The Naked Gun (1988)
IMDB Rating 7.6/10 85 min - Rated 15 Comedy | Crime
Stars: Leslie Nielson, Prescilla Presley, O.J Simpson Director: David Zucker
Fresh from tackling terrorism in Beirut, Lt Frank Drebin (Nielson) is immediately detailed to investigate the near-fatal shooting of a fellow officer, Detective Nordberg (Simpson). Drebin starts the job where Nordberg left off, at a company owned by the much-respected Victor Ludwig whose assistant, Jane (Presley), Drebin falls for. Thanks to years of experience and granite-jawed determination (and Jane), Drebin uncovers a dastardly plot, by Ludwig, to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II when she attends a baseball game while on her state visit to the USA. Acclaimed, when it first appeared, as the best movie ever made with words ‘Naked’, ‘Gun’ and ‘The’ in the title; although, after the initial acclaim, a few sad people challenged the word ‘The’. From the creators of Airplane! (1980) and the brief but unforgettable (now that it’s a cult) TV spoof series Police Squad next came the spoof police movie. Jokes, visual gags and achingly funny moments are so rained upon the viewer that laugh he/she must. The Zuchers, Abrahams and Proft have also taken the trouble to create endearing and well-rounded characters so that, despite the mayhem, the viewer still cares about what’s happening to them. John Houseman, as an unflappable driving instructor, is irrepressively funny in this, his last movie. The Naked Gun 2 ½: the Smell of Fear (1991), and Naked Gun 33 1/3: the Final Insult (1994) followed.