The second film based on the “Police Squad” TV series, Naked Gun 2 1/2 finds bumbling cop Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) out to foil the big boys in the energy industry, who intend to suppress technology that will put them out of business. As always, the jokes (and sight gags) fly like gunfire! Also returning from the first film are Priscilla Presley and George Kennedy.
With his younger brother Jerry and high school pal Jim Abrahams, David Zucker is responsible for a series of corny, but often hilarious, spoofs of popular movie genres. The Zucker brothers first collaborated on comic Super-8 films they made as they were growing up in suburban Wisconsin. After completing studies at the University of Wisconsin, he and his brother teamed with Abrahams to form the multi-media troupe Kentucky Fried Theater, which combined live-action with video and film. Relocating to L.A. in 1972, the trio opened a West Coast branch of their show and over a four year period became a critical and audience success.
The three raised enough money to finance a collection of short parodies that became the raunchy indie “The Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977). The team, often referred to as ZAZ, first enjoyed mainstream success with “Airplane!” (1980), a gag-filled parody of disaster epics that successfully cast such stalwarts as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack and… read more