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 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 ... Adm. Benson
Kevin Dunn ... Lt. Cmdr. 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. 'Dead 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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1990s | mission | iraq | combat | plane | See All (158) »

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Action | Comedy

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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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Admiral Benson: My eyes are ceramic. Caught a bazooka round at Little Big Horn. Or was it Okinawa? The one without the Indians.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut in Australia after the distributors received an M rating. The word "fuck" was removed to obtain a PG rating. The distributors had the option of using the uncut version for VHS but chose not to, the film only being released uncut on DVD many years later. See more »

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Featured in Cinemassacre Video: Top Gun (1986) (2020) See more »

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Only You (and You Alone)
Written by Buck Ram and Ando Rand
Performed by Kenny James
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Hot Shots is one of my favourite movies when it comes to comedy.
20 September 2004 | by philip_vandervekenSee 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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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

Gross USA:

$69,467,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,096,164
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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