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Top Secret! (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 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:
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:

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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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Trivia

Even though it has been pointed out that the "German" phrases Nick was learning on the train were basically gibberish, the translations for those phrases include, "I want a schnauzer with my weinerschnitzel," and, "There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen." See more »

Goofs

In the "Pizza Haus" dance, when Nick (Val) runs up the wall and back flips, the cable of his trapeze rig is visible. See more »

Quotes

General Streck, German High Command: I'm afraid you leave me no alternative but to introduce you to two of my associates.
[a bald henchman comes forward]
General Streck, German High Command: Bruno is almost blind, has to operate wholly by touch.
[Cut to a blank-faced second man]
General Streck, German High Command: Klaus is a moron who knows only what he reads in the New York Post.
[Klaus is shown holding a copy of New York Post with the headline 'Maniac stalks Olivia Newton-John']
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Crazy Credits

Worst Boy - Adolph Hitler 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 »


Soundtracks

ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?
Parody based on "ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?"
By Roy Turk and Lou Handman
Produced by Mike Moran
Performed by Val Kilmer
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Delightfully Silly...
17 September 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

If you try and ignore this "Spy" offering from the Airplane team, you won't last long. When it's on your TV screen there'll soon be something so outrageously daft that you have to at least stare in dismay and amazement.

Yes, it's a pity it hasn't got Leslie Nielsen at the helm but the young Elvis-sort of looking Val Kilmer is good, but not brilliant. It's just not in the class of the best Abrahams and Zucker's, especially the fore- mentioned Airplane, hence my four stars.

Sent off to cold-war East Germany and playing rock'n'roll to an audience not yet immersed in such, at a concert that aims to unite west and east Berlin, Nick Rivers (Kilmer) encounters an array of mishaps, from the outset. Naturally, the opposite sort of happens and I'd like to say that plot details are fairly useless here and they're pointless in a script where gag after gag is out for laughs, most of them hitting some spot, or another. There's Omar Sharif as you've never seen, or ever thought you'd see him and a turn from Peter Cushing, too.

Venturing into a parody of WWII films, including The Great Escape, it ends up with a herd of cows wearing wellington boots...What happens between is fast and funny and whilst Top Secret isn't the funniest thing you'll see, it's good and worthy of including in the 'ones to see'.


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