Top Secret!

"Extraordinary"

Top Secret! Review


I don't care what the Zucker-Abrahams-Zuckers say, Top Secret! is the best parody/farce ever made.

On the new DVD's commentary track -- the trio behind Airplane!, Hot Shots, and a few other classic (and less classic) parodies -- the ZAZ crew are candid about being less than happy with their work in retrospect, and while the film is certainly dated, I still think it's a real winner.

And I'll prove it:

1) Val Kilmer owns this movie. He sings, he dances, he tells jokes like he was born a Marx brother. Between this and Real Genius, Kilmer proves he was born for comedy, second only to maybe Peter Sellers as the most naturally funny guy alive.

2) The script is funny, too. The punchlines come fast and furiously, and even the ZAZ guys admit there are more gags here than in Airplane! I think they're funnier too. The Airplane! "drinking problem" is humorous but overused in the movie. Top Secret!'s jokes are repeated only once or twice (witness the hilarity of the return of a certain 110-volt electrical device), and rarely do they misfire. This is of course a matter of opinion, but if mocking WWII and Elvis movies together sounds like your cup of tea, you'll probably dig the humor here.

3) The songs -- yes, this is a musical, and Kilmer does all his own singing -- are great. Inspired/borrowed from Beach Boys and Elvis tunes, they're hummable and memorable in their own right.

4) Omar Sharif! And Peter Cushing!

ZAZ guys, give your movie more credit. Sure 12 people on earth have seen it, sure the Elvis genre was well dead by 1984, and sure most of your cast went AWOL the day production wrapped, but this is a genuinely funny film. I heard you laughing on the commentary track -- and we're laughing along with you. I stand by my opinion: Top Secret! makes Airplane! look about as funny as Babette's Feast.

A must-see!



Top Secret!

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Friday 8th June 1984

Box Office Worldwide: $20.5M

Budget: $9M

Distributed by: Paramount Home Video

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Fresh: 26 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Nick Rivers, as Hillary Flammond, as Buchhändler, as General Streck, as Rebellenführer, as Colonel von Horst, Harry Ditson as Du Quois, as Déjà Vu, Eddie Tagoe as Chocolate Mousse, as Agent Cedric, as Major Crumpler, Billy J. Mitchell as Martin, Nicks Manager, as Blinder Andenkenverkäufer, as Dr. Paul Flammond

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.