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Top Secret (1984) [VHS]
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In between the disaster movie satire Airplane! in 1980 and the hardboiled cop show parody The Naked Gun in 1988, the comedy crew of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker put together a picture that's almost as funny as their better-known hits. Top Secret! sends up spy movies and cheesy teen rock & roll musicals. Val Kilmer stars as swivel-hipped American rocker Nick Rivers, a sort of blonde Elvis whose secret weapon is Little Richard's tune "Tutti Fruitti." On tour behind the Iron Curtain, Nick strikes blows for democracy overtly and covertly, with his music as well as his espionage skills. In short, this is a very, very silly motion picture. Some great gags, including a subtitled scene in a Swedish book shop, and an inspired bit with a Ford Pinto that not everybody may get anymore. (The Pinto, you may or may not recall, was notoriously prone to gas tank explosions when rear-ended.) --Jim Emerson

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  • If you liked Airplane! you'll love Top Secret!
    I've been a fan of the ZAZ team for as long as I can remember. And this is one of their classic films- Top Secret! spoofs both Elvis musicals and doubleya-doubleya two films- and does it really well. There's sight gags, background gags, puns, a scene shot entirely in reverse, an underwater saloon fight, what else do you want in a movie? I've watched Top Secret! on a regular basis for 15 years, whether it's the version I taped off of TV or the DVD, and am still not bored with it. I always find some new gag that somehow escaped me in previous viewings. While Top Secret! isn't as well known as Airplane!, it's just as hilarious. Watching it with the commentary is not advised- it's quite possibly the worst commentary track I've come across and it's mostly just a bunch of guys laughing. A note- the "alternate scenes" featured in the DVD were re-inserted for the TV version of the movie....more info
  • Even funnier if you know some German
    Very funny movie! Even funnier if you know some German because almost everything the Germans say in this movie sounds perfectly German - but it isn't....more info
  • There is sauerkraut in my liederhosen
    I am shocked to see so many regarding this movie so high. I thought for the general public, it was too slapstick and crude. To me, it is one of, if not the funniest comedies i've ever seen. This is one of the only movies where I laugh out loud when i'm alone.

    This movie pulls no punches. It is absolutely silly and the characters are'nt afraid to say it. Who can forget the hero's: Escargot, Souffle, Detante, Avant Guard, Croissant, De ja Vu, Latrine, Chevalier, and Chocolate Mousse to name a few? A man who get's killed for dog biscuits? A manager who get's impaled upon a large mechanical device? A spy who survives in a compacted car? An unbreakable window at the Potato Farm?

    Yes folks, it all happens and more. If you enjoyed the Zucker brothers films, then you'll enjoy Top Secret. One of the pioneer movies that changed the face of comedy....more info
  • Top Secret featuring Val Kilmer
    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's hysterical from beginning to end. I'm just so happy that I was able to find it on DVD at Amazon.com.

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  • Get ready to laugh!
    Forget "Airplane", forget "Naked Gun", and definitely forget "Hot Shots". You want something funny? This is one of the funniest, most underrated movies I've ever seen. I never really thought of Val Kilmer as a funny guy. At least, not until I saw this. The story doesn't really make a lot of sense, but it's basically about a rock star who gets caught up in some kind of international conspiracy, and craziness ensues. The story's not that important, it's the goofy little left-wing gags that will win you over. Soldiers play tic tac toe with by shooting out window panes, the general's rundown of the plan of action in which a perfect scale model just happens to be nearby, and everytime Kilmer gets intimate with his lady friend, a fireplace suddenly appears out of nowhere, even in mid-air as they jump from an airplane. If any of that made you smile rather than roll your eyes, you need to rent this. Recommended highly to fans of "Airplane" and "Naked Gun". It's pretty stupid, but in a good way....more info
  • Almost perfect...
    Definitely a great DVD to own... I've been waiting forever to have this hilarious movie in my DVD collection.

    The downside is the commentary. For one thing, it's extremely spotty. (i.e. three-minute gaps between comments.) For another, starting about halfway through the film, the directors begin to badmouth it relentlessly. I mean, I bought your freakin' DVD! Couldn't you at least say some nice things? Among their comments are: "Do we have to watch the rest of this?" and "I think you could make a really solid 25 minute movie out of this material." It's awful, frustrating commentary.

    That said, I've loved the movie for a long time. Audio is great, transfer is nice....more info

  • Pure comedy genius
    I absolutely LOVE this movie, with some of the most ingenius sight gags in movie history (the train station is my personal favorite, followed closely by the Swedish bookstore). It was nice to hear an audio commentary from all three directors, though I didn't care for "moderator" Fred Rubin.

    I'm hard to impress these days, having seen too many movies to be mindblown by them anymore, but "Top Secret" had me collapsed on the sofa. The point here is the gags, not the plot. I can't believe how underrated this movie is, and would encourage everyone to give it a shot....more info

  • Discover new laughs with every viewing
    Top Secret! Combines all the best of comedy: parody (mostly of spy films and the Elvis genre), slapstick, sight gags, puns and plays on words, and just general laughs of both a juvenile and high-brow nature. Some of the funniest moments take place in the background, behind the main scene. This is a film you can watch twice in a row and pick up different laughs each time. I also just discovered that there are even laughs to be found in the closing credits, and I've been watching this movie for 2 decades now! Top Secret! is one of those magical movies that appeals to viewers of all ages, even those who didn't live in the time of the Berlin Wall, and there are jokes to appeal to all senses of humor.

    There is no obvious way to tell this is a 1980's movie--it stays perfectly in the time period the directors were trying to portray. This is a gem and I'm glad it wasn't tainted by any attempts at a sequel.
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  • the best
    it was and still is popular in romania...more info
  • A dollar short and a day late
    There a a few okay gags, but just okay, and the pace was too slow. Certainly nowhere near as good as Airplane, and if that's a 5-star, this one, by comparison is lucky to get 2 stars. Well, even the Zuckers/Abrahams combo can have an off day. I kinda liked the cow though. One star was for the cow....more info
  • A suprising laugh fest
    I did not know what to expect when watching this for the first time. I had seen this video around for sale before, but I had no idea it was by the Zucker Brothers and Jim Abraham. And upon inspection of the credits etc.. and saw it was made in 1984! The cover made it look like a modern day movie, but i'm glad i finally go tto see it.

    Top secret is typical Zucker/Abraham humour like there other films, Airplane(flying high), Naked Gun & Kentucky Fried Movie. This one however may not be the funniest movie they have done, but it is the funniest movie about a rocker from America who goes to Germany to be the first ever rocker allowed to perform in the country, but ends up tangled up with a woman who is the head of the underground rebellion and there misshap adventures continue from there.

    What I really liked about the film was how it was shot in 84, yet it looks like a huge hollywood blockbuster from the 50's or 60's. Huge stages and looks very 'classic' in it's appearence. It really is a wonderull job in shooting it and the scenery and backgrounds are very nice... and thats coming from someone who never gives a s#!~ abou tthat kind of stuff!!!! IMO it deserves an award for it, you just dont see those kind of things anymore these days.

    Overall, the comedy is definitly there. It is funny, whacky and crazy as you expect from the Z-Z-A trio. But what really suprises me is how the 3 of them dont seem to like the film very much from there audio commentary. They said the movie did nothing when it was released but has done well in the rental market! They say it's 'cause you can fast forward the slow bits and get to the interesting part and watch a 30 minute movie... nah, i thought it paced ok, so i dunno what there on about it. it probably just went up against something else that took all the focus off this one.

    Overall, it's a great film for what it is. Garenteed to make the Airplane/naked gun/KFM fans laugh....more info
  • This is NOT Mel Torm¨¦!
    For those who agree that this is one of the funniest movies of its genre, this DVD is a must-have for your collection. It's in Dolby Digital so you can enjoy the movie in 5.1 channel sound, plus the Alternate Scenes (which you might've already seen in the television presentations) are included, so you have it all.

    That is where the quality ends though, everything else on the DVD is weak at best. The Audio Commentary is a total waste of time, they barely talk about the movie. It was disappointing to watch, especially when some of the funniest jokes are going on on screen. After 5 minutes you will agree and hit the "Audio" button on your DVD remote....more info

  • A super comedy classic!
    I think this is the best movie from the Zucker Brothers, it's a shame it had no sequels, like Airplane or Hot shots! I love this movie, I consider it's the funniest of the Whole Comedy series made it for the Zucker Brothers....more info
  • TOP SECRET
    The seller came through with no problems.I would recomend him to others. B.H....more info
  • HUSH HUSH IT'S FUNNY
    Much of the humor in the Zucker/Abraham/Zucker movies is found in the background. While you may be focused on what's going on up front, look at some of the things going on in the background. One of my favorites in this one is in the pizzaria. Val Kilmer and Lucy Gutteridge are having a serious confrontation while in the background, pizza eaters are having a hard time getting the pizza off because the cheese is sooo stringy! It's prime example of the off the wall humor.
    While TOP SECRET is sluggish compared to the AIRPLANE and NAKED GUN series, it is nonetheless funny most of the time. For those of us who remember the exploding Pinto crisis, the scene in which the Germans ping the Pinto is priceless. Christopher Villiers as the Torch has a sly moment when masquerading as a cow, a bull sort of gooses him. There's lot of sight gags and some really silly production numbers, but Kilmer and the gang, including an uncredited Omar Sharif, seem to be having fun. It's fun to watch....more info
  • Shouldn't be a secret
    It's remarkable how few people I know seem aware of this great comedy. The jokes fly fast and furious in the mode of Airplane -it's by the same team....more info
  • You'll laugh until you hurt!
    From the wacky Zucker brothers that brought you the Airplane and Naked Gun spoofs, we now have a total laugh fest with Top Secret. This movie sits right there at the top when it comes to sight gags, one-liners and a hilarious script.

    What do you get when you combine an American rock and roll star with totally inept Nazi's, resistance fighters named after French foods, a fight scene in a saloon under the water, and more comedy mayhem than you can handle? You've got a 3 ring circus of total insanity that never quits!

    If you're a fan of any spoof film (Naked Gun, Hot Shots, Airplane, etc.), this is definitely the movie for you and it will not disappoint. Just make sure you pay attention during the movie because there is a lot of subtle but hilarious gags and props in the background while the main action is happening.

    It's fantastic to see this movie finally make it to DVD. Some of the nice things on the disc are the the commentary by the directors, the 5.1 Surround sound track, alternate scenes, and storyboard compilations. Highly recommended and enjoyable!...more info

  • They should have kept the script TOP SECRET!
    As a lover of the Naked Guns, Hot Shots, and the like, I picked up this item hoping I would have little drops of urine trickle down my pant leg from laughing to hard. Instead, vomit trickled all over my chest from this movie making me sick.

    Val Kilmer is really good at humiliating himself in this movie. I feel embarreesed for him just watching him dance around like a gay Elvis. The movie only made me laugh once, because the jokes are not that good. If you want a good time call Leslie Neilson. He will always help you out when you need to chuckle.

    Final Review ********* -2,341 RamRods...more info
  • A Deft Skewering
    Top Secret is one of my guilty movie pleasures, for the non-stop way in which it throws every imaginable gag at the viewer - sight gags, puns, political humor, slapstick, musical parody, movie parody, classical ballet parody, Omar Sharif in a crunched-up car, an underwater saloon brawl to the tune of the theme for Bonanza, the surreal `backwards' scene in a Swedish bookstore (with subtitles, yet) and a member of the French Underground named D¨¦j¨¤ vu (`ave we not met before?") . These elements all come flying so thick and fast that at least some of them have a chance to stick to your funny bone. Top Secret cheerfully managed to skewer two apparently disparate genres; the `Cold War/WWII espionage flick, and Elvis Presley musicals, with some passing swipes at "Blue Lagoon" and various James Bond flicks. Frankly, it doesn't much matter of one gag falls a little flat, for there will be five or six more in the next few seconds, and the odds are that at least one of them will elicit uncontrollable giggles. "Top Secret" may have been Val Kilmer's very best movie performance, along with "Real Genius" - and it also proved without a doubt that if he couldn't have made it as an actor, he had a better than even chance as a pop-singer. Alas, within a couple of years he would start taking himself all too seriously. No movie role that he has had since has displayed quite as much of the manic sense of energy, the musical chops - or the gleeful sense of humor.

    This is definitely one of the most memorable and funniest films from the 1980s, amusingly repackaged with a bonus CD of pop songs from that period: INXS, A-ha, and the barely-recalled Echo and the Bunnymen. Extra features for the film itself include four alternate scenes, the original theatrical trailer and the obligatory commentary track by the directors, and producer.
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  • Top Secret Hum
    This movie is corny. I seen it with my dad when it first came out. I remember he said that it wasn't worth a wooden nickel. I still think it's funny and worth a watch. Award winner heck no. If you like movies like Airplane or any spoof movies you'll like this. ...more info
  • A surreal masterpiece
    Overshadowed by the success of Airplane! and The Naked Gun films, Top Secret! is in many ways the funniest and certainly the most inventive of the Zucker-Abrahms comedies. Unlike its more famous stablemates it doesn't have a single clearly defined genre to spoof, instead offering an inspired hybrid of World War Two movies, spy thrillers and Elvis and beach party movies (with potshots at The Blue Lagoon and Raiders of the Lost Ark en route) set in communist East Germany that provides a slew of targets, most of which it hits dead center. The jokes veer from crude and obvious to flights of amazing surrealism - the railway station scene has to be seen to be disbelieved while it even throws in an underwater barroom brawl in a Western saloon and a bookshop sequence played entirely in reverse - with plenty of remarkably clever visual gags along the way. There are perhaps fewer familiar faces this time round (Omar Sharif as an ill-fated spy, Peter Cushing as a bookseller, Jeremy Kemp as another German officer) but a lot of laughs, often in the worst possible taste, amounting to one of the most genuinely inspired movie spoofs ever made, and one well worth rediscovering.

    The DVD isn't as impressive as Paramount's 'Don't Call Me Shirley' edition of Airplane! but has a decent selection of extras: audio commentary by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jon Davidson, Hunt Lowry and Fred Rubin, 4 alternate scenes, 3 storyboard sequences, and the theatrical trailer.

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  • Ridiculous Humor, Ridiculous Movie, and Often Ridiculously Funny - Three and a Half Stars
    Directed by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, the directors of comedy classic "Airplane", "Top Secret!" follows in the same footsteps, with a similar brand of insane slap-stick comedy. If you've seen "Airplane," "Hot Shots" or "The Naked Gun", then you know what to expect. "Top Secret!" is the kind of film that is not afraid to poke fun at itself, or the movie industry in general, and much like the other films mentioned, "Top Secret!" is filled to the brim with hilarious jabs at pop-culture. From Pac Man to the Wizard of Oz, to a genius game of Tic-Tac-Toe (you'll see) "Top Secret!" is full of some truly classsic scenes. It doesn't come to close to standing up to "Airplane", and it certainly is not as memorable, but it is one heck of a funny film....more info