Top Secret!

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Released 1984

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Director:
Jim Abrahams
Released:
1984
Rating:
PG
Top Secret! is the name of the second comedy by the people who brought us Airplane. The film parodies both Elvis and World War II spy movies in a mash-up that purposefully doesn't make sense at times. In this movie, the names and dates, and even political affiliations of each side, may not be historically accurate. Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) is a rock star who is sent behind enemy lines of East Germany in order to foster peace on both sides. The Nazi Germans are being fought by the underground French revolutionary forces. Initially Nick has no intention of doing more than singing his songs and getting back to the United States. Unfortunately, his love interest Hillary (Lucy Gutteridge) cannot help involving him in an elaborate plan to free her father from the communists. When the German officials (in a cameo by the directors) show up to arrest Nick, he'll have to rely on his allies - a group of characters lampooning the common themes of past movies. The film is full of references to classic World War II movies, Elvis movies, and many contemporary stories such as The Wizard of Oz.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This movie will cheerfully go for a laugh wherever one is even remotely likely to be found. It has political jokes and boob jokes, dog poop jokes, and ballet jokes. It makes fun of...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    A bunch of scattered laughs. [22 June 1984, p.5-12]

  • 50

    Miami Herald

    The writers have 13-year-old humor in their hearts and an overdose of late-night movies in their minds. But there was no snowballing of the humor; the jokes leave you tickled, but ...

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Slapstick, Parody & Spoof