Hot Shots! Part Deux

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Not to be confused with Hot Shots II.
Hot Shots! Part Deux
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jim Abrahams
Produced by Bill Badalato
Pat Proft
Written by Jim Abrahams
Pat Proft
Starring Charlie Sheen
Lloyd Bridges
Valeria Golino
Richard Crenna
Brenda Bakke
Miguel Ferrer
Ryan Stiles
Rowan Atkinson
Jerry Haleva
Music by Basil Poledouris
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Edited by Malcolm Campbell
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • May 21, 1993 (1993-05-21)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
Box office $133,752,825[1]

Hot Shots! Part Deux is a 1993 comedy/parody film, and a sequel to the 1991 comedy Hot Shots!.

Directed again by Jim Abrahams, the film stars Charlie Sheen, Lloyd Bridges, Valeria Golino, Richard Crenna, Brenda Bakke, Miguel Ferrer, Rowan Atkinson, and Jerry Haleva. Sheen, who portrays a spoof of action heroes, went through a tough weight lifting/training program to gain the physique needed to play the role of an action hero.

Abrahams and Pat Proft were the writers of the screenplay. Members of both men's families have roles as extras.

Plot[edit]

One night, an American special forces team invades Saddam Hussein's (Haleva) palace and a nearby prison camp to rescue captured soldiers from Operation Desert Storm and to eliminate Saddam, but they find the Iraqis prepared for them, and the entire rescue team is captured. This failed operation turns out to be the latest in a series of rescue attempts which were foiled by the Iraqis, and consequently the advisors of President Benson (Admiral Benson in the previous film, played by Bridges) suspect sabotage in their own ranks. Colonel Denton Walters (Crenna) suggests to gain the aid of war hero Topper Harley (Sheen) for the next mission, but Topper has retired from the Navy and become a Buddhist in a small Thai village. Walters and Michelle Huddleston (Bakke), CIA, arrive and try to persuade him to come out of retirement in order to rescue the imprisoned soldiers and the previous rescue parties.

Topper initially refuses, but when yet another rescue mission (this one, in turn, led by Walters) goes awry, he agrees and parachutes into an Iraqi jungle with Harbinger (Ferrer), the sole escapee of the rescue mission shown at the beginning of the film, whom Topper suspects to be the wanted saboteur, Williams (Colyar), and Rabinowitz (Stiles), close to the heavily guarded hostage camp. Their contact turns out to be Topper's former love, Ramada (Golino), who guides them to a fishing boat that she prepared for their transportation. She and Topper reminisce, and she explains that she was married before she met him. When she was informed that her husband, Dexter (Atkinson), was still alive and a prisoner in Iraq, she volunteered to participate in his liberation, but was instructed to keep this strictly confidential, forcing her to break up with Topper just as they were ready to start a new life together (which was also the cause for his subsequent retirement).

Topper's team proceeds to the prison camp disguised as river fishermen, but a confrontation with an Iraqi patrol boat thwarts them. When President Benson hears of the apparent failure of another mission, he takes matters into his own hands; however, Topper and his teammates reach the Iraqi hostage camp. In the course of the operation, the alarm is raised and a gunfight ensues, during which Topper finds out that Harbinger is not the saboteur, but has merely lost faith in fighting, and manages to motivate him. After the prisoners are freed, Topper decides to rescue Dexter, who has been brought to Saddam's palace.

While the squad evacuates the hostages, Topper enters Saddam's palace and runs into the dictator himself, who pulls out his machine pistol and commands Topper to surrender. Topper disarms Saddam, and they engage in a sword fight. President Benson arrives and orders Topper to rescue Dexter while Benson and Saddam continue the duel. Benson defeats Saddam by spraying him with a fire extinguisher, upon which he and his dog solidify, crack, and melt, only to subsequently combine and reform as Saddam with his dog's head fur, nose, and ears. In the meantime, Topper manages to find and liberate Dexter. Topper is forced to carry Dexter out on his shoulder as the Iraqis have tied his shoelaces together, however.

The squad heads back to the army helicopter, where Ramada, after a complicated revelation involving unfounded jealousy, reveals and arrests Michelle as the saboteur who betrayed the previous rescue attempts to the Iraqis. Dexter arrives with Topper and insists on taking a picture of him and Ramada, but backs away too far and topples over a cliff. President Benson joins the escapees, and the evacuation team lifts off; Saddam is about to shoot down the chopper when Topper and Ramada get rid of extra weight in it by pushing a piano out the open door, which crushes him. Topper and Ramada kiss as they ride off into the sunset, although the chopper gets a little scorched from flying through the sun.

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Reception[edit]

Reviews for Hot Shots! Part Deux were generally favorable, although not to the extent of its predecessor.[2][3] Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 59% based on reviews from 29 critics.[3]

Roger Ebert noted that the film references such movies as Lady and the Tramp, Rambo III, and Apocalypse Now, as well as the fairy tale The Story of the Three Bears. Ebert concluded, "Movies like this are more or less impervious to the depredations of movie critics. Either you laugh, or you don't. I laughed."[4]

The film became a financial success at the box office in 1993, grossing over $130 million worldwide.[5]

Mockumentary promotion[edit]

As part of the film's promotion, a mockumentary was aired on Home Box Office. Titled Hearts of Hot Shots! Part Deux—A Filmmaker's Apology, the mockumentary parodied Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, the 1991 documentary about the making of the film Apocalypse Now (which starred Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen).[6] In a memorable scene in Hot Shots! Part Deux, Martin and Charlie Sheen briefly encounter each other in a scene parodying both Apocalypse Now and Platoon and comment to each other about their respective performance in Wall Street.

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