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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Omar Sharif, Jeremy Kemp, Warren Clarke, Tristram Jellinek
  • Directors: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
  • Writers: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Martyn Burke
  • Producers: David Zucker
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMU1JG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Very funny movie!
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This movie made me laugh like no other movie has.
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One of the best movies I have ever seen.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Mikesell on June 2, 2004
Format: DVD
Top Secret! - the Jim Abrahams/Zucker Bros.' follow-up to Airplane! - does for (or is that *to*) Elvis movies and WWII espionage films what the earlier feature did for/to the airborne disaster genre. The gags are slightly more immature (not necessarily a bad thing, but in some cases may have been better had they been allowed to age a little before being put into production), but some, like the forced-perspective oversize phone or saying farewell to the Scarecrow, rival anything the ZAZ team has ever done.
The music is a mixed bag. "Skeet Surfing" and the Macy's jingle are great. "Tutti-Fruitti" and "Straighten the Rug" are less so (not that every song in an Elvis movie was worthy of screen time, either). Kudos to Val Kilmer, though; even when he's camping it up, the musical numbers remain watch- and listenable.
The only thing I don't care for on the disc is the audio commentary. The production team really rips the movie apart as if they had tried to make a "serious" film that fell apart. In that case, learning why/how it failed would be interesting and instructive. To shred a spoof film, especially a sophomore and sophomoric effort like Top Secret!, is entirely unwarranted. Sure there are plot holes. Sure it makes no sense that submarine would crash into a prison dungeon. Sure some things are only mildly amusing. Drawing undue attention to them is doubly pointless. Sheesh! If you're a big fan, skip the commentary.
I really enjoyed this movie and really (mostly) enjoyed its presentation on the DVD. There aren't a lot of extras, but be sure to hunt for the Easter Egg - it's definitely worth finding.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Just barely nudging out their own "Airplane!," I think Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker's "Top Secret" is the best slapstick comedy ever. It's got all a film should have: action, comedy, romance, great songs. This is unquestionably Val Kilmer's best movie, and he is perfect as Nick Rivers, the Elvis-like troubadour who is so famous that not even Frank Sinatra fits on the bill. The sight gags and puns are horrendously funny. I could spend hours recalling my favorite scenes. The film is a postmodern masterpiece, successfully intertwining and spoofing cliches from just about every film in the genre (most notably James Bond films and Elvis movies). The film openly points outs its flaws ("it's like the plot to some bad movie"), and celebrates film flubs. It breaks all the rules of "classic" cinema, and has made other spoof films basically impossible to be funny (films like "Spy Hard" and "Loaded Weapon").
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By I. Hsieh on December 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The ZAZ team (Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker) doesn't disappoint in the laugh department with this movie. This is mainly slapstick and visual gags, but it's the best of them. If you want some stupid, no-brain, sexual innuendo, parody comedy then this is the greatest!
This movie made me laugh like no other movie has. Val Kilmer has a wonderful performance as a rock-star and foreign dignitary. The parodies of popular Beach Boys and Elvis songs are hilarious. The best scene and most creative I thought would have to be in the bookstore. You HAVE to see it to believe it. It made me laugh incredibly hard. You may have to pause the movie every once in a while so you can breathe. Although that may be exaggerating a bit it isn't far off.
This movie is well worth the money you pay for it. The laughs it delivers are tremendous and timeless. Have fun and don't laugh too hard!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alan Olsen on April 20, 2002
Format: DVD
This film was done by the same people who made "Airplane" and the "Police Squad" movies. I enjoy this film more. It is just as silly as the others, if not more so. I think the jokes work better in this film.
The film takes place in some unnamed East German-like country. The time is something between today, the 50s, the 40s and somewhere in between. It parodies teen rock-and-roll movies, french resistance films, Blue Lagoon and a bunch of other stuff thrown in for good measure. Val Kilmer plays a rock-and-roll teen idol named Nick Rivers. He gets involved with a bunch of resistance fighters in a represive soviet block country that plans on taking over the world. Funnier than it sounds. Surreal comedy at its best. (The guard falling off the castle wall is one of my favorite gags.)
How can you argue with a movie that starts with a Beach Boys parody called "Skeet Surfing"? ...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Shane Donaldson on July 22, 2002
Format: DVD
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Micheal Hunt on August 13, 2005
Format: DVD
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 got to see it.

Top secret is typical Zucker/Abraham humor 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 mishap 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 appearance. It really is a wonderful job in shooting it and the scenery and backgrounds are very nice... and that's coming from someone who never gives a s#!~ about that kind of stuff!!!! IMO it deserves an award for it, you just don't see those kind of things anymore these days.

Overall, the comedy is definitely there. It is funny, whacky and crazy as you expect from the Z-Z-A trio. But what really surprises me is how the 3 of them don't 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. Guaranteed to make the Airplane/naked gun/KFM fans laugh.
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