This is a hybrid of an "Elvis" movie and a World War II "underground resistance" thriller. In his film debut, Val Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, a Presley-like American rock idol sent behind the Iron Curtain on a goodwill tour. Before long, he is involved in a complex espionage scheme, thanks to beautiful Lucy Gutteridge, the daughter of a scientist (Michael Gough), who is held captive by the Communists. Also essential to the action is flamboyant resistance leader Christopher Villiers and talks like James Mason. Adhering to Z-A-Z's cheerful disregard for people, places and events, the East Germans are depicted as Nazis, while the Underground is comprised of Frenchmen. The plot is mainly an excuse for the Z-A-Z team's fondness for joke-a-minute lampoonery. As in Z-A-Z’s other efforts, Top Secret! Scores its biggest yocks when invoking clichés that we never realized were cliches-and falls on its face whenever attempting a too-obvious gag (the biggest clinker: that pigeon statue in the park). Everyone has his or her favorite bits in this film: our faves include the resistance fighter named Déjà vu, Kilmer’s horrible nightmare while being tortured (he arrives too late to take final exams), the army-booted cow, the sensitive Pinto, and the East German National Anthem, sung to the tune of the Shorewood (Wisconsin) High School marching song. But let’s say no more: comedy of this nature is designed to be seen, not written or read about.

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12+ COMMON SENSE

Silly spy spoof delivers near-nonstop stream of laughs.

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Paramount
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Portuguese (Stereo, Subtitled)
Additional

English (Dolby, Stereo)

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