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Popular and dashing American singer Nick Rivers travels to East Germany to perform in a music festival. When he loses his heart to the gorgeous Hillary Flammond, he finds himself caught up in an underground resistance movement. Rivers joins forces with Agent Cedric and Flammond to attempt the rescue of her father, Dr. Paul, from the Germans, who have captured the scientist in hopes of coercing him into building a new naval mine.
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Top Secret! is both a mischievous spoof and an entertaining spy picture in its own right, rambunctiously toying with cliches and tropes until it emerges as one of the great works of surrealism ever made by the Zucker Bros. It may not match the fluidity and iconic stature of Airplane! or the modern revitalization of The Naked Gun, but it is a film that was made to entertain and to bring out constant belly laughs.
Val Kilmer absolutely owns the character of Nick Rivers, and his physicality and dedication to the film is commendable to say the least. The direction is incredibly visual, with key areas of the frame revealing unexpected but hilarious bits of humor that is timed to perfection. The jokes come at a nonstop pace, and by the end, you're either utterly exhausted or ready to jump right back into the lunacy.
If you want your stomach and your jaw to hurt for the entire day, watch Airplane! and Top Secret! back to back.
Every scene is absolutely hilarious. Zucker-Abraham-Zucker is the best directing trio. Nobody will ever make movies like they did. The plot is almost nonexistent, but it doesn't matter. Val Kilmer is really good and his musical numbers are brilliant.
Can somebody recommend me any movies like this, Airplane, Hot Shots and The Naked Gun Trilogy? I would really love to see more movies that will make me burst into laughter every 10 seconds.
Sort of a "Bye Bye Birdie" meets "The Great Escape," Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker's "Top Secret!" is a witty and buoyant comedy that effortlessly blends spoof, sight gags, and generalized cleverness. Following the adventures of an American pop star whose tour to East Germany finds him entangled with a multi-national resistance movement, the comedy blends war pictures, spy movies, and musicals to satisfying effect.
Starring a toothy Val Kilmer as American musician, Nick Rivers, "Top Secret!" deposits the singing sensation in the middle of postwar East Germany. The narrative revolves around Rivers' misadventures as he falls for a woman and becomes part of a plot involving freeing the woman's father from nefarious control.
The story makes a…
The Zucker-Abraham-Zucker projects were like hyperactive children running loose on the street with no parents looking after them, and the best of all is: nothing wrong ever happened to them! Top Secret! is my third favorite spoof from the hyperactive trio, moving from gag to gag mercilessly, and with a sufficiently exaggerated attention to detail to guarantee rewatchability and catch those hidden visual jokes or audible lines that you missed in your first watch. It also embraces its era properly and makes an insanely effective multicultural collage, which comes as quite absurd if you think about it: a WWII East Germany featuring Elvis spoofs, Pac-Man, the 80s dress and hair arrangement codes, and pizza parlors. All jokes and gags are…
Es un musical, una peli de espías y una comedia perfecta que incluye una pelea vaquera en un salón submarino y dos o tres de los más desternillantes gags del séptimo arte.
Alucinantes la entrega de Val Kilmer en toda la peli o la de Peter Cushing en lo suyo.
"It all sounds like some bad movie."
Val Kilmer is a Beach Boys / Beatles / Elvis pop star going to Germany during World War II, and he gets roped into wartime shenanigans. It's another entertainingly juvenile spoof comedy from Zucker Abrahams Zucker; it's got some great visual gags, but survives mostly by throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. As a result, when it doesn't stick or misses the wall entirely it can get a bit tiresome, but it tends to hit a lot just for how often it tries, and it occasionally strikes gold. It's no Airplane! or Naked Gun, but the few brilliant jokes scattered among the average or unfunny ones make it basically worth…
"He's just a little hoarse".
Jim Abrahams and the Zucker Brothers defined random, and it's never been so enjoyable.
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A comedy of puns and misdirection where no joke is too terrible and some are even brilliant!
Val Kilmer plays an Elvis like pop star who ends up joining a resistance movement in Nazi Germany. In what year? Doesn't matter! Nothing makes any goddamn sense. This is my kinda dumb romp, it even could have been an all time favourite.
However, even if there are some rad bits in here so many of them are lame, hackneyed, and uninspired. Sure, in a movie like this the bad jokes can be part of the fun and some of them are sublime in their inexcusable horribleness, but too many of them too often start to bog the film down.
Still a must watch for fans of Zucker-Zucker-Abrahams and gag humour!
You ever seen a film that makes a visual reference to Vincent Van Gogh's self portrait?
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Best thing: Much of the pleasure of this film comes from sheer absurdity. One scene in particular was fascinating since it was clearly performed in reverse and then the voices were recorded with the film reversed. It must have been very carefully choreographed.
Worst thing: Val Kilmer gives a really underwhelming performance here. I know that he can be funny, but here all the humour seems to occur around him. I also found the regular musical numbers often interrupted the comedy in a way that was frustrating.
The funniest stuff is in the background. Val Kilmer isn’t funny at all. The musical segments are generally pretty boring. I wanted to like this and there are aspects that are great, but the film as a whole did not appeal.
My review is here:
Some brilliant sequences but scene for scene, just nowhere close to the caliber film that Airplane! is.
This is not as funny as I remember it being. There's a lot of plot to establish before they have room to be funny. “Top Secret!” is more of a silly take on a WW II spy film rather than an out and out spoof. Val Kilmer is very funny as Nick - an Elvis-esque pop star coming to East Germany to bring rock and roll to the Eastern Bloc. There he meets the Resistance led by Nigel and Hillary. He helps them fight the East Germans and of course falls for Hillary. There are good gags like the underwater fight, and the “Straighten Out the Rug,” number but the jokes provoke eye-rolls more often than not.
I watched "Naked Gun!" recently, and really enjoyed it. A friend told me that "Top Secret" was the best of the Zucker-Abrams-Zucker movies. In the mood for good parody, I popped it on. Well, I certainly do not agree with my friend. "Top Secret" has the same tone as "Naked Gun!", and the same joke-a-minute mentality, but is much less successful. The war cliches and spy tropes explored in this movie are limited. Most of the humor is actually pretty random, having little basis in the plot and perhaps are inspired more from pop culture. Val Kilmer completely nails his role as the popstar, and he alone makes the movie very watchable. But beyond his performance, I didn't find much to enjoy in this movie. The second half is better than the first half for me, but even then, nothing comes close to the gags of "Naked Gun!". Overall, not a recommend from me.
This movie is so god damn funny. I can't believe people don't talk about this film more than or as much as AIRPLANE!
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