David Zucker | 85 mins | Blu-ray | 1.78:1 | USA / English | 15 / PG-13
Classic spoof from the makers of Airplane! As with that flight-based funny, it seems unlikely I hadn’t seen it ’til now… barring parts caught on TV, which fortunately didn’t dent the overall humour.
Time has arguably blunted it slightly, however: a meeting of anti-American leaders is tinged by most since dying. Era-specific jokes are few, instead offering the usual Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker mix of slapstick, visual puns and wordplay.
Note there’s a not-readily-available extended TV version with more gags. Some sound better than those in this cut!
Still, if gag-based comedy is your bag, there are few finer than Police Squad’s finest.
The Naked Gun is on Film4 HD at 11:25pm tonight. I have no idea if they show the extended TV version over here.
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