Hot Shots! (1991)

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The gang that created Airplane and The Naked Gun sets its sights on Top Gun in this often hilarious spoof starring Charlie Sheen, who previously only inspired laughs with his personal life. He plays Topper Harley, a fighter pilot with an ax to grind: clearing the family name. He gets involved in a relationship with Valerie Golino, a woman with an unusually talented stomach. But his mission is to avenge his father. Lloyd Bridges, late in his career, revealed an aptitude for this kind of silliness, here as a commander who is both incredibly dim and delightfully accident prone. Directed by Jim Abrahams, the film makes fun of a variety of other films as well, from Dances with Wolves to The Fabulous Baker Boys. It was so successful that they all returned in the sequel, Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Hot Shots! Collection

Hot Shots! is a 1991 comedy spoof film starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer and Ryan Stiles. It was directed by Jim Abrahams, and was written by Abrahams and Pat Proft. Carrying the same comedic vein as Airplane!, a film Abrahams co-directed, the film primarily spoofs the 1986 action film Top Gun, but also draws material from films like Rocky and Superman. It spawned a sequel in 1993, Hot Shots! Part Deux. Sheen and Cryer would later co-star in the television series Two and a Half Men, in which Stiles also went on to play a recurring role.

Movie Details

Theatrical Release:July 31st, 1991
On DVD & Blu-ray:August 6th, 2002 - Buy DVD
Movie Budget:$26,000,000
Movie Box Office Gross:$181,096,164 (Worldwide)
Original Language:English
Executive Producers:Pat Proft
Production Companies:20th Century Fox