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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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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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The aircraft used in this movie, the Folland Gnat T.Mk.1 two seat trainer, were never used in American service, neither were they ever capable of operating from aircraft carriers although the Indian Air Force, which used the single seat fighter version, did do a feasibility study of operating the type from their aircraft carriers, mainly to due to lack of options for carrier based aviation at the time. This was the first evidence that the aircraft carrier used in the movie was not real, but actually a prop. Gnats were British-made aircraft used by the Red Arrows aerobatic team. Ironically, the Gnats in the Indian Air Force earned the nickname "Sabre Slayer" after an unblemished combat record of shooting down technically superior Pakistani Air Force Canadair (license-built) F-86 Sabres during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Bangladesh Liberation War 1971. See more »

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When the ambulance is approaching Dead Meat's crash site, it's an older model Ford. When it stops by the crater, it's a Chevy. After it picks him up and starts driving again, it's back to an older model Ford, and then when it pulls into the hospital it's a Chevy again. See more »

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[Pushing "Dead Meat" through the hospital to emergency]
Doctor: Quick, nurse check his penis. See if it's longer than mine.
Nurse: [Unzips his pants] No, doctor.
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The Brady Bunch Theme
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One of the best parodies of all time
21 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie after watching a really poorly made one, so this film came off like Citizen Kane in many respects. After not watching this film for such a long time, I came into this viewing wit ha more trained eye, and to say the least, it was as good then as it is now. This is easily one of those parody movies that will live forever, especially due to all of the great scenes on the aircraft carriers (dogs chasing the plane, the dancing, etc.). While the film did have its dull moments, there were too many funny moments. Charlie Sheen seemed perfect for this role, simply because it looked like he tackled this movie with a serious purpose. Cary Elwes was also good, considering the stuffy Brit took on the whole comedy role quite well. Kudos to all who had a hand in this film.


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