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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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The "German" that Nick learns in the train is not a language at all. Words like "Vlichtmitten", or "Flachmatuche" are great fun for German listeners, but have no proper meaning. "Blitzen" is translated as "pen", but actually means "lightning", so the phrase heard, "eine blitzen" ("a lightning") is also nonsense. See more »


When Hillary is riding the motorcycle to get Nick at the lake(long shot as she is driving down the road), you can see the helmet strap going down the side of her chin to hold on the messed up "hair". 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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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 »


Referenced in Bobby's World: Starring Bobby (1995) See more »


By Roy Turk and Lou Handman
Produced by Mike Moran
Performed by Val Kilmer
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It doesn't get much sillier than this - and they even say so in song!
24 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An American rock and roll idol goes behind the iron curtain (while there was one!) for a culture fest but instead becomes involved in the resistance movement.

Forget about the film itself, the very idea of an Elvis Presley movie being mixed with a French resistance film and produced by the Airplane! crew is enough for laugh number one. Not only is this a bizarre world but seems to be playing games with time and history, the communist East Germany being portrayed as a kind of war time Nazi set-up!

Kilmer does well with an impossible role to the point where you wonder if he didn't miss his vocation. He can sing and dance better than many real singers and he proved in The Doors that he is really a major musical force. Strangely it is rumoured that he didn't realise this was a satire!

The stupidity of many Elvis movies and those Saturday morning children's reels (scientist and beautiful daughter) are taken to the cleaners and you have fantastic sight gags. The "falling guard" gag is one of the best sight gags in the history of movies - I challenge anyone not to laugh at it.

I enjoy a stupid movie every now and then and admit I enjoyed this one. Clearly the authors know little about German history or European culture and the little they do know seems cribbed from watching bad B movies on the subject, but what the hell. This is too stupid for anyone to get seriously uptight about. "How silly can you get?" sings Kilmer at one point in the film: Maybe a little, but not that much!

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