The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)


David Zucker directs Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and Ricardo Montalbán in this spoof of cops shows. 

I loved this as a kid. I like it now. The inspired police siren credit sequence alone evokes waves of pleasing nostalgia – 10 year old me banging my VHS copy, longplay recorded off the telly, on for the hundredth time, no doubt with a Club bar and packet of Salt and Vinegar crisps to hand. Colourful, jaunty and with enough confidently sustained dumb jokes thrown against the wall that you don’t notice the low hit rate. The straight faced pairing of Neilsen (adorable) and Presley (something a whole lot more than adorable) manages to whack a fair few extra low balls out of the park. The finale is actually quite intense. Silly, silly movie.


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