The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Crime


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Lieutenant Frank Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.


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16 February 2006 | jotix100
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| The mariachis
David Zucker, the director of this spoof, shows he can give the viewer a fun time because the way he gave the right touch to this funny movie. "The Naked Gun 2-1/2" is a film which makes fun of other movies about an inept police detective who does everything wrong, but in doing so, he gives us an occasion for laughter that in most of the situations work.

Of course, one wouldn't imagine anyone playing this Lt. Frank Drebin, but Leslie Nielsen. This actor with the rubber face, is a natural for this type of comedy. The opening sequence with the White House dinner with the older Bushies is a hoot. Poor Barbara Bush is the butt of all the visual jokes as she is seated next to Drebin. But the best moment in the film is the rendition of "Besame Mucho" by Mr. Nielsen and George Kennedy dressed in mariachi costumes. It is a riot!

The leading lady, Priscilla Presley, seems to be the perfect match for Mr. Nielsen. They play well together. The others in the film, George Kennedy, Robert Goulet, Richard Griffiths, and the rest, do an excellent job in their clowning around to produce the laughter and good time we experience.

This is a film to recommend to anyone suffering depression.

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Trivia

Priscilla Presley (Jane Spencer) and George Kennedy (Ed Hocken) both starred in Dallas (1978), though not at the same time: Presley played Jenna Wade from 1983 to 1988 while Kennedy played Carter McKay from 1988 to 1991. Presley left the series in order to star in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988).


Quotes

Jane Spencer: Sam, would you play our song, just one more time?
Sam: Of course... DING DONG! The witch is dead! Which old witch? The wicked witch!


Goofs

When Savage is getting ready to kill Jane in the shower, he places a silencer on a gun that a silencer wouldn't work on.


Crazy Credits

Hairdressers ........ Set Dressers ........ Cross Dressers ...... George LoCash ...... Vance Collins


Alternate Versions

On the TV version, many scenes are added:

  • There is a continuation of the scene in which Frank accidentally bumps into the cement truck and the truck starts dumping it's contents in another car.
  • After Frank tells Ed "No not right now, we've got work to do", we see a new scene of Frank, Ed, and Nordberg walking out of the station and passing the Mayor looking sadly at her now hardened cement covered car along with a construction worker trying to break it off with a jackhammer.
  • Right after Frank says "Just keep him (Hector Savage) busy" and shuts the lid of the tank he's driving, he starts looking at the controls trying to decide which ones to use and which ones not to use. Then he spots an actual key which he starts turning and the tank starts idling.
  • When Frank goes to Jane's apartment with the flowers(which are now stems), they change the scene completely at this point. Frank starts walking around her place and commenting on how nice it is. He soon enters a room with a window open and a lot of wind starts coming in. It is established that Jane lives near a railway station. At one point a mailbag flies in the room into Frank's arms. Right after that, Jane then says "I'm making a Protein Shake".
  • When Frank, Jane and Dr. Meinheimer are in the building that blew up at the beginning, and they walk through the research area where he drops his hat, the scene ends in the movie version with Jane walking away with the Quentin Hapsburg, and Frank standing there. In the TV version, green ooze explodes from the machine, Jane asks where Frank's hat is, and then Frank runs out while the green ooze pours out the door. As he runs out he notices a sign telling how long the research area went without problems.
  • In the bar scene, Ed and Frank discuss the various girls Frank went out with while trying to forget about Jane.
  • When Frank falls through the glass and is captured by the pollution group, Quentin goes through a detailed explanation of how he'll be torturing Frank before killing him.
  • At the scene at the dinner at the end, when Nordberg plays the guitar and the old lady tosses him the keys, there is a scene with him walking off and tossing the keys to President Bush.
  • At the beginning at the presidential dinner before the lobster scene, there are 2 scenes added. One involves Frank yanking a Cuban cigar out of the Cuban ambassador's mouth and yelling at him about supporting Cubans, and another involves him mistaking Winnie Mandela for being in the groups Martha & The Vandellas and The Chiffons.
  • There are added scenes in the sex scene between Frank and Jane (like a gas pump put into a car's gas entrance).
  • Before Frank goes to the mansion for dinner, there is an added scene before he arrives and greets the mayor (how many animals escaped...?). Quentin hands a huge check to a thug played by producer Robert K. Weiss, and then cashes it for him right there.
  • When Hector Savage says "I want a car out front! Something fun! A Porsche!". Instead of immediately saying "I want a ticket to Jamaica", Ed speaks up on the megaphone and says "Can't do that Savage!" and throws out different types of cars they could give him.
  • When Frank gets the tank moving he drives directly up to Savage's front door. Instead of immediately knocking the door down, a mechanical hand pops out of the ram and simply pushes the doorbell!
  • When Frank gets beat up by the football players, there is a new scene of Ed and Nordberg in their regular outfits along with Dr. Meinheimer, coming to his aid saying "Hey! We're police officers! Hold it!". Frank is still dazed. Ed says "Hang on, I'll get you some water!" Meanwhile Meinheimer's just staring at Frank to see if he's OK. Frank starts to see a blurry image of Meinheimer and thinks it's Earl Hacker(the fake Dr.) and starts beating up on him again. The football guys come back, see this, and start beating up Frank again(also if you listen closely they've incorporated the previous sound footage "Hey! Let's get him! Beat up an old guy will ya!" for the new scene). Ed comes back with a glass of water which he hands to Frank. He tells him to look out for Quentin and heads for the stage with Dr. Meinheimer. Frank then takes the glass to his lips and winds up fainting in the process. Thus explains how the next time we see Frank, he's holding an empty cup with money. He spilled the water when he fainted.
  • Frank steals Quentin's gun away while in the "bomb room" but is then tricked by Quentin to "LOOK!", who then retrieves it.
  • Frank and Jane trying to disarm the bomb has more dialogue. Jane, instead of flipping in the manual right to "How to disarm bomb" she starts out with introductions "So You've decided to buy a bomb...." and other captions with Frank telling her they don't have much time to do this.


Soundtracks

DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD
by
Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg (as E. Y. Harburg)
Performed by James Gilstrap (uncredited)

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Genres

Comedy | Crime

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,817,139 30 June 1991

Gross USA:

$86,930,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,930,411

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