Top Secret!

Top Secret!

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Director: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Val Kilmer

Cast: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, Val Kilmer

     
 

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The wacky Zucker brothers are at it again with their '80s cold war spoof Top Secret! Paramount's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is only mildly passable at best. There is an overabundance of dirt, grain, and other defects in the transfer, and some of the colors and black levels aren't nearly as sharp as one might hope. While the image is

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The wacky Zucker brothers are at it again with their '80s cold war spoof Top Secret! Paramount's work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is only mildly passable at best. There is an overabundance of dirt, grain, and other defects in the transfer, and some of the colors and black levels aren't nearly as sharp as one might hope. While the image is decent, Paramount could have done a much better job at cleaning up this print. The soundtrack is available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and Dolby 2.0 Stereo in French. The 5.1 soundtrack on this disc is evenly mixed with a few directional effects sprinkled throughout the movie. All aspects of the mix are free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles and closed captions. Fans of this nutty comedy will be happy to see the inclusion of four deleted scenes from the film. The scenes are in very poor condition, but are quite amusing. A very funny commentary track by director Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker; producers Jon Davidson and Hunt Lowry; and moderator Fred Rubin provide a belly full of laughs and chuckles all the way though. Sure, there are a few stories about the production and history of the film, though mostly this is just a goofily entertaining commentary full of funny asides. Finally, there are three storyboard sequences and a theatrical trailer for the film.

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While critically less admired than Airplane! (1980), Top Secret! (1984) nonetheless proved a successful follow-up for the team of Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker. As with the previous movie, the directors continued to develop a new kind of comedy for the '80s. Top Secret!'s zaniness owed more to a Marx Brothers' classic like Monkey Business (1931) or a free-for-all like Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) than its contemporaries, leaving aside such niceties as plot resolutions and character development. While some reviewers complained about the nonexistence of the plot, Roger Ebert pointed out that "One does not attend movies like Top Secret! in order to follow the story line." Critics enjoyed Val Kilmer's unlikely -- in retrospect -- acting debut. Playing an outdated hero with aplomb, he is aptly matched by the deadpan innocence of Shakespearian actor Lucy Gutteridge. The Zuckers and Abrahams would continue to explore anarchic comedy in later films like The Naked Gun (1988) and Hot Shots! (1991).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
UPC:
0097360156744
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Mono; 4 alternate scenes; Group commentary by directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker; producers Jon Davidson & Hunt Lowry; and moderator Fred Rubin; English subtitles; Storyboards; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Jim Abrahams Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jerry Zucker Director,Songwriter,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Zucker Director,Songwriter,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects
Anderson Songwriter
Susan Arnold Casting
Derek Ball Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Lucy Boulting Casting
Martyn Burke Screenwriter
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Freddie Cooper Camera Operator
John Fenner Art Director
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
Kay Freeborn Makeup
Gillian Gregory Choreography
Bernard Gribble Editor
Paul "H.R." Hudson Songwriter
Tom Jacobson Associate Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Michael Lamont Art Director
Barry Langley Asst. Director
Jack Lowin Cinematographer
Hunt Lowry Producer
Mike Moran Songwriter
Phil Pickett Songwriter
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Mary Selway Casting
Donald Toms Production Manager
Frederick Zollo Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Trouble on the Berlin Express [3:13]
2. Global Domination [2:10]
3. Skeet Surfing [2:49]
4. Nick Rivers... Ambassador [5:18]
5. The Cultural Festival [2:44]
6. Party Tricks [4:06]
7. East German National Anthem [3:36]
8. Table for Two [1:38]
9. Folk Dancing [1:56]
10. Das Tutti Frutti [3:41]
11. The Nutcracker Suite [5:18]
12. Lengthy Incarceration [2:13]
13. Escape Attempts [4:26]
14. Dr. Paul Flammond [1:00]
15. Nick Rivers in Concert [5:15]
16. Pigeon Park [2:44]
17. The Swedish Bookstore [2:16]
18. Childhood Stories/"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" [4:23]
19. Meeting With Some Resistance [1:05]
20. The Torch [1:15]
21. Nice Shooting [2:04]
22. Der Pizza Haus/"Straighten the Rug" [2:37]
23. One of the Herd [2:11]
24. Breaking Into Flugeldorf Prison [2:24]
25. Double Cross [1:46]
26. Underwater Bar Room Brawl [4:18]
27. Romantic Finale [4:39]
28. End Credits/"Spend This Night With Me" [6:32]

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Top Secret! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo suckas! Listen to the gangsta sucka movie reviewer here. You'll love this schmitt right here, certainly better than that gangsta Wayne Miller. All joking aside... This is an excellent comedy, and showcases the talents of Val Kilmer. Enjoy the play on German language and culture. Tschuss und gut bier!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago