Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Don't tell anyone.
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.
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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…
Birthday screening where I managed to introduce this film to about 12 people who'd never heard of it. How this isn't regarded as a classic is beyond me, still one of my favourite comedies of all time with a gag rate like a French resistance Tommy gun.
One thing I like revisiting a movie I haven't seen in many years. I recall this being on Comedy Central a lot.
A lampoon on an "Elvis" movie, w/ Val Kilmer as the heart throb rocker, on a tour of west Germany during World War 2 times.
What you get here is a lot of clever hilarity and some down right slapstick humor. Nothing short or less from the people who brought you Airplane!.
Marcus Do Spoofs The Movies #3 is Top Secret! First one that I hadn't seen before. Very glad I sought this one out, for sure one of the greats. Val Kilmer kills it.
Wow, how silly can you get? I laughed non-stop, just because some things were so dumb that they were non-sequiturs.
There were a lot of German jokes lost on me, and I actually know a little German. It's a big oversight when the person the joke is intended for doesn't get it, and the butt of the joke is the only one who understands. And I'm sure the jokes were culturally insensitive, as much as we'd like to villain East Germany during the time. It's a time capsule to another era in that regard. But all the same, it's exploitative on many cultural fronts.
That said, it's a cornball of a movie but a lot of work went into it. Especially a scene that was all shot underwater for no reason. It must have had a large budget and a lot of ambition behind it. I think it met that ambition, but it hasn't aged well.
Some great gags, but they don't hit at the same impossibly-high rate as in Airplane!. Kilmer puts in a pretty good all around performance, what with the singing and the dancing and the smooching and the fighting, but the songs were largely superfluous and should have been excised to create a tighter, chucklier flick.
A lot of the humor falls flat, but they cram in so many jokes in there that enough of them stick and make for an enjoyable movie overall. The cow joke referenced in the poster is probably one of the funniest bits.
I'm not a fan of Val Kilmer, but he was great in this one. Between this and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I'm thinking that he's at his best in comedies.
*Edit: Actually, I'm adding a half star for the underwater bar scene and the "bookstore in reverse" scene.
Funny bits. Overall not the best spoof movie.
Great childhood memories attached to this film. Long live LeTrine!!
And how can you forget the cow rape!? Heil Top Secret!
PS. No real animals were hurt in the making of this film.
One of the greatest of all gag films, if only for the single-take Swedish bookstore tour and the underwater saloon fight.
Hardest laugh? Cut to close-up reveals horse singing opera.
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