Top Secret!

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Top Secret!
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Produced by Jon Davison
Hunt Lowry
Written by Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Martyn Burke
Starring Val Kilmer
Lucy Gutteridge
Omar Sharif
Peter Cushing
Michael Gough
Jeremy Kemp
Christopher Villiers
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Christopher Challis
Edited by Françoise Bonnot
Bernard Gribble
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 8, 1984 (1984-06-08)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9 million[1]
Box office $20,458,340[2]

Top Secret! is a 1984 comedy film directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, whose previous picture had been the highly successful Airplane! It stars Val Kilmer (in his first feature film), Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough and Jeremy Kemp.

The film is a parody of both the musicals starring Elvis Presley and spy films of the Cold War era. The original music score was composed by Maurice Jarre.

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of Nick Rivers (Kilmer), a US pop singer. Rivers goes to East Germany to perform at a cultural festival. While there, he becomes involved in the French resistance movement and helps the beautiful Hillary Flammond (Gutteridge) rescue her father (Gough), a brilliant scientist being held by the East Germans and forced to build the deadly Polaris naval mine.

The film also features short performances by Omar Sharif as Agent Cedric, and Peter Cushing as a Swedish bookstore proprietor, in a scene filmed completely in reverse.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Skeet Surfing" (Parody mix based on Little Honda, Surfin' U.S.A., Fun, Fun, Fun, California Girls, and Hawaii) Brian Wilson, Mike Love,
Chuck Berry
Val Kilmer 2:58
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

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, Top Secret! has an overall approval rating of 76% and a weighted average of 6.6/10.[3] 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." [4] "Weird Al" Yankovic considers this his all-time favourite movie [1]

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