The naked cannon

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German title The naked cannon
Original title The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
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Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1988
length 81 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director David Sugar
script Jerry Zucker ,
Jim Abrahams ,
David Zucker, Pat Proft
production Robert K. Weiss
music Ira Newborn
camera Robert M. Stevens
cut Michael Jablow

Successor  →
The naked cannon 2½

The Naked Cannon is an American slapstick comedy from 1988 and the first of three parts in the film series directed by David Zucker . He wrote the script with his brother Jerry Zucker and colleague Jim Abrahams . The three are also known as ZAZ .

The film emerged from the television series The Naked Gun . As part of the Die-nackte-Kanone series, Zucker later shot Die nackte Kanone 2½ (1991) and Die nackte Kanone 33⅓ (1994). Leslie Nielsen became a well-known film star in German-speaking countries through his role as Frank Drebin in The Naked Cannon .


When Lieutenant Frank Drebin returns to Los Angeles from a vacation in Beirut , his colleague Nordberg is in the hospital. He was on the trail of a drug deal, the backer of which is the industrialist Vincent Ludwig. He plans an assassination attempt on the British Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the USA. During the investigation, however, Drebin is always so clumsy that his superiors soon see him as the greatest danger for the state visit. Drebin, however, is not discouraged by setbacks and even wins Ludwig's secretary Jane Spencer as lover and ally.

A baseball game comes to a showdown: Ludwig has manipulated a baseball player through hypnosis so that he tries to shoot the British Queen on his command. However, Drebin succeeds in stopping the baseball player and - more by accident - kills Vincent Ludwig. In the end, he is celebrated as a hero, but not without giving his recently recovered colleague Nordberg a hospital stay in a final act of nonsense.


  • Weird Al Yankovic plays himself in a brief guest role.
  • The then professional baseball player Reggie Jackson played the hypnotic assassin on the baseball field .
  • John Houseman , who played the driving instructor, was in front of the camera for the last time and died shortly after the filming.
  • When Frank searches his refrigerator, he finds something that expired in June 1982. This corresponds to the year of publication of The Naked Pistol .
  • Every time Frank parks his car, there is an accident, usually absurd.
  • In the butcher shop scene, the scene from the movie Batman , which was running parallel in the cinema at the time, is satirized in which Jack Napier (later the Joker ) falls into an acid tank and sticks his hand out of the liquid (the signet ring that can be seen "lands" in one Hot dog that Ludwig is served at the end of the ballpark).
  • In the German version of the film, a black man is asked for his personal details by a police officer. He answers: "Whity Weißmann". This dialogue is missing in the English version of the film.
  • The assassin's post-hypnotic activation is a parody of the film Telefon .


The film received mostly positive reviews, earning an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , based on 51 reviews. At Metacritic one could Metascore of 76, based on 13 reviews, can be achieved.

“The plot triggers a fireworks display of slapstick gags, absurd parodies and spoofs of successful film and television genres. Not always subtle and tasteful, but incredibly funny. "

The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating "valuable".


The film was dubbed by the Berliner Synchron Wenzel Lüdecke company. Arne Elsholtz is responsible for the diaglogbook and direction .

figure actor Voice actor
Lt. Frank Drebin Leslie Nielsen Horst Schön
Jane Spencer Priscilla Presley Uta Hallant
Captain Ed Squat George Kennedy Horst Niendorf
Nordberg OJ Simpson Arne Elsholtz
Mayoress Nancy Marchand Bettina Schön
Dominique Charlotte Sugar Christel Merian
Driving instructor John Houseman Hans W. Hamacher
Mrs. Nordberg Susan Beaubian Cornelia Meinhardt
Official of the Angels Tony Criscione Alexander Duke
Papshmir Raye Birk Klaus Jepsen
Ted Olsen Ed Williams Eric Vaessen
Coach of the Angels Lawrence Tierney Otto Czarski
Susan Pamela Sue Martin Joseline Gassen
Vincent Ludwig Ricardo Montalbán Christian Rode

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Age rating for The Naked Cannon . Youth Media Commission (  TV version).
  2. Blicker-Dielmann, Alexander: Together lonely television: an investigation into the influence of social cues on film reception . Diplomica-Verlag, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-8428-5349-2 , p. 49 .
  3. The naked cannon at Rotten Tomatoes (English)
  4. The naked cannon at Metacritic (English)
  5. The naked cannon. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
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