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Hot Shots! (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 31 July 1991 (USA)
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A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buzz Harley
'Red' Herring
'Mailman' Farnham


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Release Date:

31 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Shots: An Important Movie!  »


Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,848,182, 4 August 1991, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


The Elder's language includes such words as "Rickshaw" and "Diphthong". Topper replies with, "Managua" (Nicaragua) and Minnehaha (from "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) See more »


When the ambulance stopped at the hospital, you can see the hand of the paramedic at the left of the screen waiting for Wash Out to hit the ambulance so he can run out to open the door. See more »


Ramada Thompson: What do you do with an elephant with 3 balls? Walk him and pitch to the rhino.
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Bar Advisor.........John 'JB' Bandy See more »


Spoofs Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »


The Man I Love
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Valeria Golino and Rachel Sweet
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12 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's 2006 and I still believe this is one of the best parodies of all times, worth to include next to Spaceballs, Naked Gun and Scary Movie (all 3 of them).

From time to time I like watching such movies, since I'm sick and tired of all the modern "shoot 'em up" or "philosophy for n00bs" type of films. It's relaxing and a good laugh always makes you forget about everything else.

Now that was besides the point. Getting back to "Hot Shots", I can say only one thing - excellent. And to be honest, every movie that starred Charlie Sheen I've seen since was dull. Maybe it's a little unfair to remember Charlie Sheen only for this role (he's a very good actor), but he was so...funny in it that I can't help it. The movie itself is very well glued together, the scenes are dubbed with the perfect soundtrack to make you laugh 'till you fall off your chair and the comedy techniques are (as somebody said before me) classic - no fart/burp jokes or toilet humor.

Overall, I'd watch it anytime.

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