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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

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Commander Block: American planes will always be superior as long as there are wonderful men like you in the cockpit. And German parts.
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Crazy Credits

(At the end of credits,just before "Any similarity etc.": IF YOU HAD LEFT THIS THEATRE WHEN THESE CREDITS BEGAN , YOU'D BE HOME NOW. See more »

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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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U Can't Touch This
Written by M.C. Hammer, Rick James and Alonzo Miller
Performed by M.C. Hammer
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with Cema Special Markets
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I have to admit, I actually laughed more than few times
28 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure why, but I guess I was interested in seeing the first Hot Shots since my mom only has the sequel and I noticed the movie in Blockbuster, I also love Charlie Sheen in comedies, he works so well in spoofs. Not to mention all in all, I do love spoofs, most work for me. It's just the kind comedy that I like. Hot Shots! proved itself to be a worthy spoof that is more than worth watching. It spoofs Top Gun, An Officer and a Gentleman, 9 1/2 Weeks, Gone with the Wind, Rocky, among many other movies.

Topper is a pilot who is wanted back in the navy and falls for a woman, but he has an edge is considered a rebel. Cary Elwes gives him a hard time constantly, especially since his father caused Cary's father to have a freak plane accident. Cary is also in love with Topper's woman and wants revenge.

Hot Shots is a great comedy that I have to admit is a guilty pleasure, but it has so much that most comedies lack now a days. It's just a fun innocent movie that deserves a little bit of a higher rating. Charlie Sheen rocks in comedies, although they have destroyed my new favorite guilty pleasure, 9 1/2 Weeks, it's all good.

7/10


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