Top Secret! is another bumptious tribute to all that was odd in old movies. Followers of the Airplane! writer-director trio will probably be happy and satisfied with this effort, yet short of overjoyed.
Top Secret! is another bumptious tribute to all that was odd in old movies. Followers of the Airplane! writer-director trio will probably be happy and satisfied with this effort, yet short of overjoyed.The attempted target this time is a combination of the traditional spy film and Elvis Presley musical romps, which in and of itself is funny to start with. And Val Kilmer proves a perfect blend of staunch hero and hothouse heartthrob. But in a deliberate effort to do something different, the directors have unfortunately discarded the cast of matinee idols so closely identified with the originals. Other than that, Secret! shares the same wonderful wacky attitude that allows just about any kind of gag to come flowing in and out of the picture at the strangest times, given a full framework of Kilmer as an American pop idol drawn into a plot to reunite Germany under one rule. And how all of this gets started on the beach with ‘skeet surfing’ is a bit beyond easy description, along with the parachuting fireplace, a magniloquent minuet and the unexpected sexual delights in dressing up like a cow.
Paramount. Director Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker; Producer Jon Davison, Hunt Lowry; Screenplay Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Martyn Burke; Camera Christopher Challis; Editor Bernard Gribble; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Peter Lamont
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 90 MIN.
Val Kilmer Lucy Gutteridge Christopher Villiers Omar Sharif Peter Cushing Jeremy Kemp