Naked Gun from the files of Police Squad

Paramount Pictures Released 1988




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David Zucker

Naked Gun from the Files of Police Squad is the big screen incarnation of the popular classic television series chronicling the misadventures of Lt. Frank Drebin. When Drebin's partner Nordberg is severely savaged by a gang of thugs, Frank goes into action to investigate who may be behind the mayhem. He tries the owner of the ship, Vincent Ludwig, who has a lovely assistant that he immediately falls for Jane. This complicates matters when Drebin discovers Ludwig is hatching a diabolic plot to assassinate the visiting Queen of England during a an upcoming baseball game using a hypnotized, unaware victim as the perpetrator. With his partner Ed in tow, and his harried boss at her wits end with Drebin's inept actions, Frank must win the girl and save the Queen.

Metacritic Score

  • 90


    Crass, broad, irreverent, wacky fun - and absolutely hilarious from beginning to end.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Reviewing The Naked Gun... is like reporting on a monologue by Rodney Dangerfield - you can get the words but not the music.

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    It will help if, while watching The Naked Gun, viewers can assume a mental age of about 14. The jokes will seem fresher that way, and they will also, much to the writers' credit, s...

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    • Production Budget - $12,000,000
      Domestic Gross -  $78,756,177 (8th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $156,362,629

    • Filming locations:
      University of San Diego, San Diego, California
      Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California
      City Hall, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Dodger Stadium, Chávez Ravine, Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
      Park Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California
      San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Clemente, California
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Tunnel beneath the 6th Street Viaduct, Downtown, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. You've read the ad, now see the movie!
      2. The Villain. Even Mother Teresa wanted him dead.

    • Music:
      I Love L.A.
      Written and Performed by Randy Newman
      I'm Into Something Good
      Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
      Performed by Peter Noone
      Louie, Louie
      Written by Richard Berry
      Performed by Rice University Marching Owl Band
      Trumpet Fanfare
      Written by Stephen Oliver
      God Save the King!
      Music attributed to Henry Carey
      The Star Spangled Banner
      Music by John Stafford Smith
      Lyrics by Francis Scott Key


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