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|Directed by||Jim Abrahams
|Produced by||Jon Davison
|Written by||Jim Abrahams
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Edited by||Françoise Bonnot
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Top Secret! is a 1984 action comedy film directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, whose previous picture had been Airplane! It stars Val Kilmer (in his first feature film), Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough and Jeremy Kemp.
Nick Rivers (Kilmer), a United States rock star, has the number one song in America ("Skeet Surfing"). He travels to East Germany to perform at a cultural festival, and at a dinner, he sees the beautiful Hillary Flammond (Gutteridge), a member of the resistance movement, attempting to avoid the authorities. He pretends to be her date to get to know her, and performs an impromptu song and dance ("Tutti-Frutti") mistakenly thinking that he was asked to do so, to the delight of Hillary and the crowd but to the annoyance of the emcee who intended to introduce someone else. He later sees Hillary at a ballet, where she is trying to meet with a resistance contact, but is met by the police instead. Nick saves her and they try to escape, but Nick turns himself in so that Hillary can get away. He is taken to a prison where he is questioned and tortured, but he knows nothing and does not break. In an escape attempt, he ends up in the secret lab of Dr. Paul Flammond (Gough), a brilliant scientist developing the "Polaris naval mine", a device that can destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet; the Germans force him to work by threatening to kill his daughter Hillary. Nick is recaptured and scheduled for execution.
The East Germans decide that Nick must perform to avoid an international incident, and he does so to the rapturous joy of the local girls ("How Silly Can You Get"/"Spend This Night With Me"). He is rescued by Hillary at the end of his performance after which they spend the night in the loft of a Swedish bookstore. Nick plays for her ("Are You Lonesome Tonight?") and they make love. They are moved to the "Potato Farm" where they meet members of the French Resistance, led by Nigel "The Torch" (Villiers), who was a lover of Hillary from when they were stranded on an island as youths. Nick is upset by Hillary's residual love for Nigel, but accepts that they must work together for the cause. After fighting off an attack by the Germans, they move to a soda shop where Nick proves that he's not a traitor by performing for the locals ("Straighten Out the Rug").
The resistance group stages a rescue of Dr. Flammond, where Nigel and Du Quois, a resistance leader, dress up in a fake cow outfit to disable the defenses. As the other members successfully infiltrate the prison, Nigel reveals himself as the traitor, but is thwarted by an amorous bull. Dr. Flammond is rescued, but Nigel makes off with Hillary, and Nick is forced to rescue her in an underwater barroom fight. With their flight about to leave, Hillary chooses to go with Nick and her father to America, saying farewell to her resistance friends.
- Val Kilmer as Nick Rivers
- Lucy Gutteridge as Hillary Flammond
- Christopher Villiers as Nigel "The Torch", Resistance Leader
- Jeremy Kemp as Gen. Streck
- Omar Sharif as Agent Cedric
- Peter Cushing as Bookstore Proprietor
- Michael Gough as Dr. Paul Flammond
- Warren Clarke as Col. von Horst
- Harry Ditson as Du Quois, Resistance Member
- Jim Carter as Déjà Vu, Resistance Member
- Eddie Tagoe as Chocolate Mousse, Resistance Member
- John Sharp as Maitre'D
- Ian McNeice as Blind Souvenir Vendor
- Gertan Klauber as The Mayor of Berlin
- Richard Mayes as Vladimir Biletnikov
- Tristram Jellinek as Maj. Crumpler
- John Carney as Klaus
- O.T as Bruno
- Doug Robinson as Sgt. Kruger (uncredited)
- Dimitri Andreas as Latrine, Resistance Member
- Vyvyan Lorrayne as Madam Bergeron
- Max Faulkner as East German Officer (uncredited)
|1.||"Skeet Surfing" (Parody mix based on Little Honda, Surfin' U.S.A., Fun, Fun, Fun, California Girls, and Hawaii)||Brian Wilson, Mike Love,
|2.||"Are You Lonesome Tonight?"||Lou Handman, Roy Turk||Val Kilmer||1:32|
|3.||"How Silly Can You Get"||Phil Pickett||Val Kilmer||2:48|
|4.||"Straighten Out the Rug"||Paul Hudson||Val Kilmer||2:56|
|5.||"Tutti Frutti"||Dorothy LaBostrie, Richard Penniman||Val Kilmer||1:38|
|6.||"Spend This Night With Me"||David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Mike Moran||Val Kilmer||3:26|
On Rotten Tomatoes, Top Secret! has an overall approval rating of 76% and a weighted average of 6.6/10. Roger Ebert rated it 3.5/4 and applauded the humour, noting that "To describe the plot would be an exercise in futility" and "This movie will cheerfully go for a laugh wherever one is even remotely likely to be found."  "Weird Al" Yankovic considers this his all-time favourite movie.
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