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Hot Shots! -- Recruited to join a top-secret mission for the Air Force, a renegade pilot (Sheen) finds himself coping with an incompetent admiral (Bridges) and a carefully-selected squadron of flyers who are either inept or half-blind. He also winds up in competition with the corps' model of military perfection (Elwes) for the heart of the base's sultry psychiatrist (Golino).
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Hot Shots! -- Parody of "Top Gun" 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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Writers (WGA):
Jim Abrahams (written by) &
Pat Proft (written by)
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Release Date:
31 July 1991 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlie Sheen ... Lt. Topper Harley / Rhett Butler / Superman

Cary Elwes ... Lt. Kent Gregory

Valeria Golino ... Ramada Thompson / Scarlett O'Hara / Lois Lane

Lloyd Bridges ... Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson

Kevin Dunn ... Lt. Cmdr. James Block

Jon Cryer ... Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach

William O'Leary ... Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson

Kristy Swanson ... Kowalski

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Wilson

Bill Irwin ... Buzz Harley
Heidi Swedberg ... Mary Thompson

Bruce A. Young ... 'Red' Herring

Ryan Stiles ... 'Mailman' Farnham
Rino Thunder ... Owatonna 'The Old One'

Mark Arnott ... Rosener

Ryan Cutrona ... Capt. Margolis

Don Lake ... Doctor
Kelly Connell ... Air Controller
Tony Simotes ... Ambulance Driver

Don Luce ... Paramedic
Judith Kahan ... Nurse
Jeff Bright ... Communications Officer
Jimmy Lennon Jr. ... Ring Announcer
Marie Thomas ... Francine

Ryan Fitzgerald ... Scooter
Al Clegg ... Jazz
Pat Proft ... Lawrence Lipps

Marc Shaiman ... Piano Player
Cylk Cozart ... Drill Sergeant #1
Christopher J. Keene ... Drill Sergeant #2
Ed Herschlar ... Rabbi
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Amish Man
Annie O'Donnell ... Amish Woman
Mack Yamaguchi ... Eskimo

Charles Barkley ... Charles Barkley
Bill Laimbeer ... Himself
Eugene Greytak ... Pope John Paul II (as Gene Greytak)
Pablo Prietto ... Parking Valet
Tony Lorea ... Humphrey 'Bogie' Bogart
Jerry Haleva ... Saddam Hussein (as Jerry Halera)
Bob Lenz ... Elvis 'The King' Presley
Willie Collins ... Liberace
Robert Puro ... Precocious Paper Boy
Kevin Eads ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Richard Lasting ... Handsome Milkman
Elston Ridgle ... Boxer #1
Max Jones ... Boxer #2

Christopher Doyle ... Conspiratorial Crewman (as Chris Doyle)
John Bankson ... Parking Valet
Nancy Abrahams ... Family in front of TV Store
Joseph Abrahams ... Family in front of TV Store
Jamie Abrahams ... Family in front of TV Store
Cary Brayboy ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron (as Carey Brayboy)
Richard Emanuelle ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Brent Freeman ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Craig McIntosh ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Tony Moreno ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Dave Oliver ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron (as David Oliver)

Kip Pierce ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Kenton 'Chip' Steger ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Sean Wright ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
Joe Allegro ... Sleepy Weasel Squadron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack I. Bernstein ... Rabinowitz (uncredited)
Megan Dupont ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Sean Kanan ... Barracks Man in Underwear (uncredited)
Steve Mora ... Reporter (uncredited)

Steven Chester Prince ... Dartman (uncredited)
Rebecca Ryiz ... (uncredited)

Vincent Tumeo ... Dancing Cadet (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Abrahams 
Writing credits
Jim Abrahams (written by) &
Pat Proft (written by)

Produced by
Bill Badalato .... producer
Janet Graham .... associate producer
Stephen McEveety .... associate producer
Greg Norberg .... associate producer
Pat Proft .... executive producer
Original Music by
Sylvester Levay 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler 
Film Editing by
Jane Kurson 
Eric A. Sears 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
William A. Elliott 
Art Direction by
Greg Papalia (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Jerie Kelter 
Costume Design by
Mary Malin 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup designer
John R. Fifer .... special makeup effects artist
Deborah Humphries .... makeup artist
Dayne Johnson .... makeup artist
Mark Maitre .... special makeup effects artist
Ann Masterson .... makeup department head
Douglas J. White .... special makeup effects artist
Cindy J. Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen McEveety .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Davies .... first assistant director
Robin Leigh Fleck .... second second assistant director
Robert Hicks .... flight deck title sequence coordinator
Sean Hobin .... second second assistant director
Ernie F. Orsatti .... second unit director (as Ernie Orsatti)
Matthew H. Rowland .... second assistant director (as Matthew Rowland)
Richard T. Stevens .... second unit director: flying sequences
Art Department
G. Roger Abell .... set dresser
Nat Bocking .... assistant property master
David B. Brenner .... general foreman
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster foreman
Joseph Genna .... props
Glen Kennedy .... set dresser
Robert Lucas .... lead man
Don Miloyevich .... property master
Glenn H. Roberts .... set dresser
Doug Sieck .... set dresser
Kevin Coyle .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... supervising sound editor
Sandy Berman .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
David B. Cohn .... sound editor
Susan Dudeck .... sound editor
John P. Fasal .... sound effects recordist (as John Paul Fasal)
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Meredith Gold .... assistant sound editor
Scott Hecker .... sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Jeffrey M. Jones .... production sound mixer: second unit
Donlee Jorgensen .... sound editor
Richard Kite .... second boom operator
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Lacey .... sound editor
Phillip Linson .... sound editor (as Phil Linson)
Ron Meredith .... assistant sound editor
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Jeanine Schaack .... assistant sound editor
Renee Tondelli .... adr co-supervisor
Renee Tondelli .... adr editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
David Williams .... foley editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects coordinator
Robert DeVine .... special effects
Hans Metz .... special effects technician
Rudy Perez .... special effects
Jimmy Thomson .... special effects
Chris Walas .... animal special effects/prosthetics
Visual Effects by
Scott Beattie .... motion control supervisor: Dream Quest Images
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor
Beverly Bernacki .... optical supervisor: Available Light
Jeff Burks .... animation supervisor: DQI
Rob Burton .... animation camera
Kevin Fitzgerald .... motion control supervisor: Dream Quest Images
Gary Friedman .... vfx production coordinator
David Goldberg .... model shop supervisor
Erik Henry .... visual effects coordinator
Rick Johnson .... blue screen supervisor (as Richard Johnson)
Katherine Kean .... visual effects supervisor: Available Light
Rob Maine .... motion control animation camera
Jeff Matakovich .... optical supervisor: optical illusions
Derrick Mitchell .... assistant visual effects editor
Dennis Rogers .... first assistant camera
Jody Rogers .... visual effects editor
Michael O. Sajbel .... director of photography: miniatures unit
Michael O. Sajbel .... director: miniatures unit
Jack Sessums .... head model maker
Keith Shartle .... visual effects executive producer: DQI
Robert Stadd .... visual effects producer: DQI
Rick Stern .... motion control assistant
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor: Dream Quest Images
John T. Van Vliet .... visual effects supervisor: Available Light
Steve Wright .... digital effects supervisor: Sidley Wright & Assoc.
Joseph Thomas .... matchmove photography (uncredited)
Jake Brake .... stunt double
Eddie Braun .... assistant stunt coordinator
Eddie Braun .... stunt double: Charlie Sheen
BJ Davis .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Lloyd Bridges
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Birgit K. Schier .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Gill .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Lykins .... lead stunt double: stair fall (uncredited)
Noon Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nico Bally .... grip
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Paul 'Doc' Byrd .... director of photography: aerial unit
Scott Crabbe .... video assist operator
Gary Dagg .... key grip
William E. Kelley Jr. .... camera operator: aerial footage
Joe Kelly .... best boy grip
Jon Kranhouse .... aerial photographer
Peter McAdams .... grip
Mike McEveety .... assistant camera
William Russell .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Geno Salvatori .... director of photography: second unit
Cricket Sloat .... dimmer board operator
Bruce Macaulay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurel Frushour .... set costumer
Mark Peterson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gena Bleier .... second assistant editor
Jonathan Chibnall .... first assistant editor
Margaret Goodspeed .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
L. James Langlois .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson Duerrstein)
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Alex Garcia .... assistant music editor
Brian L. McCarty .... music playback operator
Maria Newman .... musician
Brian Reeves .... mixing engineer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
William Ballard .... transportation captain
Roger Bojarski Jr. .... driver: honeywagon
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation
Gary Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Larry Shephard .... transportation coordinator
Ledge Musselman .... driver props truck (uncredited)
Other crew
David Allsberry .... animal handler
Jack I. Bernstein .... assistant to director
Michael E. Boyle .... animal handler (as Michael Boyle)
Jeanie Daniels .... payroll accountant
James Deeth .... cine-exec victor vision crew (as Jim Deeth)
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Allen Gerbino .... aerial coordinator/pilot (as Al Gerbino)
Allen Gerbino .... aerial technical coordinator (as Al Gerbino)
Jay Gowey .... location representative: Los Angeles Harbor
Skip Holm .... aerial coordinator
Skip Holm .... pilot
Charles Johnston .... pilot
Jo Ann Kane .... copyist (as JoAnn Kane)
Harriet Katz-Stevens .... accountant: aerial unit
Christopher Landry .... production assistant
Rodney Liber .... production executive
Julia Marino .... publicist
Paul Metz .... pilot
Gary Alan Meyers .... production assistant
Phill Norman .... title designer
Brent Parker .... pilot (as Brent Barker)
Alan Preston .... supplier: aircraft and pilots
Matt Rebenkoff .... set production assistant
Rick Rozzini .... assistant choreographer
Jeff Senour .... cine-exec victor vision crew
Chuck Thornton .... pilot
Lester Wilson .... choreographer
Ted Yonenaka .... craft service
Billy Badalato .... aerial supervisor (uncredited)
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (cut) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG | Canada:14+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-11/9 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (1991) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Norway:10 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:12 (TV rating) | UK:PG (cut) (video rating) | UK:12 (theatrical rating) | UK:12 (uncut) (Blu-ray rating) | USA:PG-13 (No. 31303)

Did You Know?

The opening crowd shot of the boxing match attended by Lt. Cmdr. Block and Wilson is reused footage of the final fight scene of Rocky II. In addition both of the fighters and their corner men that are used for more close up shots filmed for this movie are dressed in exactly the same colored robes and uniforms as worn by Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith and Tony Burton in Rocky II, along with matching floor canvas and ring rope covers used to match both film footage together seamlessly.See more »
Continuity: The ambulance drives past Wash Out's parachute, but in the next shot, the parachute is caught on the bumper.See more »
Admiral Benson:God, I love a good funeral!See more »
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38 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Hot Shots is one of my favourite movies when it comes to comedy., 20 September 2004
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

Hot Shots is one of my favorite movies when it comes to comedy. It was made in a time that farting and burping weren't yet considered as the very best humor has to offer.

This film is very enjoyable when you don't know any of the movies this parody has been based on (very hard to believe), but when you do know the movies, Hot Shots is really hilarious from time to time. Most of the time they make fun of Top Gun, but movies like Superman, Dances with Wolves, Gone with the Wind... can be recognized in it as well.

Topper Harley is an excellent pilot who left the navy because he couldn't cope with the feelings of guilt over his father. His father didn't do enough to help his co-pilot during a mission and the poor man got killed in an awful way. When he found out, Topper decided never to fly again. He now lives on his own with an Indian and a wolf, inhaling helium. However, when Lt Commander Block offers a second chance, to take part in secret mission Sleepy Weasel, Topper decides to fly again, although this means that he'll have to deal with a difficult love interest and his old fears.

This movie certainly scores above average when you ask me. Therefor I reward it with a 7.5/10.

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