Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

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Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

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  • Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
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25 September 2012 | Benjamin_Cox
| Third time unlucky but still worth a punt - 65%
There are certain films that, on occasion, can escape almost any criticism and a fine spoof is one such occasion. The first two Naked Gun films are wonderful examples of the genre, filled with both visual gags and rapid one-liners that also remain funny after multiple viewings. Sadly, there can be too much of a good thing and this final entry into the series feels tired, strained and kinda desperate.

Spoof stalwart Leslie Nielsen returns for the last time as Frank Drebin, Police Squad's most decorated officer who is retiring to spend time with his new wife Jane (Priscilla Presley). But Drebin can't ignore the threat of crime for long and after working undercover on behalf of his old buddies Ed Hocken (George Kennedy) and Nordberg (O.J. Simpson), Frank soon finds himself back in the fold and pitching his wits against determined bomber Rocco (Fred Ward) who is planning to blow up a critical target after he escapes from prison. Can Frank get the job done, even with the voluptuous distraction of Rocco's moll Tanya (Anne Nicole Smith)?

The thing with all Naked Gun movies is to not take it seriously and "The Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult" is no exception. It's as daft and stupid as peeing on an electric fence but sadly, the humour isn't quite as successful this time around. There is some noticeable repetition of gags - not just from the earlier movies but also from "Police Squad", the TV show that spawned this franchise - and some of the visual gags felt a little lame. Thank God Nielsen is still on form, perfectly cast as the straight-faced idiot working in his own little world with its own little logic. The rest of the cast simply work alongside him but some seem distracted almost - Smith has little to do besides pout and squeeze into some lingerie while Kathleen Freeman, as the matriarch of Rocco's gang, feels a little wasted.

But despite the flaws and rough edges, there is still a good deal to laugh at and much to savour, as if you're watching aging rockers having one last hurrah before splitting up for good. The magic might have faded a little, the lines in the face are a bit more ragged and the tunes may sound a bit familiar but who cares if you're still having fun? It simply isn't as funny as the two earlier films - that is just the facts - but you can't knock it for lack of effort. But a much-reduced running time and a recycling of old ideas means that The Final Insult feels more like an epilogue instead of a glorious last chapter.

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When the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the Academy Awards show, the projected photos are of Steve Reeves.


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When Frank burps up the shredded pieces of paper you see pieces coming out even though his mouth is almost closed.

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Alternate Versions

A number of scenes were deleted (later added) for network TV viewing. Some of the scenes are:

  • An extended scene of Drebin and Norberg discussing a TV soap opera when Norberg and Ed come to visit.
  • An extra scene at the Karlson Clinic where after Drebin's encounter with the dominatrix, he is shown afterwards in a wheelchair being pushed to the desk by a male nurse (Michael Boatman) who asks him to fill out the visitor forms. When Drebin is writing down his name, he sees Tanya receive a phone call and tries to get near her to listen in. When the male nurse returns, Drebin hides on a gurney covering himself with a sheet and the male nurse inadvertently wheels the gurney into an O.R. which says "penile implants."
  • The scenes of Drebin's arrival undercover at the prison show additional prisoners in cells, including a real lion, and a mime in a cell with no bars and mimicking holding onto the imaginary bars.
  • The scene in the cell with Rocco Dillon and Tyrone where Drebin introduces himself as Nick "The Slasher" McGerk, Junior, II saying that he's killed the previous McGerks and more dialogue of him insulting Rocco.
  • During Drebin's encounter with the big hairy convict in the shower, the hairy convict comments how pretty Drebin is, and Drebin rubs the hairy convict's back with soap as a token of appreciation.
  • Drebin and Rocco's escape tunnel digging is longer, featuring them disposing of the dirt in various jars in the mess hall, as well as feeding it to a long line of convicts during meal times.
  • A scene with Drebin talking with the prison chaplain (Eric Christmas) about his life of crime.
  • An extra scene of the getaway. After Drebin and Rocco accidentally come up under a funeral, they dig more and Drebin sticks his head up on a football field, with the football ready for a free kick right on top of his head.


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