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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…
If you have seen any of Zucker and co's other films then you know what to expect from this one. Lots of sight gags, pop culture references, breaking the fourth wall, and utter absurdity. Only this time they are taking on the spy genre. It's so very silly but a lot of fun.
While this is a funny film and I do enjoy it, I must say that it is the weaker of the ZAZ (Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker) movies. I don't really know what's missing, but Airplane! and The Naked Gun have sharper comedy and the funny moments have more of a punch.
Regardless of it being a weaker than it's sister movies it is still a very good send-up of spy movies (and Elvis movies).
gloriously stupid. there's a joke in every shot.
At least fifty per cent of the gags work in this follow-up to Airplane! but when they come along as rapidly as they do, that's still a pretty darned good strike rate; if one joke doesn't tickle your fancy (so to speak), another one will be along just a few seconds later!
Being spoofed this time is the Cold War spy thriller which somehow morphs into a parody of every Nazis vs. the French Resistance movie you've ever seen with skits based on films as diverse as Casablanca, The Great Escape and even The Blue Lagoon.
Kilmer makes his film debut as the junior league James Bond, an Elvis-style American rock singer on a cultural exchange trip to East Germany…
Val Kilmer. Elvis.
It's a stupid, infectiously fun film.
Uma produção massivamente satírica é sempre um risco exorbitante. No entanto eu arrisco sempre abrir os olhos quando se trata de momentos esquecidos, e importantes recordar na forma de sátira ou memória.
Top Secret! é tremendamente bem-sucedido. Para mim, adepta de projectos mais independentes e um pouco mais ligados ao espírito, alma e coração, foi um sopro fresco de comédia e boa disposição, e uma visão libertadora do passado.
Ao mesmo tempo que nos faz lembrar a guerra e as sátiras que já na altura se proclamavam em jornais regionais, as caricaturas que são hoje pedras preciosas do crescimento cultural e do interesse prematuro por jornais e magazines, Top Secret! reaviva a memória para lendas que não se alcançam em…
An overlooked and goofy gem from the creators of Airplane! with a great singing and dancing performance from Val Kilmer in a parody of Elvis films with a bunch of other films thrown into the mix too.
Just like "Airplane" this movie contains such a great and unique but also bizarre humor! You can truly feel how creative people actually put thought into the script which is full of smart and funny constructed jokes.
I haven't laughed this hard at a film in a long time, never a dull moment.
Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…