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Top Secret! (1984)

 -  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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Michael Burlington ...
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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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Don't tell anyone. See more »

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8 June 1984 (USA)  »

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SEK 3,076,942 (Sweden)
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Peter Cushing, who began his screen career in the old Hollywood of the late 1930s, makes his final appearance in an American production. See more »

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When Dr. Flammond tells Nick that the weapon has to be completed by September 24, Nick replies "That's Simchat Torah!" Simchat Torah is a festive Jewish holiday in which the liturgy includes reading the last portion of Deuterotomy, final book of Moses, and then beginning the cycle again with the book of Genesis. In 1984 Simchat Torah fell on October 18. See more »

Quotes

Latrine, Resistance Member: [throws dead carrier pigeon on table]
Latrine, Resistance Member: We have a traitor in our midst.
Deja Vu: Well done, Latrine. I see that you have taken care of him appropriately.
Du Quois: [looks at Deja Vu] Not the bird, you fool! This is a carrier pigeon on its way to the German Headquarters.
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Crazy Credits

Halfway into the credits, Val Kilmer & the background singers literally stand up into the frame to continue singing the song playing to the credits. See more »

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Referenced in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004) See more »

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THEME FROM JAWS
By John Williams
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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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