Combustible Celluloid
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With: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Omar Sharif
Written by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Martyn Burke
Directed by: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 90
Date: 06/08/1984

Top Secret! (1984)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Skeet Surfin'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I could never figure out why this comedy-packed gem bombed during its day until I saw it again and realized how juvenile it is. Nevertheless, my memories of it helped me enjoy it once again. Val Kilmer stars as an Elvis-like rock star sent behind the Iron Curtain and ends up saving humanity while managing to sing a few tunes. In one scene Val visits a bookstore run by Peter Cushing, who talks in a foreign language � actually the soundtrack run backwards. The disc contains one essential hidden Easter egg: this scene performed forwards, as filmed. "Everybody go skeet surfin'."

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