Hot Shots! Part Deux
|Hot Shots! Part Deux|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jim Abrahams|
|Produced by||Bill Badalato
|Written by||Jim Abrahams
|Music by||Basil Poledouris|
|Cinematography||John R. Leonetti|
|Editing by||Malcolm Campbell|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||86 minutes|
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.
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.
- Charlie Sheen as Topper Harley
- Lloyd Bridges as President Thomas "Tug" Benson
- Valeria Golino as Ramada Rodham Hayman
- Brenda Bakke as Michelle Huddleston
- Richard Crenna as Colonel Denton Walters
- Miguel Ferrer as Commander Arvid Harbinger
- Rowan Atkinson as Dexter Hayman
- Jerry Haleva as Saddam Hussein
- David Wohl as Gerou
- Mitchell Ryan as Senator Gray Edwards
- Michael Colyar as Williams
- Ryan Stiles as Rabinowitz
- Gregory Sierra as The Captain (uncredited)
- Clyde Kusatsu as Prime Minister Soto (uncredited)
- Martin Sheen as Benjamin L. Willard (uncredited)
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."
The film became a financial success at the box office in 1993, grossing over $130 million worldwide.
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). 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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- "Hot Shots! Part Deux". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
- Ebert, Roger (May 21, 1993). "Hot Shots, Part Deux". Rogerebert.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- "Hot Shots! Part Deux". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- Hearts of Hot Shots! Part Deux - A Filmmaker's Apology Television show - Hearts of Hot Shots! Part Deux - A Filmmaker's Apology TV Show - Yahoo! TV