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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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Topper Harley, a top gun fighter pilot, is recalled to serve on the SS Essess. Topper's mission is to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear plants. Unfortunately, Topper is psychologically imbalanced and is sure to crack under pressure. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

31 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Shots: An Important Movie!  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)


$69,467,617 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Charlie Sheen (Lt. Topper Harley), Jon Cryer (Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach) and Ryan Stiles ('Mailman' Farnham) would all later work together again in the television show Two and a Half Men (2003). The song 'The Man I Love', sang by Valeria Golino, was also sung by Charlie's mum in an episode of Two and a Half Men. See more »


After bailing out, Wash Out lands a "square" (ram air) parachute. In the next and subsequent scenes, he is being dragged by a round ("mushroom") canopy. See more »


Lt. Commander Block: American planes will always be superior as long as there are wonderful men like you in the cockpit. And German parts.
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TOPPING FOR BROWNIES 1/2 cup butter 3 squares butter chocolate,melted 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon(optional) 2 egg yolks,beaten Cream butter until light and lemon coloured. Gradually add sugar and egg yolks. Add chocolate. See more »


Referenced in Larry King Live: Episode dated 27 July 1993 (1993) See more »


The Man I Love
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Valeria Golino and Rachel Sweet
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One of the funniest films ever.
22 December 1998 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Hot Shots is one of the funniest films I have ever seen in my life. I laughed so much it nearly made me sick to my stomach. There's really no better proof of a great comedy than when you laugh from beginning to end. Lloyd Bridges is hilarious and Charlie Sheen is really great at these type of films. The whole cast is great. Jim Abrahams has made a modern classic in my opinion.

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