David Zucker

Biography: The Wisconsin-born and educated David Zucker, with his brother, Jerry, and Jim Abrahams, worked with the improvisational Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, WI, before coming to movies in 1977 with Kentucky Fried Movie, a dazzlingly funny satire of movies, television, and popular culture. Written, produced, and directed by the trio, Kentucky Fried Movie became an unexpected success. They followed this up three years later with the monster hit Airplane!, a brutally funny take-off of disaster movies that not only brought an end to that genre, but made the trio into one of the hottest teams in screen comedy. Top Secret! (1984) wasn't nearly as successful, although it did make a profit. However, Ruthless People (1986) was a hit. During the early '80s, the Zuckers were responsible for a short-lived cop show parody called Police Squad, starring Leslie Nielsen, a one-time dramatic film actor who had emerged as a comedy star in Airplane! The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police SquadThe Wisconsin-born and educated David Zucker, with his brother, Jerry, and Jim Abrahams, worked with the improvisational Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, WI, before coming to movies in 1977 with Kentucky Fried Movie, a dazzlingly funny satire of movies, television, and popular culture. Written, produced, and directed by the trio, Kentucky Fried Movie became an unexpected success. They followed this up three years later with the monster hit Airplane!, a brutally funny take-off of disaster movies that not only brought an end to that genre, but made the trio into one of the hottest teams in screen comedy. Top Secret! (1984) wasn't nearly as successful, although it did make a profit. However, Ruthless People (1986) was a hit. During the early '80s, the Zuckers were responsible for a short-lived cop show parody called Police Squad, starring Leslie Nielsen, a one-time dramatic film actor who had emerged as a comedy star in Airplane! The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988) was borne from the Police Squad parody and proved a monster hit; this was followed by Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). Expand

David Zucker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 49
Highest Metascore: 78 Airplane!
Lowest Metascore: 11 Scary Movie 5
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
18 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
11 Scary Movie 5 Apr 12, 2013 Producer / Producer / Writer / Writer / Written By / Written By 4.8
20 An American Carol Oct 3, 2008 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Written By / Written By 8.2
33 Superhero Movie Mar 28, 2008 Producer 5.5
40 Scary Movie 4 Apr 14, 2006 Director 5.8
49 Scary Movie 3 Oct 24, 2003 Director 6.8
15 My Boss's Daughter Aug 22, 2003 Director 6.0
56 Phone Booth Apr 4, 2003 Producer / Producer 7.4
38 BASEketball Jul 31, 1998 Director / Producer / Written By 7.4
33 High School High Oct 25, 1996 Producer / Producer / Written By / Written By 6.3
54 A Walk in the Clouds Aug 11, 1995 Producer 7.3
63 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Mar 18, 1994 Producer / Writer / Written By 6.9
44 Brain Donors Apr 17, 1992 Executive Producer tbd
65 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Jun 28, 1991 Director / Writer / Written By 7.3
76 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Dec 2, 1988 Director / Executive Producer / Writer / Written By 8.6
78 Ruthless People Jun 27, 1986 Director 8.8
68 Top Secret! Jun 8, 1984 Director / Executive Producer / Written By 7.1
78 Airplane! Jul 2, 1980 Director / Director / Executive Producer / Executive Producer / Written For The Screen By / Written For The Screen By tbd
61 The Kentucky Fried Movie Aug 10, 1977 Written By / Man (Segment "His New Car")/Technician #2 (Segment "Eyewitness News")/Grunwald (Segment "Courtroom") tbd