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Hot Shots!


Parody of "Top Gun" in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.5/10 (40,922 voted)

Jim Abrahams

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino

Topper Harley, a top gun fighter pilot, is recalled to serve on the SS Essess. Topper's mission is to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear plants. Unfortunately, Topper is psychologically imbalanced and is sure to crack under pressure.

Writers: Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft


Charlie Sheen

Lt. Topper Harley
Rhett Butler

Cary Elwes

Lt. Kent Gregory

Valeria Golino

Ramada Thompson
Scarlett O'Hara
Lois Lane

Lloyd Bridges

Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson

Kevin Dunn

Lt. Cmdr. James Block

Jon Cryer

Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach

William O'Leary

Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson

Kristy Swanson


Efrem Zimbalist Jr.


Bill Irwin

Buzz Harley

Heidi Swedberg

Mary Thompson

Bruce A. Young

'Red' Herring

Ryan Stiles

'Mailman' Farnham

Rino Thunder

Owatonna 'The Old One'

Mark Arnott


Unprecendented! Uncut! Under 10 dollars!

Release Date: 31 July 1991

Filming Locations: California, USA

Opening Weekend: $10,848,182
(4 August 1991)
(1929 Screens)

Gross: $176,300,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Several aircraft carrier scenes were taken from the movie
Flight of the Intruder, including the flyby of 4 planes when the pilots arrive at the aircraft carrier, when the bombs are loaded onto the planes, and when the planes launched for their final mission.


During Dead Meat's funeral, the Admiral pulls a revolver out of his waist band. After ducking behind the casket, he begins shooting with a semi automatic pistol.


Kent Gregory:
Hey everybody. Drinks are on me.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

It's 2006 and I still believe this is one of the best parodies of all
times, worth to include next to Spaceballs, Naked Gun and Scary Movie
(all 3 of them).

From time to time I like watching such movies, since I'm sick and tired
of all the modern "shoot 'em up" or "philosophy for n00bs" type of
films. It's relaxing and a good laugh always makes you forget about
everything else.

Now that was besides the point. Getting back to "Hot Shots", I can say
only one thing – excellent. And to be honest, every movie that starred
Charlie Sheen I've seen since was dull. Maybe it's a little unfair to
remember Charlie Sheen only for this role (he's a very good actor), but
he was so…funny in it that I can't help it. The movie itself is very
well glued together, the scenes are dubbed with the perfect soundtrack
to make you laugh 'till you fall off your chair and the comedy
techniques are (as somebody said before me) classic – no fart/burp
jokes or toilet humor.

Overall, I'd watch it anytime.