Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1988. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Pat Proft, based on the television series Police Squad by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens. Produced by Robert K. Weiss. Music by Ira Newborn. Production Design by John J. Lloyd. Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt. Film Editing by Michael Jablow.
The first entry of the popular comedy series is definitely the best. Based on the television show Police Squad!, it actually achieved much more fame as a film series than it ever did on the small screen. Leslie Nielsen is terrific as the deadpan policeman who somehow manages to solve cases without any credible wit. His current assignment is to prevent an attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth II, who is coming to his city for a visit and will be a pretty easy target the whole time. The evil villain (Ricardo Montalban) who is planning to kill her has been brainwashing an unsuspecting baseball player to do the deed during a high-profile game. Priscilla Presley also stars in this terrific spoof that features lots of silly gags, and for the most part they’re very funny.