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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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There's something funny in the air. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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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, 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

The planes used were Folland Fo-145 Gnats, a British fighter/trainer used by the RAF's Red Arrows aerobatics team until 1979. See more »

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When Topper enters the base on his motorcycle the first time, the gate guard salutes him even through he is not wearing any officer rank. See more »

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[the session is over. Topper is about to step out of Ramada's office. He fails to notice there are exposed electric wires hanging from the ceiling]
Ramada Thompson: Be careful out there, lieutenant.
Topper Harley: Don't worry. I can take care of myself.
Ramada Thompson: [stands] No, you can't! You're going to get hurt!
Topper Harley: I don't need your help, I don't need anybody's help. I'll be just fine.
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Hot Shots is one of my favourite movies when it comes to comedy.
20 September 2004 | by Philip Van der VekenSee all my reviews

Hot Shots is one of my favorite movies when it comes to comedy. It was made in a time that farting and burping weren't yet considered as the very best humor has to offer.

This film is very enjoyable when you don't know any of the movies this parody has been based on (very hard to believe), but when you do know the movies, Hot Shots is really hilarious from time to time. Most of the time they make fun of Top Gun, but movies like Superman, Dances with Wolves, Gone with the Wind... can be recognized in it as well.

Topper Harley is an excellent pilot who left the navy because he couldn't cope with the feelings of guilt over his father. His father didn't do enough to help his co-pilot during a mission and the poor man got killed in an awful way. When he found out, Topper decided never to fly again. He now lives on his own with an Indian and a wolf, inhaling helium. However, when Lt Commander Block offers a second chance, to take part in secret mission Sleepy Weasel, Topper decides to fly again, although this means that he'll have to deal with a difficult love interest and his old fears.

This movie certainly scores above average when you ask me. Therefor I reward it with a 7.5/10.


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