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 [show more]
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Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, the team behind the smash-hit disaster movie spoof 'Airplane', this time turn their attention to Elvis musicals and spy films. Val Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, a rock 'n' roll singer on tour in East Germany who has a chance meeting with Hillary Flammond (Lucy Gutteridge) and agrees to help free her imprisoned scientist father (Michael Gough). Before he knows it he's joined the French resistance and is attempting to thwart a Communist takeover of the West.
An American pop singer is pitted against the evil East German High Command in a race to prevent the ultimate weapon from being built. A comic spoof on World War II spy movies.