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David Zucker--of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker creative troika behind Airplane! and television's Police Squad!--directed this 1988 feature film based on the latter show. Leslie Nielsen returns to his old TV role of Lt. Frank Drebin, the deadpan idiot with a detective's badge. The reinvention of the failed series as a theatrical feature seems to have inspired everyone involved to make a pretty funny movie, and the jokes gather a momentum that lasts until the final act. Ricardo Montalban is a perfect foil as a villain whose aquarium is being invaded by Drebin during routine questioning, and George Kennedy is delightful in a self-parodying part as an earnest but obtuse lawman. There's a hilarious bit when Drebin--wearing a live police wire while going to the bathroom--can be overheard over the loudspeakers at a speech given by a flustered mayor (Nancy Marchand). Yes, that's O.J. Simpson as a detective who ends up on the wrong side of numerous Drebin blunders. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Leslie NielsenFrank Drebin
Priscilla PresleyJane Spencer
Ricardo MontalbanVincent Ludwig
George KennedyEd Hocken
O.J. SimpsonNordberg
Susan BeaubianMrs. Nordberg
Nancy MarchandMayor
Raye BirkPahpshmir
Jeannette CharlesQueen Elizabeth II
Ed WilliamsTed Olsen
Tiny RonAl
'Weird Al' Yankovic'Weird Al'
Tony BrafaEnrico Pallazzo
Lawrence TierneyAngels Manager
Reggie JacksonAngels Right Fielder

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: David Zucker
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 2, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 21, 2002
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