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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Topper Harley / Rhett Butler / Superman
... Kent Gregory
... Ramada Thompson / Scarlett O'Hara / Lois Lane
... Admiral Benson
... Lt. Commander Block
... Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach
... Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson
... Kowalski
... Wilson
... Buzz Harley
... Mrs. 'Deat Meat' Thompson
... 'Red' Herring
... 'Mailman' Farnham
... Owatonna, 'The Old One'
... Rosener
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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

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31 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Shots: An Important Movie!  »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,848,182, 4 August 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,467,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,096,164
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Trivia

The character of Admiral Benson was first offered to Leslie Neilson, but Leslie declined saying "I think I've done enough spoof movies with you" (Abraham/Director) the role was then offered to Lloyd Bridges whom also appeared with Neilson in Abrahams "Airplane" (1980). Leslie then accepted Abrahamsrole offer of Frank Drebin again in "The Naked Gun 3" (1994) and also went on to act in several more parody movies. See more »

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When Buzz walks forward on top of the crashing plane, the wires holding him up can be seen. See more »

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Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach: I just got kicked out of the unit. My flight status has been withdrawn. I'm through, Dead Meat!
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: What happened?
Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach: It's my eyes. I've got walleye-vision.
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson: Isn't there something that can be done?
Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach: Well, there's a delicate corneal inversion procedure... a multi-opti-pupil-optomy. But, in order to keep from damaging the eye sockets, they've got to go in through the rectum. Ain't no man going to take that route with me!
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TOPPING FOR BROWNIES 1/2 cup butter 3 squares butter chocolate,melted 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon(optional) 2 egg yolks,beaten Cream butter until light and lemon coloured. Gradually add sugar and egg yolks. Add chocolate. See more »

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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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What the World Needs Now Is Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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12 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's 2006 and I still believe this is one of the best parodies of all times, worth to include next to Spaceballs, Naked Gun and Scary Movie (all 3 of them).

From time to time I like watching such movies, since I'm sick and tired of all the modern "shoot 'em up" or "philosophy for n00bs" type of films. It's relaxing and a good laugh always makes you forget about everything else.

Now that was besides the point. Getting back to "Hot Shots", I can say only one thing - excellent. And to be honest, every movie that starred Charlie Sheen I've seen since was dull. Maybe it's a little unfair to remember Charlie Sheen only for this role (he's a very good actor), but he was so...funny in it that I can't help it. The movie itself is very well glued together, the scenes are dubbed with the perfect soundtrack to make you laugh 'till you fall off your chair and the comedy techniques are (as somebody said before me) classic - no fart/burp jokes or toilet humor.

Overall, I'd watch it anytime.


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