Legendary writer, director, producer and honorary chair of this year’s Beloit International Film Festival, will bring BIFF 2013 to a close with a special appearance and presentation of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!.
Zucker will be on hand to introduce his 1988 pioneering work in film comedy and to answer questions following the film.
The annual First National Bank & Trust Classic Film presentation:
- Sunday, Feb. 17,
- 2:30 p.m.
- The Eclipse Center in Beloit.
- Admission is free.
This is the first film in the Naked Gun franchise and features an all-star cast. A re-run of many of the gags from the original TV series “Police Squad,” it is a spoof of the sort that Zucker launched with his first dry comedy hit, Airplane. The main figure is the incompetent Lt. Frank Drebin who always “gets his man.” It is difficult to keep up with the Visual gags that come thick and fast. The plot is built around an attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth II during an American visit using a brainwashed baseball player. The cast includes Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban and O.J. Simpson among others.
One of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers, Zucker’s worldwide box office hits include Airplane!, Ruthless People, Phone Booth, A Walk In the Clouds, and the record-breaking Naked Gun and Scary Movie franchises. The Wisconsin native recruited his brother Jerry, and friends to join him in creating the Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison before moving the company to Los Angeles in 1972. The Zucker team conceived the idea that would create a whole new film genre with Airplane! By breaking all conventions and featuring dramatic actors performing hair-brained dialogue with straight-laced sincerity.