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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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Jim Abrahams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Topper Harley / Rhett Butler / Superman
Cary Elwes ... Kent Gregory
Valeria Golino ... Ramada Thompson / Scarlett O'Hara / Lois Lane
Lloyd Bridges ... Admiral Benson
Kevin Dunn ... Lt. Commander 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 ... Mrs. 'Deat Meat' Thompson
Bruce A. Young ... 'Red' Herring
Ryan Stiles ... 'Mailman' Farnham
Rino Thunder ... Owatonna, 'The Old One'
Mark Arnott ... Rosener
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Storyline

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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Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Shots: An Important Movie! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,848,182, 4 August 1991

Gross USA:

$69,467,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,096,164
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the eulogy scene, Lloyd Bridges mentioned the deaths of Tataglia, Barzini, and the heads of five families. This is a reference to the movie The Godfather. In 1998 Bridges appeared on the film Jane Austen's Mafia, a direct spoof of this movie See more »

Goofs

When Admiral Benson first gets off the plane at the beginning of the film and is being led off to find out about the mission, what looks like a camera shadow appears on a plane engine to the right of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: [Dead Meat and Mary kiss hello] Mary, have you come to watch me fly?
Mrs. Mary 'Dead Meat' Thompson: There was a meltdown at the plant, so they gave me the afternoon off.
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Aw, terrific!
[a black cat crosses their path]
Mrs. Mary 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Oh, good news: we just closed escrow on our little dream house.
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Wonderful! When do we move in?
Mrs. Mary 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Tuesday. I've got the kids stripping asbestos off the pipes right now.
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Aw, that's great.
[Dead Meat walks under a ladder]
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Things just couldn't be better for us! I'm so blessed.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Supervising ADR editor: Once Perhaps See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut to receive a '12' certificate by the BBFC with the removal of one use of 'fucking' and to add a warning sign, advising against the dangers of helium inhalation, during the scene where Topper smokes the peace pipe. An additional cut was made for the PG-rated video version to remove references to incest and bestiality from one of Topper's quips, bringing the cuts total to 22 secs. All later DVD releases still feature the heavily cut video print, but the Blu-ray release was passed completely uncut with a '12' rating in 2013. See more »


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What the World Needs Now Is Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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One of the funniest films ever.
22 December 1998 | by Peach-2See 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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