Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Don't tell anyone.
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.
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…
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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…
A flat out comedy masterpiece, and staggeringly, one that remains the ZAZ team's undiscovered feature for many. It is my life's mission to get more people to see it.
Whilst it’s fairly understandable that some things will get lost in the shuffle when your back catalogue includes the likes of the Naked Gun films and Airplane!, I can’t understand how little praise I’ve seen for this film over the years. It does lack a real stand out or oft quoted gag such as the “I am serious... and don't call me Shirley” line from Airplane! or a character as strongly defined as the Naked Gun’s Frank Drebin, but it does have just as high a hit rate of stupidly puerile humour, great sight gags, clever wordplay and inventive shots to mean that it should be included in any discussion of the best spoof comedies.
It also has a great…
Well, I'm just come right out and say it, this movie fucking sucks! It's not funny, it's all over the place in all the worst ways (a spy spoof mixed with Elvis Presley parodies with a little Blue Lagoon thrown in?) and it's, above all, painfully dull. It also features no less then 6 Val Kilmer musical numbers and let me tell you, there's a reason why he never found success as either a musician or a comic after this bad boy. Coming from Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker, the team behind the making of 2 my personal all time favorite comedies: Airplane! and Ruthless People, it couldn't be more disappointing either. It's like they made the movie solely to have…
Val Kilmer was at the time just a young guy, but he made it - this movie was ok but nothing more and i don't remember any specifics about it - i just remember that i saw it in the theatre of on VHS, i think!
This just didn't work for me, which is a shame because I really enjoyed Airplane and The Naked Gun.
Top Secret is in the same vein as those movies, filled with puns and visual gags in every scene. I'm not sure what it was about this one exactly that I didn't enjoy as much, but it doesn't hold a candle to the before mentioned films.
The last 30 minutes is really fun though.
Humor absurdo del que me gusta, del que tanto quiero aprender. Película mítica.
One of my all time favourite comedy movies.
I love these old Leslie Nielsen-esque parody movies. The humour somehow manages to be blatantly obvious and sometimes subtle as well. And it's not dumb in the same way that modern parody movies are, although I can't explain why.
Cow scene worth an extra star all by itself. I was quite shocked they could pull that off back in 1984.
Holy cow, man.
How do you follow up one of the best comedies of all time ('Airplane!'), and one of the best cancelled TV shows ever made ('Police Squad!')?
You make another exclamatorily punctuated movie, this time involving the combined spoofery of Elvis Presley musicals, and World War Two spy thrillers.
THAT is 'Top Secret!'.
For sure, it's not quite as classic as 'Airplane!', which is one of my all-time favourite films in existence. But that doesn't make it any less fucking absurd and insane and weird and stupid and hysterically awesome.
Let's go through just a handful of the great stuff in 'Top Secret!':
This is Val Kilmer's first movie. Can you believe it?
No me cansaré de darle las gracias a diocito por los 80.
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