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Top Secret

Year: 1984
Studio: Paramount
Director: Jim Abrahams/David Zucker/Jerry Zucker
Producer: Jon Davidson/Hunt Lowry
Writer: Jim Abrahams/David Zucker/Jerry Zucker
Cast: Val Kilmer, Omar Shariff, Peter Cushing
It's so long ago now, few people remember that the Zucker/Abrahams trio's follow up to the phenomenally successful Flying High was a flop on release.

God knows how, because while it doesn't reach the hallowed heights of their 1980 tribute to the campy airport dramas, they use the same m.o.; ridiculous story, the most quotable dialogue in film history and a plethora of visual gags.

It was Val Kilmer's film debut as Nick Rivers, an Elvis-inspired American rock star who travels to East Germany at the height of the Cold War to take part in a cultural festival.

But the festival is a front to divert the world's attention away from the real plans of the faux-Nazi, faux-Bolshevik East German leadership.

Nick is soon embroiled in a clandestine plot with the French Resistance in a story that could only come from the pen of a melodramatic thriller writer. As Nick himself says before he and Hillary nervously turn towards the camera; "I'm not the first guy who fell in love with a woman 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."""

Laugh out loud if the classic Zucker comedy is your style, and I could go on forever; 'Is this the Potato Farm?' 'Yes, I'm Albert Potato', 'Let me know if there's any change in his condition... he's dead', 'there is sauerkraut in my leederhausen'.

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