“Top Secret!” (1984) directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, starring Val Kilmer / Z-View

Top Secret! (1984)

Director:  Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Screenplay by:  Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Martyn Burke

Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Jeremy Kemp, Warren Clarke, Ian McNeice,  Michael Gough and Peter Cushing.

Tagline: Shhh!

The Story:

While on tour in East Germany (a very Nazi-like place), rock-and-roll superstar, Nick Rivers (Kilmer) falls in love and is drawn into international intrigue.

Thoughts (beware of spoilers)

I put off seeing Top Secret! for years decades because of less than stellar reviews.  Recently I saw a clip of Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge and Peter Cushing in the Swedish bookstore scene.  The scene was staged so that it could run backwards in the movie.  The end result is English dialogue playing backwards for Swedish and the actors pulling off very interesting effects. Check out the scene and see what I mean.  I thought that was extremely clever, so I decided to give the movie a chance.

There are sight-gags galore.  I was surprised/amused by the abuse that Omar Sharif took.  The cow-disguise and the underwater fight scenes were worth the price of admission.  If I was to pick any nits, I’d say take out a song or two and add more silliness.  Still, if you’re a fan of Airplane-type humor, then you’d probably enjoy Top Secret!.