The Naked Gun
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Naked Gun From The Files Of Police Squad (BD)
Those screw-loose Airplane! creators have done it again! Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad's own granite-jawed, rock-brained cop Frank Drebin , who bumbles across a mind-control scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabet h. Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, a stuffed be aver, two baseball team s and an odd assortment of others join the wacko goings-on and blow the laugh-o-meter to smithereens.]]>
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Even to this day, I cannot help but think of Leslie Nelson's butchering of the national anthem while I watch major league baseball games. "The Naked Gun" is one of those movies which has dozens of memorable lines and scenes which you can recall easily with your friends. It is also one of those movies that if you could read the script, you can visualize the bumbling police lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielson) acting, and you laugh just as hard reading the script as you would watching the movie.
How can anyone forget Frank Drebin's comment about Queen Elizabeth visiting Los Angeles:
Lt Drebin: "Thank you your honor. Protecting the safety of the Queen is a task that is gladly accepted by Police Squad. For no matter how silly the idea of having a queen might be to us, as Americans we must be gracious and considerate hosts. (The crowd applauds, camara pans to Mayor's a gasped expression as she takes over the podium from Lt. Drebin.)
Of course this is followed by the sounds of Lt Drebin's "long pee" scene audio drowning out the Mayor's continued speech when he forgets to remove his wireless microphone while relieving himself in the men's room. Of course, it only gets worse for the Mayor as Lt Drebin completes his potty break soliloquy with a cascading audio of a few short squirts, and lyrical humming. Lt Drebin completes his audible peeing soliloquy finale by breaking wind and a self satisfying "Aaaaaaah" broadcast to the entire press conference.
Ppl HATE OJ in the United States and for good reason. He's a walking MURDERER. It's so messed up. And he play's a somewhat meaty role in this movie.
I know this is true about OJ affecting ppls reactions post his acquittal because 4 ppl mentioned how they "despise OJ" when i discussed the movie at work recently.
That's why I was overjoyed when the movie came out in 1988 and was even funnier than the original series. Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker take the Mel Brooks approach of cramming every one of their movies with jokes, knowing that a good percentage of them will hit their mark. The jokes in The Naked Gun, however, ALL seem to work.
Leslie Nielsen, who was a serious dramatic actor until Airplane! made him into a comedy star, is hilarious. Without trying to be funny, Nielsen gets laughs by playing it absolutely straight -- even when he's wearing a body length condom, passing out by smelling 3 year old Chinese food or singing a horrible version of the National Anthem at a baseball game. Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker use the Leslie Nielsen theory of casting to the hilt in Naked Gun. Non-comedy stars like George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson (when he could show his face in public), Reggie Jackson and Ricardo Montalban have mastered the art of delivering funny lines with absolute seriousness.
It would take too long to recount all of my favorite scenes. My personal favorite is the baseball scene. If you're a baseball fan, you've probably seen a person singing the National Anthem botch the lyrics or seen an umpire who seemed to get a little too much pleasure in ringing up strike three on a hitter. The humor may be extremely exaggerated, but Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker base the scene on real situations, thereby making the humor even more hysterical. The first time I saw the film, I was laughing so hard, tears were coming out of my eyes and I couldn't breathe during that scene! Apparently, the audience I saw it with agreed because their laughter drowned out a good deal of dialogue. Nielsen's umpiring still makes me laugh, especially when it's shown between innings at a baseball stadium.
The DVD transfer is excellent, but the real advantage of the DVD edition is the hilarious commentary of David Zucker. So many directors, when they provide audio commentary for one of their films on DVD, act so pompous and self-important you would think they had done something noble for mankind rather than just direct a movie. Zucker, however, has a great self-deprecating style that fits the film perfectly. It's quite clear that he has as much fun making these films as we have watching them.