The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Continuity mistake: At the conference, when the President is announced, there is a wide shot of the crowd and you see a lot of people standing in the background against the wall. There are also several spotlights turned on. Then it cuts to the stage where Frank and the squad are walking. When it cuts back to the crowd all the people in the background are gone and the spotlights are switched off. The crowd reappears later and the spotlights are on again. (01:00:50)


Continuity mistake: When Frank is driving the tank, a dog house is connected to the tank with a chain. You can see the chain is connected inside the dog house. When it cuts the chain is connected to the corner of the dog house. (00:32:30)


Visible crew/equipment: Crew member visible in the lower left corner operating "Hector Savage" when he is swelling up with the water. (00:47:50)


Deliberate mistake: When Ed's looking at the drawings done by the sketch artist near the start, he's flipping over a book of them. Trouble is that they all end up facing the camera, meaning that Ed must have been looking at the blank side - we see the blank pages briefly as he flips them. (00:14:30)

Jon Sandys Premium member

Revealing mistake: About half an hour into the movie, when Frank is in the tank, he plows into a supposedly concrete zoo wall, which wobbles. Also, the wall splinters where it meets the sidewalk, revealing that the "wall" is actually a wood prop, and a flimsy one at that. Five seconds later, when people and animals are shown running out, the same wall is shown with a different shaped hole and pieces of concrete lying around it. Apparently the concrete pieces aren't too real either, as the camel kicks one around as easy as if it were made of foam. (00:30:25)

Continuity mistake: When Frank and Jane are trying to stop the atomic bomb, Frank's jacket is aspired by the mechanism. He's still wearing his jacket when he is on the stage making a speech. (01:16:45)

Dr Wilson

Audio problem: Just after Quentin Hapsburg is accused as a criminal at the president Bush reception by Captain Ed Hocken, Frank opens his mariachi disguise and says "Let's go". In the version dubbed to Spanish, Frank loses his voice when he pronounces this words.

Revealing mistake: When Frank drops his helmet into the machinery below him, cogwheels start flying. Then it cuts to a closeup of Frank and a cogwheel suddenly strikes the roof right in front of him. However it is obvious that the cogwheel comes through the roof from above and not from the machinery below. (00:15:05)


Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, Frank kisses and old woman by accident during his speech. The woman disappears during a few shots and reappears on the balcony. (01:19:35)

Dr Wilson
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Suggested correction: The old woman, Barbara Bush, is simply off camera standing next to her husband, George Bush. She had plenty of time to step back to be next to him when we get a shot of Jane. The balcony scene isn't a continuous shot though. And she's back because she's with George Bush on the balcony.


Continuity mistake: The red Ford van the bomber drives (I think Econoline) changes to the different year's model in the middle. You can see this difference by watching the seal 'FORD' in front of the van.

Continuity mistake: When Frank is fighting with Savage in the bathroom, he gets a towel thrown on his head. When he pulls the towel off his hair is messed up. When you see him again a second later, his hair is neatly combed (but with no particular reference to it as a joke, unlike towards the end when he miraculously gets clean and acts surprised). (00:47:05)

Continuity mistake: When Frank goes to the bar depressed after meeting Jane again, the establishing shot shows four portraits. The two middle ones change when the waiter appears.

Revealing mistake: When Frank and Hector are fighting near the fire hose, Frank is pushed into the wall. It wobbles.

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Continuity mistake: When the guard is reading the tabloid paper, he has it fully open (so that he's holding the back page in his right hand) and starts to turn the page. In the next shot, when he's startled, all of the suddenly the paper is closed so that the "spine" is now in his right hand.


Factual error: The movie takes place in Washington D.C, however near the end on the roof, a warehouse in the background says "Van Nuys", which is in California.

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Factual error: The movie takes place in Washington D.C, however the sequence with Hector Savage held up at his house was filmed in Los Angeles. This is obvious as the sequence features palm trees, and mountains are visible at times.

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Frank: That's the red-light district. I wonder why Savage is hanging around down there.
Ed: Sex, Frank?
Frank: Uh, no, not right now, Ed. We've got work to do.

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Trivia: Parody singer Weird Al Yankovic had cameo appearances in all three of "The Naked Gun" movies, but in this one he was in an 'unrecognizable' role; namely as the thug who holds the Police Squad at gunpoint until Frank opens the door, inadvertently knocking him out.

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Question: During the scene when Frank and Jane are making a clay pot, what caused the potter's wheel to go berserk and splatter them with clay? (00:50:18)

Answer: The foot pedal controls the speed of the wheel. Frank puts his foot on top of Jane's foot and pushes the pedal down all the way. The rapid acceleration and the fact they took their hands off the clay caused it to go everywhere.


Wouldn't that hurt Jane as Frank's foot is applying pressure to hers while pressing down on the pedal?

Not really, you can see his foot gently presses on top of hers, and both their feet cause the pedal to slope towards the floor, which would decrease the amount of pressure Frank's foot applies to Jane's. On top of that, different people have different pain thresholds.

Phaneron Premium member

This is not exactly related to the question asked, but part of the scene that I could never really figure out. It showed that Jane made something in the shape of a square out of a piece of clay. What did she make and how could she have made it in only seconds with her eyes closed? I also don't quite understand how the clay could've possibly gotten to where she obtained it to begin with (asking in a way of abiding by the guidelines).

The scene cuts to them shaping clay without showing any of the set up. So we don't see how it got to that point, so she didn't do it in a second with her eyes closed. It's just a parody of the scene from "Ghost." In real life, using a clay wheel makes shaping clay faster, although it takes practice. If you put your hand, or a tool, on top and press down, you create a hole (which we aren't shown). It looks like Jane is just making a vase.


I really apologize, but I was referring to after the vase was inadvertently destroyed. It was after Frank apparently had a bodybuilder's physique (which was an obvious body double joke). Then it showed Jane making something out of clay in such a short time with her eyes closed. So sorry about that. Thank you for the reply.

The fact she made it so quickly was a gag, but she makes an ashtray. I would say the joke about that is people will often smoke after sex (or there's a perceived joke they do). It seems the clay comes off Frank's body, like it was there when the clay went everywhere.


Thank you very much. Yes, I never could get that part of the joke no matter how many times I have watched it. Thanks again for the help.

Answer: It wouldn't take a lot of pressure to operate the pedal, probably less than a car's accelerator.

Brian Katcher
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