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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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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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SEK 3,076,942 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The Latin spoken by the priest at Fleurgendorf Prison on the way to the execution room is just random phrases, borrowed partly from the religious, medical and legal professions, with various other words and names thrown in (Rick Dureus). At one point, he also says in Pig Latin: "Ooreyay oingay ootay etgay iedfray in the airchay," which translates, "You're going to get fried in the chair." See more »

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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 »

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Der Pizzahaus Girl: Excuse me but aren't you Nick Rivers, the American rock 'n' roll star?
Nick Rivers: No. No I'm not.
Der Pizzahaus Girl: Oh, but you must be. If you could sing just one song...
Nick Rivers: I'm sorry but you must have me confused with someone else. I'm, uh... Mel Torme.
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BONANZA
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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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