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Top Secret! [DVD]

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp, Christopher Villiers
  • Directors: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
  • Writers: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Martyn Burke
  • Producers: David Zucker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Yiddish
  • Subtitles: Hebrew, Italian, French, German, Turkish, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Greek, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov. 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPO2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,096 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An American rock star is lured into an insidious plot to reunite East and West Germany under East German rule.

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In between the disaster movie satire Airplane! in 1980 and the hardboiled cop show parody The Naked Gun in 1988, the comedy crew of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker put together a picture that's almost as funny as their better-known hits. Top Secret! sends up spy movies and cheesy teen rock 'n' roll musicals. Val Kilmer stars as swivel-hipped American rocker Nick Rivers, a sort of blonde Elvis whose secret weapon is Little Richard's tune "Tutti Fruitti." On tour behind the Iron Curtain, Nick strikes blows for democracy overtly and covertly, with his music as well as his espionage skills. In short, this is a very, very silly motion picture. Some great gags, including a subtitled scene in a Swedish book shop, and an inspired bit with a Ford Pinto that not everybody may get anymore. (The Pinto, you may or may not recall, was notoriously prone to gas tank explosions when rear-ended.) --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first time I saw this film was in a South African cinema in 1984 upon its initial release. I was 9 years old and laughed so much that I had to be excused to the bathroom midway through. This has never happened before or since I might add. As soon as I'd finished watching the film I wanted to see it again. I dragged all of my friends to go and see it - and each of them wanted to go and see it again too! In total we went to see this film 7 times at the cinema on its initial release, each time finding new gags to chuckle at.
Now, roll on 18 years and I've finally found this film on VHS. Is it still as funny as it was in 1984? Well, I suppose that I'm a little more discerning about comedy these days, but this film is just so full of gags that I was forced to laugh all the way through. I have not seen another comedy that manages to cram so much funny stuff into such a short space of time. And because the directors weren't satisfied with simply filling the length of the film with great gags, they also layered them deep into most scenes. So at any one time you will have a main foreground gag going on and one or more gags happening somewhere in the background that you'll probably only notice on the third of fourth viewing!
It's full of highly memorable imagery and brilliant comic performances throughout and is the definitive Zucker & Abrahams classic.
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A 'cult classic' is what we're talking about here. At the time, and even now, some just won't get it.

It is interesting that Airplane!, which came before, and The Naked Gun, which followed, were huge successes and this is probably because they were more disciplined parodies of highly recognisable genres. Here, though, as in The Kentucky Fried Movie where they began, the team just let ideas run wild. Although more surreal, this is no less funny and at times is probably the best work they've done.

The songs are sublime, from a razor-sharp Beach Boys spoof to a reworded Are You Lonesome Tonight? turned into an advertising jingle. The dialogue sparkles, the jokes are terrific and the fact that Val Kilmer is taking it so seriously (he always does - and this actually makes the film funnier now that he is so well-known) just adds to the brilliance.

Who can forget the city map turning into a Pac-Man game, the giant pigeon statue or the scene with Peter Cushing, filmed entirely backwards - a scene which was ripped off by an advertising campaign for Tennants Pilsner which must have lasted a decade?

Of course, today many of the targets sent up will perhaps have been forgotten. Who now remembers Midnight Express, The Blue Lagoon, any number of cheesy Elvis, World War II and Cold War movies...perhaps even Pac Man itself?

The fact that it's so brimming with ideas will just be too much for some viewers, like a cake that's too rich. Others will be in comedy heaven.
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Most people don't seem to know about Top Secret, but if you thought films such as 'Airplane!' and 'The Naked Gun' were funny then you should buy this film immediately - yes, it's made by the same guys, Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers and it's probably the best film that they've done together.
The jokes are incessant, frequently very funny and sometimes absolutely hilarious.
Even for an Airplane film the plot is completely loopy: Val Kilmer is an American rock star on tour in communist East Germany (although the germans all wear nazi uniforms) when he chances upon the daughter of a scientist who is being held against his will by the German army. They enlist the help of the French resistance (?), who are being led by the daughter's long-lost childhood sweetheart with whom she was stranded on a tropical island(a complete send-up of 'The Blue Lagoon').
It's a completely stupid movie that never dares to take itself seriously and is one that you will watch over and over again. The dvd format makes it even more of a must buy, as you can jump straight to you favourites and watch them ad-infinitum.
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From the opening bridge smashing, train-top chase through the "what phoney dog poo" all the way to Nick Rivers scattering bikes like horses this movie serves up some of the most childish and infantile jokes the world has ever seen. And everyone of them is right on the money. Val Kilmer plays Nick an american singer in east germany who ends up on the wrong side of the law and hooks up with the french underground (yep, it's that silly) in an effort to rescue her father from a prison. "It all sounds like something out of a bad movie". Top Secret pokes fun of war movies, elvis movies, prison movies, any movie it can really even the blue lagoon! Val Kilmer's best movie to date! if you like airplane or hotshots you'll like this.
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ok so some film critics say " where is the ending?" I had seen this on telly years and years ago, i liked the Airplane/Police Squad films and this is one from that stable. i had videoed it from a broadcast years ago but subsequently lost the tape. i needed a copy. so online and got it at a very reasonable price. some references may be missed by UK audience members, The runaway military vehicle rear-ending at a very slow speed a Ford Pinto. this car was not a triumph of marketing or design, the word Pinto in southern America means a male reproductive organ which is small, so no self respecting macho south American would be likely to buy it, the other problem was that it did indeed catch fire if rear-ended in an accident, if such an accident happened the red hot exhaust pipe would pierce the fuel tank and the car would catch a fire. i played the disc and for the first five minutes i hadnt noticed that it was playing in Spanish. part of the jokes are that incongruous situations abound,,i remembered the Swedish bookseller ( played by Peter Cushing) was speaking backwards so it sounds "foreign" anyway. its supposed to be East Germany, but the military act and are in the uniforms of Nazis. the country has an active French resistance . and there is a reference to the film "Lagoon" whats not to like?
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