Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
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|Naked Gun 33⅓:
The Final Insult
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Segal|
|Based on||Police Squad!
by Jim Abrahams
|Music by||Ira Newborn|
|Cinematography||Robert M. Stevens|
|Edited by||James R. Symons|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$51.1 million|
The "33⅓" in the title is a reference to the number of revolutions per minute at which long playing (LP) phonograph records play. The film was originally going to be titled The Naked Gun 33⅓: Just for the Record, but was changed after the studio felt that audiences would not get the joke. It was also going to simply be titled The Naked Gun 3: The Final Insult, according to some Christmas 1993 video previews.
Leslie Nielsen returns as Lieutenant Frank Drebin (his original character from Police Squad!), along with Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer Drebin, O. J. Simpson (his last film released before the notorious murders and his subsequent trial) as Officer Nordberg and George Kennedy as Captain Ed Hocken. Newcomers to the series Fred Ward, Anna Nicole Smith, and Kathleen Freeman co-star as a gang of bombers set to blow up the Academy Awards ceremony. Raye Birk reprises his role as the villainous "Pahpshmir" from The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!.
Frank Drebin has retired from Police Squad and lives a seemingly happy life with his wife, Jane Spencer-Drebin. Under the surface, Frank is unfulfilled acting as a househusband and he and Jane attend marriage counseling. Six months after Frank's retirement he is visited by Ed Hocken and Nordberg, who ask for Frank's help with an investigation. Police Squad has caught wind that infamous bomber Rocco Dillon, who is currently incarcerated, has been hired by terrorists to conduct a major bombing against the United States. Frank remembers Rocco's girlfriend Tanya Peters from an investigation years ago and agrees to help Ed and Nordberg by visiting the clinic Peters works at. Frank, in disguise, visits the clinic and writes Peters' address on a handkerchief but loses it before he can give it to Ed. Jane comes home to an exhausted Frank and accuses him of doing police work again. Frank lies and swears he's having an affair, but Jane doesn't believe him and moves out of their house. With nothing else to lose, Frank volunteers to go undercover in prison to befriend Dillon and learn the details of the bombing.
Frank is put in Rocco's cell in prison and adopts the name Nick "The Slasher" McGuirk. He wins Rocco's trust after protecting their escape plan from a guard and causing a riot. Rocco and Frank dig a tunnel out of their cell and escape, being picked up on the outside by Rocco's mother Muriel. At Rocco's hideout Frank attempts to get information on the bombing out of Rocco and his mother, but they are distrustful of him and refuse to tell him the details. In the meantime, Jane and her friend Louise are on a road trip together when Jane discovers the handkerchief with Tonya Peters' address on it. Believing Frank was being truthful about the affair, Jane decides to drive cross-country to the address to find Frank. When she arrives Frank answers the door and must quickly cover for her, he convinces the Dillons that Jane is a random stranger but that they should keep her alive as a hostage. Rocco finally reveals his plan to Frank: the bomb is to be set off at this year's Academy Award ceremony, with the bomb hidden in the envelope with the nomination of the Best Picture category and triggered when the card is pulled out.
At the awards ceremony, Frank traps Rocco's mother in the car and sneaks into the show with Jane to search for the bomb. Frank and Jane separate and frantically begin searching for the bomb, with Frank inflicting his usual chaos on stage during the show. However, Frank and Jane are unable to find the bomb before the nomination for Best Picture has begun. Frank bursts onto the stage and awkwardly tries to prevent the detonation of the bomb but creates a stalemate with Rocco. Frank manages to drop an electronic sign which takes out Muriel. A desperate Rocco decides to detonate the bomb to follow his mother, but Frank manages to catapult Rocco and the bomb offstage into the catwalks above. Frank snares Rocco with a rubber cable and slings him through the roof of the arena with the bomb pulled out. Rocco crashes into Papshmir's private helicopter overhead and the bomb explodes, killing both. Frank and Jane reaffirm their love under the applause of the awarding audience and viewers worldwide. Nine months later, Frank and Nordberg rush into the pediatric ward to witness the birth of Frank's child but run into the wrong delivery room. Seeing that the baby is African-American, Frank assumes Nordberg is responsible and angrily chases him. Just after they leave Ed comes out of another hospital room with Jane, who is holding their real baby.
- Leslie Nielsen as Lieutenant Frank Drebin
- Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer
- George Kennedy as Captain Ed Hocken
- O. J. Simpson as Detective Nordberg
- Fred Ward as Rocco Dillion
- Kathleen Freeman as Muriel
- Anna Nicole Smith as Tanya Peters
- Ellen Greene as Louise
- Ed Williams as Ted Olsen
- Raye Birk as Papshmir
- James Earl Jones as Himself
- Olympia Dukakis as Herself
- Raquel Welch as Herself
- Joe Grifasi as Director
- Bill Erwin as Conductor
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as Himself
- Vanna White as Herself
- Pia Zadora as Herself
- Mary Lou Retton as Herself
This is the only film in the series to be directed by Peter Segal, rather than David Zucker, who instead received credit for writing the screenplay. Similar to the previous entry in the series, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker did not write the film's script, but both returned as executive producers and received writing credits due to their contributions to Police Squad! and the first film.
Several scenes had been planned for the earlier films but cut out. The opening sequence had been planned for the first film. The scene where Frank and Jane get married, then drive off with Nordberg on the back of the car, was shot for the second film. In the latter, the car being driven is the electric car featured in the second film.
In the opening scene at the train station, the woman with the baby carriage who is assisted by Frank Drebin is played by Susan Breslau, the sister of Jerry and David Zucker.
The dream sequence parodies the train-station shoot-out from the 1987 film The Untouchables, which is itself a homage to the "Odessa Steps" montage in Sergei Eisenstein's famous 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin.
Director Peter Segal, in addition to playing the producer of Sawdust and Mildew, also has several minor roles in the film (mostly in voiceover):
- The voice of the suicide bomber in The Untouchables (1987) parody at the start of the film.
- The voice of the KSAD deejay.
- The ADR'ed scream of the inmate escaping prison by pole-vaulting.
- The real Phil Donahue, before Frank knocks him out and takes his place.
- The voice of the man shouting "Stop the stairs, Joey!" at the Academy Awards.
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult received mixed reviews from critics. The film holds a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10, with the critical consensus reading, "Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult can't help but be sporadically funny thanks to Leslie Nielsen's dependably solid work, but it's still a steep comedown from the original." Peter Rainer of the Los Angeles Times praised the opening sequence, which parodied The Untouchables, and the climax at the Academy Awards, but felt the middle was uninspired, and that the film overall had too little plotting and relied too much on comedy without the romantic or action elements of the previous films. Others felt that the humor was weak and too similar to that of the previous films. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, which is the same rating he gave to The Naked Gun 2½.
The movie won two Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Supporting Actor for O.J. Simpson and Worst New Star for Anna Nicole Smith.
The film made over US$51 million domestically according to Box Office Mojo. That more than exceeded its estimate US$30 million production budget. However, this would be the lowest-grossing film of the Naked Gun series. Still, 33⅓ managed to grab the #1 weekend box office title in the U.S. during its opening weekend (the other Naked Guns did as well).
Numerous celebrities have cameo appearances in the film, both in credited and uncredited roles.
- Diahann Carroll – uncredited
- Shannen Doherty – uncredited
- Vic Damone – uncredited
- Olympia Dukakis
- Morgan Fairchild – uncredited
- Elliott Gould
- Mariel Hemingway – uncredited
- Florence Henderson
- James Earl Jones
- Mary Lou Retton
- Raquel Welch
- Vanna White
- "Weird Al" Yankovic (previously appeared in The Naked Gun as himself and in The Naked Gun 2½ as the police station thug)
- Pia Zadora
As minor characters:
- Joe Grifasi as the director of the Academy Awards (previously appeared as the Pier 32 Dockman in The Naked Gun)
- Ann B. Davis as "Alice" from The Brady Bunch (credited as playing herself)
- Marc Alaimo as the trucker
- R. Lee Ermey (The Gunny) as the mess hall guard – uncredited
- Bill Erwin as the Orchestra Conductor at the Academy Awards
- Julie Strain as the dominatrix
- Rosalind Allen as Bobbi the Soap Opera Actress
- Earl Boen as Dr. Eisendrath
- Robert K. Weiss as Tuba Player
- Peter Segal, Robert LoCash and William Kerr as producers of Sawdust and Mildew
- Paul Feig as Oscars audience member
- Tim Bohn as Waldo
- Timothy Watters as Bill Clinton
- Eugene Greytak as Pope John Paul II
- Randall "Tex" Cobb as Big Hairy Con
- Doris Belack as Dr. Roberts
- Lois de Banzie as Dr. Kohlzac
- Chrissy Bocchino as Mother Teresa 
An image used on the promotional poster for the film parodies a famous portrait photograph by Annie Leibovitz which was featured on the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The original photograph showed a pregnant, nude Demi Moore, and the parody photograph showed Leslie Nielsen in a similar pose. Leibovitz sued Paramount for copyright infringement; the Second Circuit deemed the use to be protected under fair use because of its transformative parodic purpose.
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