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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…
"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…
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.
I like Airplane!, I love The Naked Gun, but Top Secret! is just freakin' sublime.
Loved this film a lot. It's a shame some of the references are pretty obscure these days, but 98% of jokes are timeless (and great).
I talked through the whole thing, but I laughed every time I looked up.
Ugh. I hope they at least gave Omar Sharif a ton of money for this crap.
Deliriously silly, I might like this even more than Airplane! because this one has all the hilarity and a killer bunch of Elvis/Beach Boys knock-off songs. Plus ultimate babe Omar Sharif. Top shelf ridiculous comedy and I loved every minute.
2016 movie viewings, #168. As I've mentioned before, after largely being disappointed with the selection of free movies that came with my Amazon Prime account earlier this year, the company just in the last month has started really stepping up the quality of the selections they're now making, and so I now find myself watching a series of older movies there not for any specific reasons, but merely because I can download these movies in their entirety to my Amazon Fire tablet and then watch them offline in places where I normally don't have WiFi access, a one-two benefit of keeping your hardware and software all within the Amazon ecosystem that I find hard to pass up. (And to be…
Apart from the cow silliness and the Swedish bookstore bit - which is just weird, even for TOP SECRET - this is crazy comedy perfection from the genre's golden age. I watched this for the first time when I was in my early teens and I still find it just as enjoyable. Also highly recommended for film teachers. You can learn A LOT about moviemaking from watching these absurd gems.
The Zucker-verse: Airplane>Naked Gun>Top Secret>Naked Gun 2 1/2>The rest of 'em.
Like me, this has not aged well
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