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Top Secret! (1984)

 -  Adventure | 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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Agent Cedric
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Colonel von Horst
Tristram Jellinek ...
Major Crumpler
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Billy J. Mitchell ...
Martin
Major Wiley ...
Porter
Gertan Klauber ...
Mayor
Richard Mayes ...
Biletnikov
Vyvyan Lorrayne ...
Madam Bergerone
Nancy Abrahams ...
Pregnant Woman
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Blind Souvenir Vendor
John Sharp ...
Maitre D'
Lucy Gutteridge ...
Michael Burlington ...
Waiter
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Storyline

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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east germany | spy | elvis | buxom | spoof | See more »

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Don't tell anyone. See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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SEK 3,076,942 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directors were very happy that Omar Sharif accepted the role of British agent, so they invited him to a dinner after he completed his scenes. Sharif accepted the invitation, and a very special dinner was prepared for him. But he didn't show up, and soon it was found out he already left England. When he was later asked why he didn't come, he replied, "It's a tradition in my culture not to 'refuse' any offer. Example: someone offers you a drink, you should accept it even though you won't drink it." Unaware, ZAZ enjoyed a very expensive dinner, all by themselves. See more »

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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 »

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Soundtracks

SPEND THIS NIGHT WITH ME
Music by Mike Moran
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Performed by Val Kilmer
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very underrated
3 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker team, master of the rapid-fire humor and insane spoofs, strike again! This time with "Top Secret!", which is a very underrated movie that, in my humble opinion, is just as good as "Airplane!" (which of course is considered their best work).

I don't understand it - what makes this film inferior to "Airplane!"? There are just as many jokes, the jokes are just as good, the timing is as always perfect. Am I missing something? Is it just that "Airplane!" was bold in breaking barriers for spoof movies, setting a precedent that "Top Secret!" was just there to follow?

That's not to diminish the quality of "Airplane!", which is one of my favorites. But what's wrong with "Top Secret!"? Why only a 6.6 rating? It must be from those purists who don't understand movies like this, and don't like this movie because the plot is not as well-developed as the plot of "Airplane!" Don't get me wrong - ordinarily a more developed plot only makes a movie funnier, but in the case of a spoof like this, the plot isn't important (it has often been said that the plot is just a "clothesline" for the jokes in such movies). Those purists completely miss the point of this movie.

Watch this movie unless you're one of those blasted aforementioned purists. If that is the case, go watch "The Philadelphia Story" for the thousandth time.


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