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Top Secret! (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  8 June 1984 (USA)
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Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

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This time Zucker and Abrams are spoofing, most notably, Elvis films and WWII spy movies. Val Kilmer stars as Nick Rivers, a handsome American 50s-style rock and roll singer. While performing in East Germany, he falls in love with a beautiful heroine and becomes involved with the French Resistance. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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SEK 3,076,942 (Sweden)
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Michael Gough later played Alfred Pennyworth to Val Kilmer's Batman in Batman Forever (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Deja-Vu checks his big Rolex, the time in close-up is 7:22, but in the wide shot it's 7:17. See more »

Quotes

Nick Rivers: Martin, I've been practicing. How this?
Nick Rivers: Ist Ihr Tochter achtzehn, bitte?
Martin: What does that mean?
Nick Rivers: Is your daughter eighteen?
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This Space For Rent [ this is in the middle of an otherwise blank screen ] See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Nukie (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

SPEND THIS NIGHT WITH ME
Music by Mike Moran
Lyrics by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker
Produced by Mike Moran
Performed by Val Kilmer
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Batman meets Alfred!
14 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In his first leading role, Val Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, an Elvis like pop star sent to Germany on a good will tour as a fill in for Leonard Bernstein. Once there he gets caught up in all sorts of misadventures that lead to him being a part of the French under ground resistance. Lucy Gutteridge is his German lover.

An often overlooked - maybe even misunderstood - film from the Zucker/Abrams/Zucker team (who gave us "Airplane!") the film takes pot shots at "The Man Who Knew Too Much", pintos, rock 'n roll, Nazis, and other various spy movies with more gags than you can shake a stick at. A hilarious romp of madness.

Val himself is pretty funny here, managing to both wink and not wink at the camera as he is placed in a number of absurd situations. Also interesting of note is that this one features Michael Gough, who would later play Alfred in the Batman series, and Val himself would later play Batman.


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