[intro-text size=”25px”]Twice a month, Cleveland Cinemas plays host to the Late Shift Series, a collection of classic and beloved films that have achieved cult status among fanatic cinephiles. Teaming up with Melt Bar & Grilled, the Cedar Lee and Capitol theaters bring us the chance to watch our favorite flicks up on the big screen in all of their intended glory.[/intro-text]
This weekend, if anyone can solve the case… so can Frank!
Saturday June 20th at midnight, Capitol Theater is putting out an APB for area goofballs when they screen the 1988 classic comedy spoof The Naked Gun. If you’ve never seen it, you’ve likely never heard of the 1982 short lived 6 episode television show it was based on– Police Squad., from the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams, the people that brought us Airplane and two more Naked Gun movies. The film, like the show before it, is an outrageous blend of crime noir and slapstick absurdity.
The late great Leslie Nielsen stars as Lieutenant Frank Drebin on the case of who put his partner Nordberg in the hospital (with the infamous O.J. Simpson as Nordberg… yes that O.J.). But things take a nefarious, hilarious turn when a bigger plot is revealed, and Drebin soon has to foil a brainwash assassination attempt on Queen Elizabeth II, orchestrated by rich villain Victor Ludwig (the legendary Ricardo Montalban). Along the way, the stakes are raised when Drebin falls for one of Ludwig’s employees, Jane Spencer, played by Elvis’ gorgeous ex-wife Priscilla Presley. Frank and Jane’s first date is summed up in one of the funniest movie montages of all time.
While this all may sound like your standard fare, every twenty seconds there is at least one over the top, laugh out loud joke, so frequent that you can’t possibly catch all the gags and fully absorb the plot in one viewing. The Naked Gun often plays like a live-action cartoon, with some of the zaniest antics and set pieces you’ll ever see on film. Despite being our lovable hero, Frank Drebin comes off as a clumsy, short-sighted, incompetent buffoon unworthy of the badge, which he is- but he always catches his man. If you’re in the mood for some laughs, you can catch The Naked Gun.
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