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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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Chocolate Mousse
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Storyline

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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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When the German officer picks up the giant phone, he hears, "Sind schon weg, du, du dummes Arschloch!" which translates to, "They are already gone, you, you stupid a**hole!". See more »

Goofs

Chocolate Mousse (Eddie Tagoe) wears crossed belts of linked machine gun ammo, but all the cartridges are blank cartridges. This could be an intentional "mistake" since the difference between blanks and real ammo is so obvious. See more »

Quotes

[the East German national anthem]
All: Hail, hail East Germany / Land of fruit and grape / Land where you'll regret / If you try to escape / No matter if you tunnel under or take a running jump at the wall / Forget it, the guards will kill you, if the electrified fence doesn't first.
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Worst Boy - Adolph Hitler See more »

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References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »

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STRAIGHTEN OUT THE RUG
By Paul Hudson
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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