Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
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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.
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…
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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.
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.
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Anyone looking to see how to make a spoof/parody movie should look no further than this. My wife has waxed lyrically about this film for years as when she was a child her best friends brother worked on this an Pinewood. Take a bow Mr David Allday, a man who even got his name into Tim Burton's "Batman". There's a scene in it where a nameplate on a table bears his name during a press conference with Commissioner Gordon, trivial I know but the girls still talk about it.
Val Kilmer has never been funnier. He's also never been thinner, boy is he thin here. A crazy plot that involves an evil East Germany attempting to sink…
Massively overestimates how much I want to watch Val Kilmer lip sync.
Proper belly laughs at the visual gags. Sharif as a car killed me
Top Secret doesn't have the gag per minute ratio of Airplane (the benchmark for all spoofs) but it has a consistency in it's gags that modern spoof makers could only dream about. I'm hard pressed of a gag in Top Secret that didn't make a mark, be it laugh or smile.
THIS MOVIE WAS SO FUNNY!!! nick told me it was funny but he didnt tell me val kilmer was HOT AF in this one like.. i died... anyway i wish there were more modern comedies that used visual gags like this?? all ive seen recently that comes close is like. the WHAS netflix series maybe. ANYWAY
I wasn't very impressed by this less-than-Airplane Zucker comedy. Some the jokes hit pretty well, but overall, I expected more. Maybe I'm being unfair, but life isn't fair, Mr. Zucker! Buuuuaaaaahhhhhh!
Streaming: For every misfired joke that made me roll my eyes and groan, there was one that made me laugh out loud.
Easily the worst of the ZAZ comedies - but it's worth watching over your latest screwball gross out R rated comedy you'll find at the Redox these days.
Thank God they discovered Leslie Nielsen quickly after this.
It may lack the energy of spoof movies such as The Naked Gun and Airplane! But Top Secret! Still offers a lot of great laughs.
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