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The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 9 May 1980 (USA)
Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

Mel Brooks (characters), Buck Henry (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Adams ... Maxwell Smart
Sylvia Kristel ... Agent 34
Rhonda Fleming ... Edith Von Secondberg
Dana Elcar ... Chief
Pamela Hensley ... Agent 36
Andrea Howard Andrea Howard ... Agent 22
Norman Lloyd ... Carruthers
Bill Dana ... Jonathan Levinson Seigle
Gary Imhoff ... Jerry Krovney
Sarah Rush ... Pam Krovney
Vittorio Gassman ... Sauvage / Nino Salvatori Sebastiani
Walter Brooke ... American Ambassador
Thomas Hill ... President
Ceil Cabot Ceil Cabot ... Landlady
Joey Forman ... Agent 13
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Storyline

An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

Would you believe... Maxwell Smart goes undercover to expose a plot to make the world naked? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Maxwell Smart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,565,066, 11 May 1980

Gross USA:

$14,662,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,662,035
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only "Get Smart" production that does not include the "Get Smart" phrase wording in its title. Even its television title "The Return of Maxwell Smart" did not have the "Get Smart" phrase. All other "Get Smart" TV series and movies have included the words "Get Smart". See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene at the movie set back-lot, Sebastiani fires one shot, but two bullet holes appear in the set. See more »

Quotes

Sauvage: Calm down, dear Nino. I don't understand this outburst. You've become highly irrational since that explosion in your laboratory. You lost your eye, your arm, your leg, your larynx. What's wrong with you?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

In an overzealous attempt to soothe offended censors, several seemingly innocuous lines were dubbed when first broadcast on television including:
  • In the original version of a scene where Max and 22 interrogate a hospital patient who has trouble speaking, the patient whispers in Max's ear and 22 asks what he said - "He asked me to take my hand off his groin," Max replies. When the patient whispers in his ear again and 22 asks what he said, Max replies "He wants you to put YOUR hand on his groin." In the television version "gown" is replaced for groin in both lines.
  • In the original version of a scene where Max drags 22 by her legs out of a collapsing room (because she's seemingly paralyzed), she says "Max, I think I'm getting some feeling down there!" Max replies, "There's no time for that now, 22." In the television version, Max simply replies "That a girl."
  • Most oddly, in the original scene where Max accidentally discharges his gun when slipping it down the front of his pants, he looks down his pants and utters his trademark "Missed it by THAT much." In the edited version, he now says "Missed the bone by that much," which certainly sounds a whole lot dirtier!
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Connections

Referenced in Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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Would you believe... a funny but disappointing "Get Smart" followup
11 November 2001 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

"Get Smart" is an often very funny TV series that aired in the late '60s that can be seen in syndication (it currently airs on the TV Land Channel). It's a spy spoof created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry and starred Don Adams as Agent 86 Maxwell Smart, the clumsy spy who Lt. Frank Drebin (of TV's "Police Squad!" and "The Naked Gun" movies) can easily relate to. "Police Squad!" was a flop on television (lasting only 6 episodes) but it was loyally supported and as a result led to three successful theatrical movies. Before "Police Squad!" was created, the "Get Smart" series did the same thing. The final result was the other way around. "Get Smart" was a success, lasting five seasons on the tube (1965-70) and winning Emmys as Best Comedy Series twice and Adams winning Best Actor in a Comedy Series three consecutive times. Then ten years after "Get Smart" went off the air, several Hollywood writers and producers (Mel Brooks was not one of them) tried to do justice to the TV show by reviving it as a big theatrical movie. This concept didn't work however. "The Nude Bomb" was the big screen spinoff of "Get Smart". Although I found it to be occasionally funny, it comes off rather disappointing. First of all, Barbara Feldon (who played Smart's sidekick and wife Agent 99) does not appear in this film and her presence is sorely missed. The relationship between Agents 86 and 99 was one of the reasons why "Get Smart" worked so well. Second of all, where's the old "Get Smart" music theme at? That classic theme music that plays during the opening credits of every "Get Smart" episode is nowhere to be found in this movie. I love that theme! How could the filmmakers not put it in this movie? And third of all, where are those KAOS villains Siegried and Starker? Instead, "The Nude Bomb" features new characters that for the most part don't come off well. The plot of the film is about a new KAOS villain who hatches a plan to make the world naked by destroying all the clothing, and it's up to Agent 86 to stop him. Maxwell Smart's sidekicks this time include not one but three new female agents (Agents 22, 34, and 36). The Chief this time is played by Dana Elcar (TV's "MacGyver"), and here it's understandable why a different actor is playing the Chief. Edward Platt, who played the Chief on "Get Smart" died a couple of years after the show's run ended. But the other actors who played their characters to great lengths on "Get Smart" should have been a part of this movie instead of these new characters. That doesn't make sense. Adams plays a great comic character once again, and he carries "The Nude Bomb" singlehandedly. That's not enough. He needed his "Get Smart" co-stars badly in this movie. Though those famous lines that Smart always said on the show ("Sorry about that Chief!", "Would you believe...", and "Missed it by that much!") are still intact. Those are good for some laughs. "The Nude Bomb" has funny moments, but missing elements keep this from being the laugh riot comedy that it should have been. That's a crime! And a shame!

** (out of four)


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