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Top Secret! -- In his film debut, Val Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, a Presley-like American rock idol sent behind the Iron Curtain on a goodwill tour. Before long, he is involved in a complex espionage scheme thanks to beautiful Lucy Gutteridge, the daughter of a scientist (Michael Gough) held captive by the Communists.

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Writers:
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8 June 1984 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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It doesn't get much sillier than this - and they even say so in song! See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Omar Sharif ... Agent Cedric

Jeremy Kemp ... General Streck

Warren Clarke ... Colonel von Horst
Tristram Jellinek ... Major Crumpler

Val Kilmer ... Nick Rivers
Billy J. Mitchell ... Martin
Major Wiley ... Porter
Gertan Klauber ... Mayor
Richard Mayes ... Biletnikov
Vyvyan Lorrayne ... Madam Bergerone
Nancy Abrahams ... Pregnant Woman

Ian McNeice ... Blind Souvenir Vendor
John Sharp ... Maitre D'
Lucy Gutteridge ... Hillary Flammond
Michael Burlington ... Waiter
Marcus Powell ... Little German
Louise Yaffe ... Cafe Diner
Charlotte Zucker ... Cafe Diner
Susan Breslau ... Cafe Diner
Helen Kahan ... Cafe Diner
Burton Zucker ... Chef
Richard Pescud ... Priest
John J. Carney ... Klaus (as John Carney)
O.T. ... Bruno
Russell Sommers ... Student

Michael Gough ... Dr. Paul Flammond
Sara Montague ... Crying Girl
Gerry Paris ... Back-Up Singer
David Adams ... Back-Up Singer
Geoff Wayne ... Back-Up Singer
Steve Ubels ... German Soldier
Chas Bryer ... German Soldier
Mac McDonald ... German Soldier

Peter Cushing ... Bookstore Proprietor
Mandy Nunn ... Young Hillary

Lee Sheward ... Young Nigel
Janos Kurucz ... Wagon Driver
Sydney Arnold ... Albert Potato
Harry Ditson ... Du Quois

Christopher Villiers ... Nigel

Jim Carter ... Déjà Vu
Eddie Tagoe ... Chocolate Mousse
Dimitri Andreas ... Latrine
Michelle Martin ... Der Pizzahaus Girl
Nicola Wright ... Der Pizzahaus Girl
Lisa Gruenberg ... Der Pizzahaus Girl
Daisy ... Cow
Andrew Hawkins ... Pilot

Richard Bonehill ... Scarecrow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Abrahams ... German Soldier in Prop Room (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... Sergeant Kruger (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... German Guard (uncredited)

Frank Jakeman ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... German Soldier (uncredited)

David Zucker ... German Soldier in Prop Room (uncredited)

Jerry Zucker ... German Soldier in Prop Room (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Abrahams 
David Zucker 
Jerry Zucker 
 
Writing credits
Jim Abrahams (written by) &
David Zucker (written by) &
Jerry Zucker (written by) and
Martyn Burke (written by)

Produced by
Jim Abrahams .... executive producer
Jon Davison .... producer
Tom Jacobson .... associate producer
Hunt Lowry .... producer
David Zucker .... executive producer
Jerry Zucker .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
Bernard Gribble 
 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
Lucy Boulting 
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Michael Lamont 
Peter Lamont 
 
Art Direction by
John Fenner 
Michael Lamont 
 
Set Decoration by
Crispian Sallis 
 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
 
Makeup Department
Joan Carpenter .... supervising hairdresser
Kay Freeborn .... makeup artist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup supervisor
Betty Glasow .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Eric Rattray .... in charge of production
Donald Toms .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Daly .... second second assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... assistant director: second unit
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director
Barry Langley .... assistant director
Jack Lowin .... second unit director
Joe Powell .... second unit director
Trevor Puckle .... third assistant director
Andrew Warren .... assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
David Allday .... draughtsman (as Dave Allday)
Michael Boone .... draughtsman
Jille Brown .... art department assistant (as Jillie Brown)
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Roger W. Deer .... sketch artist (as Roger Deer)
Dennis Griffin .... production buyer
Mark Hedges .... stand-by prop
Wally Hill .... props chargehand
Carol Lay .... sketch artist
Joe Monks .... painter
Jim Morahan .... assistant art director
Trevor Nicol .... carpenter
Brian Payne .... property master
Michael Redding .... construction manager
Ernest Smith .... scenic artist
Jacqueline Stears .... scenic artist
Paul Taggart .... plasterer
Peter Voysey .... sculptor
John Whitby .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound recordist
Peter Best .... sound editor: UK
David Campling .... supervising sound editor
Ron Davis .... sound editor: UK
Robert Gavin .... sound editor: UK (as Bob Gavin)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Guido Reidy .... sound maintenance
 
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Nick Dudman .... animatronic technician
Joe Fitt .... special effects technician
Verner Gresty .... animatronic technician
John McGoldrick .... special effects technician
Sue Oakes .... animatronic technician
Terry Schubert .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... rostrum cameraman
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (as Jackie Cooper)
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Martin Grace .... stunts
Frank Henson .... stunts
Eddie Kidd .... stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunts
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (as Val Musetti)
Eddie Powell .... stunts
Joe Powell .... stunt arranger
Doug Robinson .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunts
Dickey Beer .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Claydon .... focus puller: second unit
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Allen Daviau .... director of photography: additional photography
Joe Finn .... gaffer
John Fletcher .... clapper loader
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... grip (as Chunky Huse)
Peter James .... clapper loader: second unit
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Tony Strachan .... focus puller
 
Animation Department
Sally Cruikshank .... animation sequence
Jeff Goldner .... animation sequence
 
Casting Department
Gretchen Rennell .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Barnard .... assistant editor: USA
Michael John Bateman .... first assistant editor
Dina Eaton .... assistant editor: UK
 
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor: UK (as Bob Hathaway)
Bones Howe .... music consultant: u.s.a.
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Richard Stone .... music editor: USA
Eric Tomlinson .... score mixer
Kevin Townend .... orchestrator: songs
Bruce Welch .... music consultant: u.k.
 
Transportation Department
Les Austin .... unit driver
Tony Bradley .... unit driver
Billy Willmott .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Sidney G. Barnsby .... production accountant (as Sid Barnsby)
Joy Bayley .... production assistant: UK
Marilyn Clarke .... continuity: second unit
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Brian Doyle .... publicist
Norma Garment .... production assistant: UK
Gillian Gregory .... choreographer
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... production runner
Allan James .... location manager
Derek Lyons .... double: Val Kilmer
Betty Moos .... assistant to producer
Christopher Palmer .... assistant: Maurice Jarre
Robert Parker .... production assistant: los angeles
Vic Smith .... location manager
Margaret Sysiak .... secretary
Tony Wathen .... diving master
Simon J. Williamson .... puppeteer (as Simon Williamson)
 
Thanks
Howard Kaylan .... special thanks
Rich Markey .... special thanks
Danny Opatoshu .... special thanks
Mark Volman .... special thanks
 

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A forward-playing version of the Swedish bookstore scene can be found on the DVD as an Easter egg.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the "Pizza Haus" dance, when Nick (Val) runs up the wall and back flips, the cable of his trapeze rig is visible.See more »
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German teaching tape:Die Sauerkraut ist in mein Lederhosen.See more »
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44 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
It doesn't get much sillier than this - and they even say so in song!, 24 February 2004
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

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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