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Top Secret! (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 8 June 1984 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Gutteridge ...
Harry Ditson ...
Du Quois
Déjà Vu
Eddie Tagoe ...
Chocolate Mousse
Nancy Abrahams ...
Pregnant Woman
Tristram Jellinek ...
Billy J. Mitchell ...
Major Wiley ...


This time Zucker and Abrahams 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 Anonymous

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From the makers of the original "Airplane!" (not the Wright brothers) See more »


Comedy | Music


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Did You Know?


The sight gag of Peter Cushing and the magnifying glass is a parody of a similar shot of Cushing from Terence Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). See more »


When Gen. Streck goes over to read the message attached to the carrier pigeon, he doesn't have his cap on. In the next shot, he does. See more »


German teaching tape: I want a schnauzer with my weinerschnitzel.
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Crazy Credits

Focus Loader Jack Williams Focus Puller Tony Strachan Clapper Loader John Fletcher Clapper Puller Tom Brown Puller Clapper Joe Taylor Clapper Clapper Edward Davis Flipper Flapper Jane Thomas See more »


Spoofs The Inglorious Bastards (1978) See more »


By Phil Pickett
Produced by Mike Moran
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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