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Posted by kevdugp73 (Member # 5978) on :
 
Hey guys...anybody see this one. I've actually never heard of it, so wondering if it's any good. Seen it today at a local store for $5, but passed on it...should I rush back to buy it, or leave it right where it is. * I know what you're thinking..come on Kev...it's only five bucks...just get it and find out for yourself. Well, as I've previously posted, me and my wife put ourselves on an allowance system, and as I often was as a teenager (spending my allowance as soon as I got it)...I was flat broke! Allowance day is Thursday!
 
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
 
"Goodbye Deja Vu, I'll always remember you.
....And I'll miss you most of all Scarecrow!"

No way to review this movie..people that accept its spoof wackiness love it, but others have been known to add it to the $5 bin with hopes you'll pick it up. Most will agree though that Val Kilmer is hilarious in it.
 
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
 
It's from the makers of 'Airplane'/'The Naked Gun'/'Hot Shots'. Set in the late 50's/early 60's; about an American rock singer who gets caught up in a plot by a resistance movement to free a kidnapped scientist.

If you like the style of comedy the Zucker Brothers make, then you'll love Top Secret.
 
Posted by Chris the CandyFanMan (Member # 3197) on :
 
An underrated gem. There's so many priceless moments, from the East German's Women's Olympic Team, to Omar Sharif getting crushed into his car--and walking around afterwards with it still encased around him, to one of the craziest shootouts captured on film (the best part being Kilmer's impromptu tic-tac-toe game with the East Germans), to the world's first climactic underwater barroom brawl, with nice spoofs of The Blue Lagoon and The Great Escape thrown in, as well as numerous great sight gags. By all means pick it up if you have the funds.
 
Posted by LoverswithCassie (Member # 7794) on :
 
Blockbuster Entertainment along with Leonard Maltin give it not bad reviews, kevdugp73, thence I should say that you would get some laughs out of "Top Secret" and it would be worth buying.
 
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Top Secret is one of the best comedies ever made.
Much better than Airplane or any other ZAZ flick and don´t get me wrong, i like all of them.

Val Kilmer is awesome, truly oscar worthy material
(sadly they hardly ever notice this kind of stuff)

Go and get it kev, i´m sure you will love it.
 
Posted by P a u l (Member # 1022) on :
 
Echo that. Gotta go get it. At five bucks, I'm surprised you didn't take a punt on it anyway....

[THINKS OUT LOUD]There should be a price level below which any member should be legally bound to purchase any 80s DVD they find...[/THINKS OUT LOUD]
 
Posted by kevdugp73 (Member # 5978) on :
 
Geeesh...I wasn't sure if I should even take time to respond in the forum, or run frantically out the door to go get it! Thanks for the quick response guys. And Paul...didn't you read the part about my allowance [Frown] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Devolution (Member # 1731) on :
 
Devolution here,

It's been a hard days night, and I've been working like a dog... The best Horse song ever.

We are DEVO
 
Posted by P a u l (Member # 1022) on :
 
"I know a little German. He's sitting over there. "

"I'm not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground."

Excellent movie........
 
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by P a u l:
[THINKS OUT LOUD]There should be a price level below which any member should be legally bound to purchase any 80s DVD they find...[/THINKS OUT LOUD]

I have a baseball bat. We can make this happen! It's for their own good!
 
Posted by P a u l (Member # 1022) on :
 
I acknowledge I may not want to know nthe answer to this, but.... you're english, what are you doing owning a baseball bat? That's the 21st century equivalent of some seventies bloke saying he has a shooter and a transit van....
 
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
 
quote:
I acknowledge I may not want to know nthe answer to this, but.... you're english, what are you doing owning a baseball bat? That's the 21st century equivalent of some seventies bloke saying he has a shooter and a transit van....
Ok I admit it: I lied. I don't own a baseball bat. I don't even own a cricket bat. Though if I were to choose an implement to deliver a beating I think baseball bats are far more aerodynamic and 'swingy' than cricket bats (I made up the word 'swingy' - like it?)

I do, however, have a 70's bloke with a shooter and a transit van.*


*Clearly - another lie. 'Life on Mars'?
 
Posted by sheena (Member # 5620) on :
 
"I know a little German. He's sitting over there. "

"I'm not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground."

Haha Paul, I was going to say the exact same quotes but you beat me....it is a awesome movie, one of my faves!
 
Posted by kevdugp73 (Member # 5978) on :
 
I went back to the store to pick up "Top Secret"...it was gone! However, went to a used book store, which also sells DVDs...and it was there. The fact that this movie was even in either of these two places was a miracle...I was meant to own it [Wink] Hopefully get a chance to watch it soon. Also have made a pact with myself...if there's an 80's movie that I don't have and it costs $5...I WILL BUY IT! That being said...got License To Drive at the same time...$5.
 
Posted by Zombo (Member # 8405) on :
 
"How do we know he's not... Mel Torme?"

Saw this one in the theaters back in the early '80s...loved it then, love it now. I enjoyed the comedic performance of Omar Sharif. Seeing Dr. Zhivago squashed inside of a car...really too funny!
 
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
 
"This is *not* Mel Torme!"

"What phony dog poo?"
 
Posted by Chris the CandyFanMan (Member # 3197) on :
 
"What is the condition of Sergeant Kruger? Yes, I see. Well, inform me if there is any change in his condition. (hangs up) He's dead."
 
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
 
watched this one last night. had never seen all of it before. it was awesome! [Big Grin]

i wonder if it's still going for 5 bucks?

it's officially one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. i am surprised it's not more well known...besides here, of course.

[ 01. January 2011, 12:41: Message edited by: Ronnie ]
 
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
 
Ronnie.. I think that this thread alone has probably jacked the price back up to say $9.99

Did you watch it on Netflix? I have it in my instant queue, but have yet to watch it again.
 
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
 
Tonight:

NICK RIVERS
also
STEVIE WONDER
LINDA RONSTADT
and time permitting
FRANK SINATRA
 
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
 
valley, i didn't know it was on netflix...that's great, because i can watch it again, if i want. [Smile]

it was on cable last night. don't remember the channel, though.
we watched it while ringing in the new year, and scarfed on pizza. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by kevdugp73 (Member # 5978) on :
 
I've seen it recently on DVD Ronnie...as part of a double feature, though I can't remember what the other movie was....still goin' pretty cheap. Shamefully, I started this thread a year ago, and have yet to watch the movie!
 
Posted by warriorwoman73 (Member # 9316) on :
 
"Top Secret" was very silly and the first movie in the theater I remember seeing Val Kilmer in - I believe it was his first big role. I still remember the whole "Skeet Surfing" part at the beginning where the chick gets up from lying facedown on the beach and there were two "holes" left behind from her enormous ta-tas. Too funny.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
http://www.british-film-locations.com/Top-Secret-1984 - some of the British locations that they used in the shooting of the extremely funny Top Secret!
 
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Let´s check out some Top Secret posters.

Here in Finland we had this Airplane style submarine movie poster:

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Never kiss.. ahem, seen these lips before (see the alternate Airplane title Flying High):

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The cow version:

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Text only version with a fun Airplane joke:

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Never seen this cool poster before:

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Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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It's not my copy but Here's pics i just found from the front and back of the original 1984 UK cic video release.

Cool posters atomik and I know the bottom one (the hero is a Berk) as well as I believe the one above are the original UK cinema quad posters used here upon its release.

I think they all look great!


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https://youtu.be/5cFSWxzXXOo - Top Secret - The Best Of Chocolate Mousse
 
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Our Esselte/CIC release included both submarine and the cow [Cool]

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