The Naked Gun 22: The Smell of Fear

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  • Comedy
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In this deliriously silly sequel to the marvellously tasteless juvenilia of Lieutenant Frank Drebin's first chaotic outing on the big screen, Drebin (Nielsen) is out to foil a conspiracy designed to prevent wheelchair-bound conservationist Dr Meinheimer (Griffiths) from influencing George Bush's energy policy. The fact that the plotters' leader Hapsburg (Goulet) is dating Drebin's old flame Jane (Presley) only complicates matters further. Thus is the scene set for romantic agony, moral dilemma, profound ecological controversy, and the most tuneless caterwauling heard in a movie since the last instalment. A corny cornucopia of cop-saga clich├ęs, Zucker's film is a sublimely free-wheeling parody of every ridiculous matter-of-life-and-death scene ever to appear in a crime thriller. A minor masterpiece of infantile idiocy.

Release details

Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Zucker
Screenwriter: David Zucker, Pat Proft
Cast: Leslie Nielsen
Priscilla Presley
George Kennedy
OJ Simpson
Robert Goulet
Richard Griffiths
Jacqueline Brookes
Lloyd Bochner
Anthony James