The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

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

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.7/10 (39,029 voted)

Director: David Zucker

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy

Lt. Frank Drebbin returns to save the day once again. This time he's out to foil the "big boys" in the energy business. A top scientist (Dr Mainheimer) is about to publish his report on energy supply for the future. Things don't look good for the traditional suppliers; oil, coal and nuclear. To save their industries, the suppliers kidnap Mainheimer and replace him with a decoy with a more favourable report. Jane, the Dr's secretary, is Drebbin's old flame; they're passionate love affair is thus rekindled.

Writers: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Leslie Nielsen - Det. Lt. Frank Drebin
Priscilla Presley - Jane Spencer
George Kennedy - Det. Captain Ed Hocken
O.J. Simpson - Det. Nordberg
Robert Goulet - Quentin Hapsburg
Richard Griffiths - Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer / Earl Hacker
Jacqueline Brookes - Commissioner Anabell Brumford
Anthony James - Hector Savage
Lloyd Bochner - Terence Baggett
Tim O'Connor - Donald Fenswick
Peter Mark Richman - Arthur Dunwell
Ed Williams - Ted Olsen
John Roarke - President George Bush
Margery Ross - First Lady Barbara Bush
Peter Van Norden - Chief of Staff John Sununu

Taglines: The sequel so big, they had to add a half

Release Date: 28 June 1991

Filming Locations: 1400 Tower Grove Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,800,000 (USA) (30 June 1991)

Gross: $86,930,411 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The pictures displayed in the Loser's Bar include: the Hindenburg, the RMS Lusitania sinking (often confused with the Titanic), the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Ford Edsel, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Hubble Space Telescope (considered a failure at the time), Neville Chamberlain and Michael Dukakis.

Revealing mistakes: During the shootout on the roof, the number of shots exchanged by Frank and the gunman far exceeds the capacity of either of their pistols.

Quentin Hapsburg: Do you gamble?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Every time I order out.

User Review

Great "Gun"s!

Rating: 10/10

Leave it to the ZAZ boys (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker) to bring back the stupidity, insanity and downright madness of Leslie Nielsen and company while also deflating cop films, government conspiracies the movie "Ghost" and the grace of ballroom dancing.

In "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear", Det. Frank Drebin (Nielsen) and his fellow cop cronies (Kennedy, Simpson) discover the lovely Jane (Presley) while protecting energy expert Professor Mainheimer (Griffiths) from evil guy Quentin Hapsburg (Goulet!) and his nefarious plans....

But you don't care about the plot, do you? No, and well you shouldn't; the gags are the thing in these films and they not only come fast and furious but wild and wooly, down and dirty and good and dumb.

Just the way I like them.

You'll lose count of the sight gags, double over at the double-entendres and guffaw at the puns and wonder, thought it all, why it is that all sequels can't be as good as this. Especially sequels that contain Barabara Bush abuse.

Another good case, Drebin!

Ten stars and a gold copy of "Unchained Melody" for "The Naked Gun 2 1/2", where "Fear" never "Smell"ed so funny.


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