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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,467,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,096,164
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Topper Harley's name comes from Harley-Davidson's 1960's motor scooter, the Harley Topper. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the scene where Benson asks Block to see him in his office, a crew member wearing a light-blue T-shirt is seen on the left side of the screen, right before Benson takes a sip from his mug. See more »

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Ramada Thompson: What do you do with an elephant with 3 balls? Walk him and pitch to the rhino.
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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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Hot Shots (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man I Love
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Valeria Golino and Rachel Sweet
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Great spoof
6 July 2004 | by TheOtherFoolSee all my reviews

Really funny movie spoofs Top Gun, Dances With Wolves and others. In the centre is Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen), who is incapable of flying because he thinks his dad is responsible for the death of his co-pilot.

But one day he is called back into the squad, as there is a scheme going on about some new airplanes. Oh well, never mind that.

Funny stuff all the time, too much to talk about really. I love the 'Dead Meat' character, when he is taking his last flight, claiming he knows the answers to global warmth and Kennedy's assasination. That really cracked me up.

One of the best spoofs ever. 7/10.


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