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Top Secret! (1984)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Nick Rivers
Lucy Gutteridge ... Hillary Flammond
Peter Cushing ... Bookstore Proprietor
Jeremy Kemp ... General Streck
Christopher Villiers ... Nigel
Warren Clarke ... Colonel von Horst
Michael Gough ... Dr. Paul Flammond
Harry Ditson ... Du Quois
Jim Carter ... Déjà Vu
Eddie Tagoe ... Chocolate Mousse
Nancy Abrahams Nancy Abrahams ... Pregnant Woman
Omar Sharif ... Agent Cedric
Tristram Jellinek Tristram Jellinek ... Major Crumpler
Billy J. Mitchell ... Martin
Major Wiley Major Wiley ... Porter
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German | Yiddish

Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Top Secret See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,406,205, 24 June 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kingsmere Properties See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Weird Al" Yankovic included a backwards filmed scene in his music video for Amish Paradise as an homage to this film. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Flammond tells Nick that the weapon has to be completed by Sunday, indicating September 24 on a calendar, Nick replies "That's Simchat Torah!" Simchat Torah is a festive Jewish holiday in which the liturgy includes reading the last portion of Deuterotomy, final book of Moses, and then beginning the cycle again with the book of Genesis. In 1984 Simchat Torah fell on October 18. Further, September 24 hadn't fallen on a Sunday since 1978 and wouldn't again until 1989, and neither of those dates coincide with Simchat Torah. See more »

Quotes

Agent Cedric: Wait. You dropped your phony dog poo.
Blindman: What phony dog poo?
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Crazy Credits

Halfway into the credits, Val Kilmer & the background singers literally stand up into the frame to continue singing the song playing to the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

On videotape, Hillary's breasts started to glow once she sees Nick reemerge from a lake. On TV, it's edited to where she waves at him. See more »

Connections

Referenced in TableTop: Say Anything (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

THEME FROM JAWS
By John Williams
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"What funny duck poop?"
26 August 2003 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Top Secret is one of the funniest, most off-the-wall movies ever filmed. Featuring a young Val Kilmer, I think Top Secret is the best of all spoof films (Spaceballs is a close second). This thing spoofs everything, Beach Boy's songs, spy pictures, war movies, westerns, and even Elvis is not safe. It's ridiculous, outrageous, hilarious, and all in the name of good fun. The spit gag has to be my favorite bit. You've seen it in countless movies: the hero is being verbally accosted by the villain and he spits in his face. This time, however, the hero is on the other side of the room. Other memorable jokes include the skeet songs, the anal intruder, the "cow" scenes, and the backwards bit with Peter Cushing. There are countless little things like that which make Top Secret a definite cult classic and a certifiable must-see.

"Wish they all could be double barrel, wish they all could be double barrel guuuuuuuns."


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