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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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1990s | mission | iraq | combat | plane | See All (158) »

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Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The opening crowd shot of the boxing match attended by Lt. Cmdr. Block and Wilson is reused footage of the final fight scene of Rocky II. In addition both of the fighters and their corner men that are used for more close up shots filmed for this movie are dressed in exactly the same colored robes and uniforms as worn by Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith and Tony Burton in Rocky II, along with matching floor canvas and ring rope covers used to match both film footage together seamlessly. See more »

Goofs

After bailing out, Wash Out lands a "square" (ram air) parachute. In the next and subsequent scenes, he is being dragged by a round ("mushroom") canopy. See more »

Quotes

Drill Sergeant #1: I don't care how many missions you've flown! I don't care how good you think you are! You're nobody, and for the next 10 days - nobody takes a crap unless I say so! Got it?
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"Sound Design & Supervision.........SANDY BERMAN, M.P.S.E, RSVP" 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

Spoofs Stalag 17 (1953) See more »

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Dream Lover
Written by Bobby Darin
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
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Jim Abrahams, solo director.
7 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Hot Shots! (1991) was another solo effort from Z.A.Z. member Jim Abrahams. In keeping with the tone of his other films, the humor is just like that of Airplane! and Top Secret! This time, Jim Abrahams takes on the Top Gun films and others of it's ilk. Charlie Sheen stars whilst Valeria Golino, Cary Elwes, Jon Cryer and Lloyd Bridges co-star. But like it's brethren the humor is real dated and some of the jokes don't work like they used to. But I wouldn't miss watching it again if it was on the idiot box. I wonder what the film would have been like if the Z.A.Z. team worked on it? Followed by Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Recommended for laughs.


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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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