel of "Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman" fame. Imagine an "Andy Griffith Show" reunion movie which failed to bring back any non-Griffith character but Goober and replaced Don Knotts with Carrot Top and two of those guys from "Wings" and moved Mayberry to, say, France, and perhaps you will begin to conceive of the overwhelming badness that is "The Nude Bomb" (to be avoided on cable as "The Return of Maxwell Smart"). p.s. and please note that I refrained from mentioning this Universal release's wildly embarrassing climax, in which our dispossessed hero must endure a fifteen-minute chase sequence through the heart of...the Universal Studios tour. Ugh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Have The "Get Smart" Atmosphere
Like many people, I was anxious to see Maxwell Smart again, especially on the big screen. The concept was cute, too-a mad fashion designer wants to send bombs all over the world... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Long Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars There's nobody like that classic and always funny Don Adams!!
I don't care what those lousy critics say, I love this film! It is a fun, good old comedy spoof from 1980. A type of light, adventure comedies we don't get anymore. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tbond67
4.0 out of 5 stars For an compleationist
The nude Bomb was funny and enjoyable, but it doesn't entirely feel like Get Smart. Sure Max Smart is in it, sure it has a whole lot of the old gags, but it was missing a little of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert L Hegerich III
5.0 out of 5 stars Would you believe...
The final installation of Don Adams as Maxwell Smart. You can tell they didn't have much money to work with but with Don Adams comedy, Bill Dana's (Jose Jimenez character) comedy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve T. Noffke
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nude Bomb
This is a great movie! I grew up watching the Get Smart series and this is right up to par! Don Adams has all his gadgets and mishaps!
Published 6 months ago by Janice L. Stalcup
2.0 out of 5 stars Bomb, yes
Good slapstick, some nice sight gags (including the clone fight a la Busby Berkeley) and throw-away lines, and Sylvia Kristel as lovely as ever. Read more
Published 8 months ago by wiredweird
3.0 out of 5 stars liked the theme song
by Merry Clayton even back in 1980 when this was released and apparently, so did they, as they used it at the beginning and at the end of this movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CD in DC
3.0 out of 5 stars No Chief
They should have let it go when the series was over. Without the original "Chief" and "99," this movie is a parody a great television series.
Published 11 months ago by M. O'Keefe
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a dud or a bomb
This is a good movie that follows along in the style of the original series. Don Adams is great in this as he was in the series.
Published 11 months ago by Dan Hangen
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 86 movie
Grew up with his kind of humor and really enjoy it. Would recommend if you grew up watching Get Smart.
Published 14 months ago by Texan90
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