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Hot Shots! [1991]

Director:Jim Abrahams
Writer:Jim Abrahams
Pat Proft
Composer:Sylvester Levay
Length:85 minutes
(1 hour 25 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Topper Harley is brought back to the Air Force because he is the best of the best.

Reaction: Funny stuff though it does get a bit risqué at times.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Jim Abrahams => Director / Writer
Pat Proft => Writer
Sylvester Levay => Composer
Bill Irwin => Buzz Harley
Bob Lenz => Elvis 'The King' Presley
Bruce A. Young => 'Red' Herring
Cary Elwes => Lt. Kent Gregory
Charles Barkley => Himself
Charlie Sheen => Lt. Topper Harley
Don Lake => Doctor
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. => Wilson
Eugene Greytak => The Pope (as Gene Greytak)
Heidi Swedberg => Mary Thompson
Jerry Haleva => Saddam Hussein
Jon Cryer => Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach
Kevin Dunn => Lt. Cmdr. James Block
Kristy Swanson => Kowalski
Lloyd Bridges => Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson
Mark Arnott => Rosener
Rino Thunder => Owatonna, 'The Old One'
Ryan Stiles => 'Mailman' Farnham
Tony Lorea => Humphrey 'Bogie' Bogart
Valeria Golino => Ramada Thompson
William O'Leary => Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Some of the previews for the film jokingly claimed that [?] Saddam Hussein's role was played by himself.
  • Several aircraft carrier scenes were taken from the movie Flight of the Intruder, including the flyby of 4 planes when the pilots arrive at the aircraft carrier, when the bombs are loaded onto the planes, and when the planes launched for their final mission.
  • Lloyd Bridges replaced George C. Scott.
  • Charlie Sheen remarks before a particularly energetic fight sequence, "I learned this one from Paula Abdul." Paula Abdul was married to Charlie Sheen's brother, Emilio Estevez, at the time of the film's release.
  • The aircraft carrier on which the movie takes place is actually a wooden deck built on the edge of a cliff at a deserted Marineland facility. The film was shot at an angle that made the deck look like a ship at sea.
  • In the fake Indian language the English term "curve ball" translates to "Hershiser", a reference to Los Angeles Dodgers' ace pitcher [?] Orel Hershiser.
  • Topper Harley's name comes from Harley-Davidson's 1960's motor scooter, the Harley Topper.
  • A gag credit at the end of the film, "Things you can do after the movie", is the same as a gag credit at the end of the Bruce Lee send-up in The Kentucky Fried Movie.
  • Some previews contain this scene, which was not in the movie: Ramada asks Kent Gregory if there's a cue ball in his pocket, or is he just glad to see her, and Kent produces a cue ball.
  • CAMEO: Charles Barkley and [?] Bill Laimbeer re-enacting their infamous on-court brawl.