Movie: Top Secret!
Release Date: June 8, 1984
Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge.
Tag Lines: “Movie? What movie?”
“Don’t tell anyone.”
“From the makers of the original “Airplane!” (not the Wright brothers).”
Relevance: No one does funny quite like Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers, especially when it comes to over-the-top absurd, silly, parodies. Their movies always made me laugh the first, second and millionth time I watched them and you will be seeing their names a few times throughout the year on this list. ‘Top Secret!’ is the first one to show up.
I was already a huge fan of ‘Airplane,’ which of course is the Grand Poobah of these parodies and one that I will be watching much later this year. Because of that film, ‘Top Secret! was hugely anticipated in my house. I couldn’t wait for it to show up on HBO. When it finally did, I watched it with my dad, who loves these type of movies as much as I do, and we were not at all disappointed. It was another non-stop laugh-fest that made my dad cry from laughing and my mom leave the room rolling her eyes. (As I have already established, Chrissy, my mom, is not a fan of the “silly” genre.) This was also another HBO movie that seemed to be played over and over again in my childhood and I watched it every. single. time.
The movie also introduced me to Val Kilmer. He was funny, charming and not to mention super adorable in this movie. He is an actor that will be showing up a few times this year, including another one of my favorite comedies. However as Nick Rivers, his very first big screen role, he sang, danced, fought underwater and charmed his way into my heart.
Today’s Thoughts: Sometimes absolute silliness is the right medicine for the day. Every once in awhile you need to forget all of your troubles and just laugh uncontrollably. And that is exactly what I did when I watched ‘Top Secret!’ today.
Silly? Absolutely. And I loved every minute of it. There are so many little gags and jokes in this movie from beginning to end, it is difficult to keep up. A lot of them had slipped my mind since I haven’t seen it for a very long time, but the backwards scene, the BIG phone, the “motorcycle” hair, the man with the magnified eye, were all there and accounted for and as funny as ever.
The cast, including Val Kilmer, seem to take the ridiculousness very serious, only adding to the humor. Even veterans like Peter Cushing and Omar Sharif get in on the laughs. The movie did not do well in the box office and it is often forgotten, but for me it is pure joy and one that should be watched at least one, or a million and one times.
Ways to Watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, DVD Availabililty.