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)
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
Lt. Topper Harley
Lt. Kent Gregory
Adm. Thomas 'Tug' Benson
Lt. Cmdr. James Block
Jim 'Wash Out' Pfaffenbach
Pete 'Dead Meat' Thompson
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Bruce A. Young
Owatonna 'The Old One'
Unprecendented! Uncut! Under 10 dollars!
Release Date: 31 July 1991
Filming Locations: California, USA
Opening Weekend: $10,848,182
(4 August 1991)
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.
Hey everybody. Drinks are on me.
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
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.