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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 <>

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Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Top Secret  »

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SEK 3,076,942 (Sweden)

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The waiter who asks if Nick is ready to order, ostensibly in German, is actually using the Yiddish curse "go take a s**t in the ocean". See more »


When Nick enters the first vent in his jail cell, the crowbar he used to open the vent is swinging in its rack. In the next shot, the crowbar is perfectly still. See more »


Nick Rivers: Do you mind if I have a swig of this?
[picks up bottle]
Chocolate Mousse, Resistance Member: Go right ahead.
Nick Rivers: [takes a mouthful, spits in disgust] What the hell is this stuff?
Chocolate Mousse, Resistance Member: Gasoline.
[laughs and takes a swig himself]
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This Space For Rent [ this is in the middle of an otherwise blank screen ] See more »


Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Teens from a Mall (1991) See more »


By John Williams
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26 August 2003 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Top Secret is one of the funniest, most off-the-wall movies ever filmed. Featuring a young Val Kilmer, I think Top Secret is the best of all spoof films (Spaceballs is a close second). This thing spoofs everything, Beach Boy's songs, spy pictures, war movies, westerns, and even Elvis is not safe. It's ridiculous, outrageous, hilarious, and all in the name of good fun. The spit gag has to be my favorite bit. You've seen it in countless movies: the hero is being verbally accosted by the villain and he spits in his face. This time, however, the hero is on the other side of the room. Other memorable jokes include the skeet songs, the anal intruder, the "cow" scenes, and the backwards bit with Peter Cushing. There are countless little things like that which make Top Secret a definite cult classic and a certifiable must-see.

"Wish they all could be double barrel, wish they all could be double barrel guuuuuuuns."

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