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The second of Zucker-Abraham-Zucker's theatrical-feature spoofs ([[Feature~V1306~Airplane~airplane]] was the first, discounting the patchwork [[Feature~V27111~Kentucky Fried Movie~thekentuckyfriedmovie]]), Top Secret! lampoons practically every film genre. Specifically, however, this is a hybrid of an "Elvis" movie and a World War II "underground resistance" thriller. In his film debut, [[Performer~P38142~Val Kilmer~valkilmer]] plays Nick Rivers, a Presley-like American rock idol sent behind the Iron Curtain on a goodwill tour. Before long, he is involved in a complex espionage scheme thanks to beautiful Lucy Gutteridge, the daughter of a scientist ([[Performer~P27964~Michael Gough~michaelgough]]) held captive by the Communists. Also essential to the action is flamboyant resistance leader [[Performer~P73583~Christopher Villiers~christophervilliers]], who behaves like [[Performer~P46528~Victor Mature~victormature]] in [[Feature~V146853~Betrayed~opafbetaling]] (1954) and talks like [[Performer~P101610~James Mason~jamesmason]]. Adhering to Z-A-Z's cheerful disregard for people, places and events, the East Germans are depicted as Nazis, while the Underground is comprised of Frenchmen. The plot is mainly an excuse for the Z-A-Z team's fondness for joke-a-minute lampoonery, skewering cinematic targets ranging from [[Feature~V6267~The Blue Lagoon~thebluelagoon]] (1980) to [[Feature~V55015~The Wizard of Oz~ozunomahotsukai]] (1939). As in Z-A-Z's other efforts, Top Secret! scores its biggest yocks when invoking cliches that we never realized were cliches-and falls on its face whenever attempting a too-obvious gag (the biggest clinker: that pigeon statue in the park). Everyone has his or her favorite bits in this film: our faves include the resistance fighter named Deja Vu ("Haven't we met somewhere before?"), Kilmer's horrible nightmare while being tortured (he arrives too late to take final exams), the army-booted cow, the sensitive Pinto, and the East German National Anthem, sung to the tune of the Shorewood (Wisconsin) High School marching song. But let's say no more: comedy of this nature is designed to be seen, not written or read about. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 8, 1984

Cast

Val Kilmer
as Nick Rivers
Lucy Gutteridge
as Hillary
Christopher Villiers
as Nigel
Omar Sharif
as Cedric
Peter Cushing
as Bookstore Owner
Jeremy Kemp
as Gen. Streck
Billy Mitchell
as Martin
Michael Gough
as Dr. Flammond
Harry Ditson
as Du Quois
Jim Carter
as Deja Vu
Mac McDonald
as German Soldier
Ian McNeice
as Blind Man
Louise Yaffe
as Cafe Diner
Major Wiley
as Porter
Marcus Powell
as Little German
Nancy Abrahams
as Pregnant Woman
Nicola Wright
as Pizzahaus Girl
Richard Mayes
as Biletnikov
Richard Pescud
as Priest
Russell Sommers
as Student
Susan Breslau
as Cafe Diner
Sydney Arnold
as Albert Potato
Tristram Jellinek
as Maj. Crumpler
Vyvyan Lorrayne
as Mme. Bergerone
Warren Clarke
as Col. Von Horst
John Sharp
as Maitre D'
Andrew Hawkins
as Pilot
Burton Zucker
as Chef
Charlotte Zucker
as Cafe Diner
Dimitri Andreas
as Latrine
Eddie Tagoe
as Chocolate Mousse
Gertan Klauber
as Mayor

Crew

Jerry Zucker
Director
Jim Abrahams
Director
David Zucker
Director
David Zucker
Producer
Frederick Zollo
Producer
Jim Abrahams
Producer
Jerry Zucker
Producer
Hunt Lowry
Producer
Martyn Burke
Screenwriter
Jerry Zucker
Screenwriter
Jim Abrahams
Screenwriter
David Zucker
Screenwriter
Christopher G. Challis
Cinematographer
Jack Lowin
Cinematographer
Phil Pickett
Songwriter
Jerry Zucker
Songwriter
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
David Zucker
Songwriter
Derek Ball
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bernard Gribble
Editor
Peter Lamont
Production Designer
John Fenner
Art Director
Michael Lamont
Art Director
Tom Jacobson
Associate Producer
Jerry Zucker
Executive Producer
David Zucker
Executive Producer
Jim Abrahams
Executive Producer
Crispian Sallis
Set Designer
Emma Porteous
Costume Designer
Derek Ball
Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Allder
Special Effects
Barry Langley
First Assistant Director
Freddie Cooper
Camera Operator
Gillian Gregory
Choreography
Donald Toms
Production Manager
Lucy Boulting
Casting
Susan Arnold
Casting
Mary Selway
Casting
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
Jack Lowin
Second Unit Director
Joe Powell
Stunts Coordinator
Kay Freeborn
Makeup
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