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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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Eddie Tagoe ...
Chocolate Mousse
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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

After receiving an order, one of the German officers replies with, "Ich liebe Dich, mein Schatz," which translates to "I love you, honey." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Blindman: Here, smell this flower. It never fails to amuse at parties.
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This Space For Rent [ this is in the middle of an otherwise blank screen ] See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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EAST GERMAN NATIONAL ANTHEM
Parody based on "THE SHOREWOOD WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOL HYMN"
By Sandy S. Smith
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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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