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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

"If you see only one movie this year...you ought to get out more often"

1991-06-28 Comedy 1hr 25m

Bumbling lieutenant Frank Drebin is out to foil the big boys in the energy industry, who intend to suppress technology that will put them out of business.

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Storyline

Bumbling lieutenant Frank Drebin is out to foil the big boys in the energy industry, who intend to suppress technology that will put them out of business.

  • Released
    1991-06-28
  • Revenue
    $192,000,000
  • Budget
    $23,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 25m
  • Genre
    Comedy, Crime
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    6.9
  • Production
    Paramount

Crew

David Zucker
Director
Jim Abrahams
Writer
Robert K. Weiss
Producer

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Cast

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen

Lt. Frank Drebin
Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley

Jane Spencer
George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Captain Ed Hocken
Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet

Quentin Hapsburg
Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths

Dr. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
Jacqueline Brookes

Jacqueline Brookes

Commissioner Brumford
Anthony James

Anthony James

Hector Savage
Ed Williams

Ed Williams

Ted Olsen
John Roarke

John Roarke

George Bush
Margery Jane Ross

Margery Jane Ross

Barbara Bush
Peter Van Norden

Peter Van Norden

John Sununu
Gail Neely

Gail Neely

Winnie Mandela
Sally Rosenblatt

Sally Rosenblatt

Mrs. Redmond
Alexander Folk

Alexander Folk

Crackhouse Cop
Larry McCormick

Larry McCormick

TV Reporter
Cliff Bemis

Cliff Bemis

Barbecue Dad
D.D. Howard

D.D. Howard

Barbecue Mom
William Woodson

William Woodson

TV Commercial Announcer
Mel Tormé

Mel Tormé

Mel Tormé
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor
Bill Chemerka

Bill Chemerka

"Ladies and Gentlemen, President of United States and Mrs. Bush"
Christopher J. Keene

Christopher J. Keene

"Hey Ken, Al! Look what I found."
Ken Kerman

Ken Kerman

"Hey, that's a pretty nice clock."
Al Fann

Al Fann

"It's 4 minutes too slow."
Tom McGreevey

Tom McGreevey

"Vert well, sir. It's from the lady."
James Gilstrap

James Gilstrap

"Always nice to see nice people."
'Weird Al' Yankovic

'Weird Al' Yankovic

"You pigs...say your prayers."
Gina Mastrogiacomo

Gina Mastrogiacomo

"Is this some kind of bust?"
Jeff Wright

Jeff Wright

"Frank, we got that Sure-Grip suck machine..."
C. Lindsay Workman

C. Lindsay Workman

"Your coat, sir?"
John Stevens

John Stevens

"Phone call, Commissioner"
Gokul

Gokul

"Hey, what the hell happened to the water pressure?"
Charlotte Zucker

Charlotte Zucker

"For a man in a wheelchair, he gets around marvelously."
Don Pugsley

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"He's wired!"
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"Hey, look what he's doing to that man in the wheelchair!"
Manny Perry

Manny Perry

"Let's get him."
Raynor Scheine

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"You're on my groin."
John Fleck

John Fleck

"If that's your attitude, forget it."
Susan Breslau

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Party Guest
Leslie Maier

Leslie Maier

Party Guest
Ron Rosenblatt

Ron Rosenblatt

Mr. Redmond
Jennifer Kretchmer

Jennifer Kretchmer

Barbecue Daughter
Ryan Harrison

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Barbecue Boy
David Zucker

David Zucker

Davy Crockett
Robert K. Weiss

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Obstetrician
Robert LoCash

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FBI Agent
Burton Zucker

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Lab Technician
Lewis Friedman

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Lab Technician
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Lab Technician
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Lab Technician
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Lab Technician
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Reviews for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
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A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-09-04

This isn't an half bad sequel to the entertaining "Naked Gun" (1988) with Leslie Nielsen reprising his hapless "Drebin" character. This time... read more

This isn't an half bad sequel to the entertaining "Naked Gun" (1988) with Leslie Nielsen reprising his hapless "Drebin" character. This time he teams up again with "Ed" (George Kennedy) and "Nordberg" (OJ Simpson) to try to thwart the ambitions of big business in the energy sector. To protect their control over domestic power consumption, these moguls arrange for the kidnapping of a scientist - "Dr. Mainheimer" (Richard Griffiths). He is about to publish a far reaching report extolling the viability of solar power as a cheap and available source of electricity for everyone. Things is, though, it's not just a simple kidnap - they plan to substitute this learned man with a fraud who will ensure they retain their monopolies for years to come. Can the "Police Squad" get their act together in time...? It all gets a little more precarious when we discover that "Jane" (Priscilla Presley) is the assistant to the professor - and renewing his association with her after a while sets Drebin into many a comedy tailspin. As with the first film, the humour is quick-fire, contemporary and often more Laurel & Hardy than, well, Laurel & Hardy. Griffiths was a good comedy actor, his facial expressions and his sheer size were attributes he new well how to exploit to elicit a laugh. There is loads of on screen chemistry too to enjoy here, and it's not even ninety minutes so there's not enough time to get bored by the rather formulaic plot. That last point is what drags it down. It is difficult to reinvent the wheel, and to be honest very little effort appears to have gone into making this sufficiently different from the first outing. It's just too similar, with too many punchlines you can see from space. Still, it does what it says on the tin - and it does raise a smile - just not a guffaw.

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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 4

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-12-03

**A sequel that closely follows the initial film, although it may not be as strong.** After a predictable success with the first film, th... read more

**A sequel that closely follows the initial film, although it may not be as strong.** After a predictable success with the first film, the sequel was already predictable and the public flocked to see a new dose of madness, with Leslie Nielsen in great form. When watching this film forty years after its commercial debut, it is not difficult to recognize some merit: the film has aged very well and continues to be entertaining today. I recognize that the style of humor in this film will not be to everyone's liking, as it is solidly based on “slapstick” and double meanings with a strong sexual connotation, however it is frankly more elegant and intelligent than many modern comedies of our day. The dialogues are quite idiotic, to be nice, but that also has its joke. Leslie Nielsen is the big star, and much of the film's quality is based on her participation and the inspired way in which she interprets her clumsy character. In fact, the rest of the cast doesn't interest us at all: they are there because they simply have to be. Okay, we can consider that Priscilla Presley took some extra care in the way she acted and has good enough material for the actress to work on her character successfully. Richard Griffiths also deserves positive marks, being another exceptional addition to a fairly bland supporting cast. The film's weakest point turns out to be the script: the story, created to support the film and serve as a skeleton for the avalanche of jokes created for it, is so weak that it is almost unnoticeable. After the first half of the film, I found it very difficult to remember why it all started. I really felt like the story didn't count, just the jokes and funny dialogues. This is a problem, compared to the first film, where the story told, however insane it was, was stronger and better written. The film also has good production values, including the sets, costumes and visual, special and makeup effects.

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A Review by CinemaSerf

This isn't an half bad sequel to the entertaining "Naked Gun" (1988) with Leslie Nielsen reprising his hapless "Drebin" character. This time he teams up again with "Ed" (George Kennedy) and "Nordberg" (OJ Simpson) to try to thwart the ambit...

reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-09-04

This isn't an half bad sequel to the entertaining "Naked Gun" (1988) with Leslie Nielsen reprising his hapless "Drebin" character. This time he teams up again with "Ed" (George Kennedy) and "Nordberg"...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 4

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-12-03

**A sequel that closely follows the initial film, although it may not be as strong.** After a predictable success with the first film, the sequel was already predictable and the public flocked to s...

read more