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Top Secret! (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 8 June 1984 (USA)
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:
... Nick Rivers
... Hillary Flammond
... Bookstore Proprietor
... General Streck
... Nigel
... Colonel von Horst
... Dr. Paul Flammond
... Du Quois
... Déjà Vu
... Chocolate Mousse
Nancy Abrahams ... Pregnant Woman
... Agent Cedric
Tristram Jellinek ... Major Crumpler
... Martin
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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From the makers of the original "Airplane!" (not the Wright brothers) See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

8 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Top Secret  »

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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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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Nick is leaving the East German checkpoint by train you can hear on the PA a voice saying "Der Zug der jetzt auf Gleis 3 steht.... hat uns alle überrascht!" which translates to "The train on railtrack three... surprised us all!" See more »

Goofs

The darts thrown at the airplane target change positions from the first scene to when Hilary and Nick arrive and Hilary hugs her father. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Flamond: Well, young one, I had the secret police break into my house, they tore me from my family, ransacked my laboratory and... brought me to this dungeon." Nick: "That sucks!"
Nick Rivers: That sucks!
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Crazy Credits

The Third Man ....... Guido Reidy See more »

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Spoofs Cloak and Dagger (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

SKEET SURFING
Parody medley based on "SURFIN' USA"
By Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry
Parody medley based on "FUN FUN FUN"
By Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Parody medley based on "LITTLE HONDA"
By Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Parody medley based on "CALIFORNIA GIRLS"
By Brian Wilson
Parody medley based on "HAWAII"
By Brian Wilson
Produced by Mike Moran
Performed by Val Kilmer
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Batman meets Alfred!
14 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

In his first leading role, Val Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, an Elvis like pop star sent to Germany on a good will tour as a fill in for Leonard Bernstein. Once there he gets caught up in all sorts of misadventures that lead to him being a part of the French under ground resistance. Lucy Gutteridge is his German lover.

An often overlooked - maybe even misunderstood - film from the Zucker/Abrams/Zucker team (who gave us "Airplane!") the film takes pot shots at "The Man Who Knew Too Much", pintos, rock 'n roll, Nazis, and other various spy movies with more gags than you can shake a stick at. A hilarious romp of madness.

Val himself is pretty funny here, managing to both wink and not wink at the camera as he is placed in a number of absurd situations. Also interesting of note is that this one features Michael Gough, who would later play Alfred in the Batman series, and Val himself would later play Batman.


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