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Top Secret! [1984] (1 disc)
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Director:David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Writer:David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Martyn Burke
Composer:Maurice Jarre
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: An American singer is invited to perform in East Germany and ends up involved in the French Revolution.


Reaction: A great example of the gag-a-minute philosophy, though it does get a bit too risqué for the very young audience.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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David Zucker => Director / Writer
Jerry Zucker => Director / Writer
Jim Abrahams => Director / Writer
Martyn Burke => Writer
Maurice Jarre => Composer
Christopher Villiers => Nigel 'The Torch', Resistance Leader
Eddie Tagoe => Chocolate Mousse, Resistance Member
Harry Ditson => Du Quois, Resistance Member
Ian McNeice => Blind Souvenir Vendor
Jeremy Kemp => General Streck
Jim Carter => Déjà Vu, Resistance Member
John J. Carney => Klaus, Prison Interrogator
Lee Sheward => Young Nigel
Lucy Gutteridge => Hillary Flammond
Mandy Nunn => Young Hillary
Marcus Powell => Little German
Michael Gough => Dr. Paul Flammond
Omar Sharif => Agent Cedric
Peter Cushing => Bookstore Proprietor
Richard Bonehill => Scarecrow
Richard Pescud => Priest at Fleurgendorf Prison
Sara Montague => Crying Girl at Nick's Concert
Val Kilmer => Nick Rivers
Warren Clarke => Colonel von Horst

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The "Latin" spoken by the priest at Fleurgendorf Prison on the way to the execution room is just random phrases, borrowed partly from the religious, medical and legal professions, with various other words and names thrown in ([?] Rick Dureus, [?] Patty Passeu). At one point, he also says in Pig Latin: "Ooreyay oingay ootay etgay iedfray in the airchay," which translates, "You're going to get fried in the chair."
  • After receiving an order, one of the German officers replies with, "Ich liebe Dich, mein Schatz," which translates to "I love you, honey."
  • Val Kilmer's first feature film.
  • The film had a budget of $8 million and came in a million under.
  • The scene in which Lucy Gutteridge looks down from the balcony onto the street to see hamsters and mice was in fact a miniature from Superman. The Zucker Brothers (Jerry Zucker and David Zucker) and Jim Abrahams stated in their DVD commentary that they found it in the old Shepperton studios and thought it would be a great idea to use it somewhere in the movie.
  • The black conductor calling for tickets in ostensible German is actually reciting the old Yiddish saying, "May you grow like an onion, with the head in the ground."
  • The idea of skeet surfing came out of the Zucker brothers trying to outdo each other at press junkets. They would specifically concoct outlandish stories to amuse themselves and bewilder journalists.
  • When Nick Rivers is in jail, a head shot of [?] Cher can be clearly seen on the wall of the cell several times. Val Kilmer was dating [?] Cher at the time.
  • Even though it has been pointed out that the "German" phrases Nick was learning on the train were basically gibberish, the translations for those phrases include, "I want a schnauzer with my weinerschnitzel," and, "There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen."