Top Secret!HD Closed Captioning
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker
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The second of Zucker-Abraham-Zucker's theatrical-feature spoofs (Airplane was the first, discounting the patchwork Kentucky Fried Movie), Top Secret! lampoons practically every film genre. Specifically, however, 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) held captive by the Communists. Also essential to the action is flamboyant resistance leader Christopher Villiers, who behaves like Victor Mature in Betrayed (1954) 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, skewering cinematic targets ranging from The Blue Lagoon (1980) to The Wizard of Oz (1939). As in Z-A-Z's other efforts, Top Secret! scores its biggest yocks when invoking cliches 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 Deja Vu ("Haven't we met somewhere before?"), 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.
Worth the money? Not for a download.
I agree with what's been said. Excellent film, one of the funniest of its genres (remember the backwards part?) But at £7 to buy? For a film that's 24years old?? It's not even as though you get a disc and a pretty box is it. This is a disgusting rip off. REDUCE your prices iTunes. You could have had over £50 off me by now if your prices were reasonable. Add that to the thousands who also don't buy from you because of the inflated cost. You're missing out. Big time.
Good film, but £3.49 rental??!!!!!!
This film, from what I remember, is very funny if you like the Airplane type silly humour, and well worth a watch. However, I can't recommend it at a rental price of £3.49. Has someone got the price wrong? The older ones are normally £2.49. £3.49 is a ridiculous price for a film that's so old.
Top Secret more like Top Dolar
This film is brilliant, the most orginal comdey i have seen in a long time i got it for 5 euros in spain so cant see why its 7 pound on here when downloads means you can only watch it on the pc or your ipod its a bit of a rip off. but that being said this film is wicked if u havn't seen it, Watch it! "And I'll miss you most of all Scarecrow"
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- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2002
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